February 10, 2014
This week was incredible. I feel like I write that every week, but it just seems to get better and better. It's true when people say that your last 6 months are full of blessings and that's when every missionary shines. The Lord trusts quite a bit in His missionaries.
This week we were able to have 8 investigators in church and 6 of the 8 of our investigators are progressing towards their baptismal date!! Those investigators who came to church this week are:
*Those who are progressing (keeping their committments of reading, praying, coming to church and also have a baptismal date set)
Patricia, Miriam and Gabriel are all going to be baptized this Sunday after our Stake Conference in our Stake Center!! My companions and I are seriously pumped for them and the progress they've made. All 3 have come to church for three weeks straight.
Nicolas is making great strides as well and came to church for the 2nd time in three Sundays. He has his baptismal date for the 9th of March.
Finding Lucy (mom-49 yrs old) and Romina (daughter-24 years old) his week was absolutely incredible. Elder Anderson had already contacted and taught Romina while I was in Leadership Council a little over a week ago. Romina said that she was going to go on vacation for a week so my companions set a return visit for when they were going to be home. We went to that appointment this past Monday to follow up. I wasn't feeling too hot last Monday because we had played soccer in the morning and I had forgotten to put sunscreen on. The sun burnt me pretty bad and I had the worst headache I'd ever had. In love for my invesigators and willing to do anything for them so they can continue to progress, I asked my companions to call and confirm the visits for the day because I was going to try to leave the house like a normal day. My companions called to confirm the visits while I pleaded with my Heavenly Father in prayer that He would help my headache go away so I could think clearly and be able to teach Romina and the other investigators we were scheduled to teach. I wanted to teach very powerfully and with the Spirit. The Lord tested my faith as we walked over to the visit and I still had my headache. We never turned back and pushed forward. Romina invited us in to her house and as soon as I walked through the door, the headache disappeared. Lucy was on the couch watching a movie and as we passed her she said that she wasn't going to participate even before we could ask her to. After about 5 min or so talking with Romina about her vacation and how she was, we invited Lucy to come over and join us. Lucy came over and asked what was the matter. We kindly asked her to sit in on the lesson and she's like..."no I participate in another religion." We reassured Lucy by saying we talk with people from other religions every single day and it was normal for us. Lucy thought about our invitation for a minute and then decided to sit in on the visit to see what we teach. As we started talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ, Lucy told Romina that she thought it would be good for her to keep having us over so Romina could participate, but not her....that was a start. We taught the Restoration of the gospel powerfully with the Spirit present and by the end of our visit, Lucy said..."I'm going to read the Book of Mormon with Romina to know that this is true and we're going to go to church this Sunday to see what it's like!" I was like...wait what????? That's what happens when the Spirit testifies and the investigators let it into their hearts. I realized that the biggest blessings come from when we really don't feel like pressing forward, but we do anyways in love for our Savior. I could have easily told my companions "you know what I feel horrible so I'm just gonna call Sister Essig and tell her that we can't work today." But since I didn't, the Lord blessed us immensely. Lucy and Romina accepted a baptismal date for the 9th of March.
Here's another sweet story about members in the work and the Lords hand in ALL things:
About two weeks ago my companions and I ran into a member couple in our sector from Vivaceta that were coming to keep a watch on their daughter and her family's home while they were away on vacation. The couple told us that their daughter was a less-active member and her husband wasn't a member. Right away the couple gave us the reference and told us that they would love it if we visited their daughter and her family when they got back from their vacation. The couple gave us their names and number and actually walked us to their house so we would know exactly where it was when their daughter got back and we could make an appointment with them (those are some good members!!!). My companions and I called the daughter, Estefani and set up a visit when they got home from their vacation. We visited them this week. Estefani expressed the need to come back to church and be an active member. Estefani's husband, Cesar, told us that while they were on vacation, he told Estefani that he felt like they were going to go to the Mormon church this year as a family. Before Cesar even knew it, the Lord already had everything planned and we were at their door to his surprise. Cesar accepted a baptismal date and said he would read and pray wih Estefani every day to know that this is the true church. The Lord really does know each and every one of us.
Thoughts/Highlights of the week:
Thanks for sending me your informative letters every week. Love hearing about how everything is going back home. Thanks for helping me out with my scholarship too. I feel your support and love.
Still waiting for my license sticker....hope it comes soon.
I'm glad my service has helped in furthering your conversion to the Lord :)
Class schedule looks great...thanks for all your help.
Transfers are the 24th of February....only 2 weeks left!
Got my "Trunk Papers" from Hermana Stanger (Mission Secretary) today. Have to fill out a paper for my travel home...I can't believe that time has come to be honest with you. I will be traveling home on the 19th of May!
I hope you enjoyed the stories. They really helped my testimony grow. Have a great week!!!