Well... it's been another great week here in Westgreen. Last week started off with a super awesome miracle. It was around 8:40, so we had about twenty minutes before we had to be back to our apartment, so we felt like we should go to “fiesta” (the local supermercado) and see if there was anyone we could talk to. Well it was super full actually, but there was one lady in specific that I made eye contact with, but then she kept walking. Well we wandered in a bit, and then I saw her again, but then she was gone before I could talk to her! Then we were standing in an aisle and I saw her walk past, into the next aisle over. Well, not so casually we walked over and we just introduced ourselves. She said she was... of another faith. Oh. Okay. Well… But then somehow she ended up sharing that her daughter was in the hospital. We asked her if we could say a prayer with her, and she gladly accepted. After the prayer she asked again what church we were from and where it was at. We gave her a map to our chapel and our phone number. She explained that she had been sitting in the hospital all day long then all of the sudden something got her up and to the store at that moment. She told us she felt like she had to meet us for a reason. Wow! Unfortunately she was running to get back so we didn't get her info, but we are praying that she will call us or come to church next Sunday. It just shows that the Lord puts those prepared people in our path, we just have to open our mouths to find them!
On Tuesday we had an incredible zone conference. We talked a lot about the importance of us using family history work in proselyting. President Pingree explained the spirit of Elijah in a way so clear that I hadn't thought before, that it is the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the eternal nature of families, so what better way to connect them to the Holy Ghost and prepare them to receive the restored gospel! Also at the end, all the missionaries preparing to return home these next two transfers had time to bear their testimonies and there was one sister that said something particularly interesting. She told a story, but basically the point was that little kids don't get their "rest" from sleeping, but they get it from being with those that they love. And how as missionaries, where do we find our "rest"? Or what is it that "charges" us to keep going and how we should all strive to find it in the correct things. Not through worldly means, but the purest energy source, which is the Atonement and the love of Christ. Food for thought.
Then on Wednesday I got to go to Waller County for exchanges! It is actually the Waller area... but they cover three different cities... and they are all thirty minutes or more apart. Needless to say, it is very... well, what I imagined Texas to be. We had an awesome opportunity to teach a new investigator though. She is very dedicated to her church, but she said it doesn't hurt to learn... then she of course wanted to bible bash with everything we said. But, it was interesting because every doctrinal point that she tried to fight, we had an answer or clarification in the Book of Mormon. It just reaffirmed my testimony of how God knew there would be so much confusion, and so I am so grateful He has blessed us with more records to clarify those plain and precious things!
Thursday was full of the plan of Salvation! One lesson in specific with one of the newer families we have been teaching was especially powerful. The plan just fills in so many gaps, and it is amazing to watch people as they take it in. At the end of the lesson we invited the daughter to say the prayer, who is a little wayward, and she agreed. Her prayer was so heartfelt with gratitude for the opportunity to learn more about her purpose, and the mom was crying by the end. The mom shared that she doesn't know why, but she feels so strongly that God led us to her family at that specific time.
You know... I just feel so under qualified for this calling... But I guess that's the point. I couldn't be more grateful to know that it isn't my work that we are doing, it is the Lord's, and so he is going to do his part if we do! Sorry I just keep going on and on... but we had another amazing lesson with the ‘missionaries’ sister! She agreed to pay a full tithe after her baptism, in her own way. Luckily we had a member with us who has a bit more experience, because she was very honest with us that she doesn't know the full income of her husband, and she doesn't work. She just has the money that he gives her. But she committed to pay ten percent of what he does give her. She had so much confidence that this would bless them in the ways that they need. She is really progressing so much and really considering baptism. Up until the moment that she shared that she wants her brother to baptize her... he comes home in March!! ...2015. Well, we are going to keep praying and I think he will probably persuade her otherwise. But either way, we will just keep preparing her and helping her build her faith so when the moment does come, she will be completely ready!
Okay, one last thing. On Saturday we had lunch with a member and they invited their friends who aren't members and we taught the first lesson, and we are going to keep teaching them! So for all of you here is an invitation, it is as simple as a meal appointment, but just invite other to meet the missionaries. You never know what could happen from there!
We had stake conference this weekend and Elder Pino of the seventy said that we don't have the role of judge to decide will accept or who not, we just have the responsibility to invite everyone!!
Well, that's all my time for today, hopefully I said something that made sense, but if not, just know that the church is true. The Atonement was made. And we can replace any fear, doubt, or pain with faith!
I love you all! Have a wonderful week!