Happy Birthday Hermana Tanner! With Hermana Manueltia Flores, our mission grandma!
Buenos dias Familia!!
No puedo creer que ya esta lunes!! But what an awesome week it has been. I feel that every single week is faster and faster! But it has been another week full of miracles.
First off, last Monday we had scheduled an appointment to meet with one of our newer investigators, but when we got there, they weren't home. Their mom said that they left a while ago and hadn't returned. We were sad because we were super excited for that lesson, but God always has backup miracles! We had to make a quick pit stop at the gas station, and as we were leaving, guess who we saw? The investigators we had gone to visit! They said they were running late and hoped they hadn't missed us, we said we had already stopped by, but they asked if we could still go right then. Well of course. And the lesson went super awesome (sometimes God just makes us wait a little bit :)) We asked them if they had a chance to pray about the Restoration and she began to explain how she had a dream about the life of Jose Smith. I kid you not when I say that Hispanics have the most incredible dreams. She said that she received her answer that he really was called to be a prophet. Then he explained that he had been praying a lot, but still hadn't received an answer, but that he would keep trying because he really wants to know too. They are amazing!! Ages 17 and 18 and they just want to know the truth. I know that there are so many prepared people out here.
Later in the week we had the chance to go on exchanges. I got to go over to Bearcreek and work in that area with Hermana Rife, our sister training leader, for a day. I love going on exchanges because there are so many opportunities to learn new things! For example, that God gives revelation when we ask for it. Being in an area other than your own, for less than twenty four hours is a bit stressful because you don't know anyone! But when we ask for revelation and guidance, the Lord will give it to us in the moment that we need it. We had a really cool experience how during studies I had read a scripture in Alma 44 (the war chapters are my favorite…) I felt that we needed to share that with one of the members we were going to visit. It is about the armies of Moroni vs. Amalikiah and how in the end the Lamanites were delivered into the hands of the Nephites because of their faith and pure intentions. In verse four it says "ye see that God will support and keep and preserve us so long as we are faithful unto him and unto our faith and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should… deny our faith" The Hermana that we visited just broke down into tears and opened right up about a really personal trial that she had been going through. She said that this was exactly what she needed to be reminded of. That no matter how hard the war is that we are fighting, in the end we will always win if we hold fast to our faith and trust in the Lord. Also, we have been working with this amazing new family. I don't know if I mentioned them last week, but we received them as a referral from the English elders that cover our area. We went over the first time and just stated our purpose and a brief restoration message and they seemed super interested. Then a few days later we taught the full restoration and both parents and their twelve year old committed to baptism on the seventeenth! Then yesterday, unfortunately, due to excess of rain, daylight savings that wasn't daylight savings, and work, they couldn't make it to church but we had an awesome lesson about the Book of Mormon and both of them had started reading it. We read 3 Nephi 11 and they both were really amazed and touched. It was pure evidence that you truly get closer to Christ through reading the Book of Mormon, than by any other book. The pure love that you can feel as you imagine being one of those going up to him "one by one" to feel the scars of the nails. They are an incredible family and I can't wait to see them continue progressing! I love being a missionary so much! Life is so beautiful and the gospel is so true. God loves us more than we can even imagine and wants to help us; we just have to be humble enough to gratefully accept his help. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Look for the little miracles, and you will be amazed all that God has done for you! Share the gospel, because how could we keep this joy to ourselves! Replace fear with faith!
les quiero demasiado,