|Guitar Center with our recent convert Bryan Huartia last Monday. What a champ! We had a blast.|
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. This week has been exhausting and crazy and exciting and amazing! We saw so many miracles I don't even know where to start. The mission is incredible because you learn so much about life and about how to treat people and help them reach their full potential, but this work really is ALL about LOVE and learning how to love people for who they are. So amazing to see you all on Skype, Mom--hope you had the best mother's day ever...you deserve it.
This week was all about love and loving people enough to be BOLD. Something that is such a common mistake is that we love too much and aren't bold enough to help them become better. We have seen the miracles that have come from being BOLD. We have seen a lot of miracles coming from being bold.
MIRACLE OF THE WEEK!!! Dana and Nancy's parents FINALLY came to church!! We were jumping up and down because we were so excited. We have been praying that their hearts would be softened, and they finally came! Also Dana and her friend, Eduardo, who we are also teaching, sang a solo in church this week for mothers day! It got her mom to come to church, which was a miracle!!!! They are going to be baptized soon!! We got over there to teach with the ward member Dana And Nancy the new member lessons, but this past time the mom was like "When can you guys come over and talk to me!?" We were so stoked!
MIRACLE OF THE WEEK #2: Fernando. I think I told you his story last week. He is INCREDIBLE. Literally so prepared to find the missionaries. He is in the midst of the crisis and is positive that we were sent from God to find him at this point in his life. He called us, so he could come to church. Well this week we had the MOST INCREDIBLE lesson with him. Probably the best lesson I have ever had on the mission thus far. As we taught the restoration he was bawling and saying that he felt something he never has before. And right before we were teaching the apostasy and the Book of Mormon, he asked, "Why are there so many churches?" and "Why has the bible been changed so many times?" Which, where all perfect segways into the restoration. It was amazing. At the end of the lesson, we invited him to be baptized on May 31. He said, "OF COURSE!! WHAT DO I WEAR?" He then sang a song about coming out of the darkness and into the light of truth. He said that he felt like that was the experience that Joseph Smith had and that he is experiencing first had right now through meeting with us!! WOW! We were all crying and so happy because the Lord literally had prepared him to find the truth. He came yesterday to church and he brought a friend! MIRACLE! We are going to start teaching his friend too! Fernando says that there is something amazing about coming to church. He fills edified and inspired---like it is a renewal so he can receive strength to take down his problems. YES! We can all do that if we go to church with a specific purpose in mind. We are teaching him the home of a member, and it is making a huge difference! Can't wait to see him be baptized soon!
We had 6 people at church this week! FIRE! It was incredible! Miracle.
Funny miracle. We were eating dinner at this fried chicken place, and it was not-so-good. It was gross food, but my companion and I were eating it anyway because we didn't want to offend the ward member and the investigator that took us to eat. But then I started to feel a little sick after eating a bunch and prayed that everything would be okay. Just then, a homeless man walked into the restaurant. He approached me and said, "Hey, I am starving, could you please give me your food?" I told him he could. He took the rest of my food. But the amazing thing was is that he just threw it away on his way out. Weird, right? But a total answer to a prayer. It was so funny and so random, but it was just another testimony to me that God is in the DETAILS of our lives. :) We call it the "chicken miracle." Thank you random homeless man from saving us from getting sick. I don't think I stopped laughing for the rest of the day.
Exchanges are a blast and I am learning so much from the hermanas that we have the opportunity to train. I love them all so much. It is so fulfilling because we see them setting goals, and then going full force to attack them. We have been focusing on teaching them how to access the atonement and how to be made strong and be carried through the Savior Jesus Christ. HUGE miracles have happened in their lives from learning more about the Savior through His infinite atonement.
This week we started teaching a LOT of new FAMILIES. Which was also a miracle. When we didn't know what to do or say, we just prayed. And God led us to a lot of new people to teach who are Golden. There is nothing like being out in the hot sun preaching the truth. I love it so much, and it is so amazing to see all these people changing their lives and coming to Christ. Timing is everything, and God's timing is perfect. Again and again we are put in the path of the people who need us the most right when they need us. He will do the same for you as you pray for experiences to help someone in need. you are always in my heart and prayers.
Tyler!!! HAPPY 20th birthday to one of the world's GREATEST people and BROTHER!! I love you so much and am so grateful you were born. I hope you have the best birthday ever.
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