January 13, 2014
I have 2 assignments for y’all.
2) If you didn’t watch the CES Fireside last night by Elder Tad R. Callister….WATCH IT. Or read it. You should have seen us missionaries in that room watching the broadcast. “ooooh that was strong!” “Oh yeah he went there!” “Ouch!”
Needless to say, it was an inspirational week. Good way to start off 2014 ya know?
This week was suuuuuuuper great. Remember how I talked about how I’m just a missionary now and it’s not even work? That was manifested a lot in this week. Like we were in this neighborhood [on bike week] and basically stranded because all of our backups fell through and tracting is banned. Our nearest investigator was an hour bike ride away. We sat in the middle of the street for a minute trying to figure out what to do. When around the corner comes Enrique’s daughter Kimberly. “I was gonna text you guys….my abuelo is in the hospital and my mom’s going to go see him. If you want to go talk to her she’s at home. I just had to come get my book from my friend.” Well what are the chances? We head on over to Kimberly’s house and got to talk to her a little about her view on church. Then her mom Eva comes out and says, “I’m going to the hospital to see Dad….do you two want to come?” We looked at each other a little hesitantly….is this okay?…well…. “Sure, if that’s alright with you all we’d love to come visit him.” We accompanied Eva and her brother Arturo to the hospital where we met Enrique and his wife. She previously had not been very nice to us, but that day we went leaps and bounds in our relationship. We sat there, all 5 of us, in the hospital room just talking about what we do as missionaries and answering their questions about the nature of God and showing as much love as we could. It wasn’t hard. Enrique’s family is amazing. And then they took us to Taco Bell. And I tried the Fire Sauce…and guess what. It’s not even hot. I’m officially Mexican…….right? And then they dropped us off and Enrique’s wife gave us this huge hug and said, “bye hermanas!”
Just in time for us to bike to our next set appointment. Wow. We knew that we were supposed to be on that street at that time. Heavenly Father sometimes has different plans for us as missionaries. Sometimes that plan isn’t to knock doors all day, but to build relationships. To show people the love that we have for them…and that their Heavenly Father has for them. He does His work in His time. That’s what I’ve learned most from being a missionary. And when you learn that, the stress goes away and you can just be obedient and happy and it’s great.
Rosie and Gledin got baptized this week! Less than a month after we met them. I could go on and on about that miracle. They literally just were right there in front of us. Prepared and willing to accept the gospel. It was so cool!!! And now they have friends and family that can learn about the gospel. And Gledin is a natural missionary so yeah. We’re stoked.
And now the best news of all…
WE’RE GOING TO BE ON FULL CAR!!!!
HALLELUJAH! [it’s been 5 months for me on car share.]
We are so excited because we know this area is going to absolutely explode now that we actually will have time and resources to get everywhere! So, it really could not have come at a better time.
Anyways. I love this work.
The church is true. And if you have any doubts….seriously just watch the CES fireside last night. I’m about to go Martin Luther on Bahia B and just start sticking that talk on people’s doors. haha….but really.
I know it with everything in me. And I’m so grateful for it.
Love you all!