Well another week has flown by...no joke...these days are going by fast and I can't seem to make them slow down. But this past week was good! We had success with some things and not with other things, but we push on!
Monday- After pday and writing letters and hanging out with the other hermana's we all went to Subway for dinner and then went on with our days. We had an FHE with the Garcia family and read the parable in Mark 4 about the seeds and where they fall. We had the kids draw in out! It was fun and we all learned something new. After that we did some contacting, but all those we contacted aren't interested in the message we share :( it always makes me sad when they don't want to listen. But we try and try again!
(STL's and making weird faces)
Tuesday- We had EXCHANGES in BUENA VISTA BABY!!! Oh my goodness I was SOO excited to go back to my old area. It has been like 10 months...just about. We first had a lesson with Hna. Duran and we shared a scripture on how we all must share the gospel because there are lost sheep put in the world. We then did some contacting and got to share a little bit about the message we share. After that we had a lesson with a lady and her husband that have been investigating the church for about 5+ years and it was such a good lesson! We didn't get through all of it, but they both seemed sincerely interested. After that we all ate dinner at a super yummy pizza place! (it was just like Solo's, so it reminded me of home). And then we contacted because our appt fell through, and we stopped by and saw Cindy and her family (a family that I taught when I was there a year ago). And then lastly we passed by a less active family and shared a message. She was so cute and has such a precious testimony.
Wednesday- Then in the morning, guess who we saw?... MANUEL FELIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! I have missed that man. It was so good to see him and to see the progress that he has made. We taught him about the priesthood and what a blessing it is that he can have that and use that power from God. We then exchanged back and headed back to our area. We had a lesson with Guillermina and taught her the 1st half of the plan of salvation. She is awesome! She just takes everything in and is content with it. We then had a lesson with the Trejo family, they are less active and this time they were way more receptive and actually seemed happy to have us there! Before it did not feel that way...So we are making baby steps with them! We just need to help them come back to church. After that we ran to our next lesson with Marcos and taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he loved it and he is almost done with the Book of Mormon...can you believe that!?? That night we passed by Francisco to see how he was and we had a good long talk with him. He told us that he has been praying about what to do and he desires to come to church, but feels that he must do a few things in his church before he moves over, but he loves what we teach him and he is very content with what we share. So that was comforting to know and we know that he will get there. Just gotta help him along the way. And then lastly we had a lesson with Veronica and taught her the first part of the Plan of Salvation and the spirit was there and she is progressing little by little.
((Left) Hna Meacham and I..now she is my STL (Right) MANUEL FELIX! My recent convert :) and man has he changed since the last time I saw him.)
Thursday- We had our wonderful planning session, and then we went to the DR to check out my headaches again because they have been bugging me while I sleep...so the DR said that it is stress that is all building up in my neck and causing the headaches, so he gave me some relaxants to take at night to help me sleep...so we will see how those work and then he wants me to go to a physical therapist and get some work done on my neck to loosen those muscles. So I am hoping that this will help and let me survive the last 2 months of my mission. We then contacted a bit and it poured outside! And for once, I was cold in Bakersfield. haha. But the rain was good and is helping the dirt...not be so...dry...haha. We then had a lesson with the Ramirez family and watched the Restoration movie and shared our testimonies about Joseph Smith and the restoration. And then we had a lesson with Francisco and we taught a bit about the plan of salvation and what happens after this life and it was really cool because he told us that he was just talking about that with his family on Sunday and didn't know what all happened after this life, so it gave him the answers he was looking for and the comfort he needed. God works in mysterious ways for sure.
Friday- We had our district meeting and learned more about teaching to the needs of our investigators. I am always amazed at the things that we learn are just perfect for what we need to work on. Like I said, God knows and works in mysterious ways. He is amazing! We then did a little bit of service at the homeless shelter. And then we had a long talk with Juventino... so the medicine was just kicking in because I didn't sleep the night before...so I was falling asleep during that talk, but we are hoping to reteach him some things...so yeah. We then contacted, and then had dinner and then met one of the older couples in the ward and they are so awesome! So focused on missionary work!
((Left) So it stormed and look what it produced! I have never seen a rainbow that big and that vibrant...I had to take a picture! (Right) Hermana Duran! I missed this lady! haha)
Saturday- We had a lesson with a less active named Anahi and shared Helaman 5:12 about building our lives upon the rock of Christ. We then had a lesson with Marcos and taught the fist part of the plan of salvation. And then we had a lesson with Guillermina and finished the plan of salvation with her too! After that we ran home for a bit and then ran to the baptismal service and it was so good! Hna. Gonzalez and I gave the missionary minute and President and Sister Wilson were there and we had Marcos and Guillermina come! It was so cool! After that we ate dinner and headed home!
Sunday- Church was good! It was really packed, and we had Marcos and Guillermina come! After church we ate dinner with the Rodriguez family and then contacted a bit and then we had a lesson with Veronica and finished the plan of salvation. This time her kids weren't running all over the place, so that was nice! That night we passed by the Garcia family and made sure we were all good for the FHE the next night.
So yeah, we had success with getting our investigators to church and having the members help us out with lessons..but we sadly didn't find any new investigators. But that just means we have things to work on! Besides that, all is well! We are having fun and learning new things every day.
I love and miss you all!
And can you believe I am hitting 16 months this Friday...?
Have a wonderful week!
Love, Hermana Aase