So time is basically just passing by like seconds is horrible, but I am really excited to see my family in about a week and a half!! I was able to have a huge surprise this sunday!! My companion and I were waiting outside before church started to greet the members and this car pulls up right in front of us and I was like who is this guy? and then this girl comes running out of the car towards me and its SISTER JOHNSON!!! AHH!!!!! She was my second companion and I love that girl to death!!! I screamed and we ran into each others arms like in the movies;)!:DD ahahahhaha my companion was super confused for a second!! But it was so amazing to see her again!! She came back to visit and I was so happy to see her! WE had been having a rough week with finding people and her visit was exactly what I needed!! Anyways another short email im so sorry!! Love you guys!!!
P.S. I finally got my English tag !! I was so excited!! maybe ill send a picture next week,
P.S.S. My companion is a dance performance major and she has been teaching me ballet!! She says im a natural!! hahaha ill send you pictures next week I promise! If im not too lazy!
This week we were able to help Harold get baptized!!:) It was amazing! satan was definitely trying to stop him but Harold was so converted that he didn't let anything get in the way! His mom had a minor heart attack the night before his baptism but he still came and he said that after he got baptized he felt a lot better!:) and that everything was okay now!:) He is so amazing that he has his eyes set on the temple!! He asked at his baptism if a year from this date exactly was when he could go through the temple! The temple was his main goal and baptism was just a stepping stone for him! This week we have really tried to stay diligent and keep on working hard looking for those elect people in our area. We feel that as we create a strong vision that Heavenly Father truly will bless us with those miracle elect people and we stay faithful and obedient! This week I was reading in Mosiah 24 and it was talking about the people of Alma and how they were persecuted and they still stayed faithful! Its amazing what the Lord helps us accomplish and we truly give our whole heart might mind and strength.
This week was so crazy!!!! We had some amazing miracles happen! So in the middle of the week we were kind of low on people to teach so we stayed diligent and tried to knock doors in really inspired places we knock on this one door and it has a screen and all we see in this really really tall guy and we were like, Hi we are representatives of Jesus Christ we are here to say a prayer. and he was like sure! come in! So we got to start teaching this family and they are so cute!! We love them!! We also got to meet this muslim lady that is doing a phd project on Mormons and it was so cool to answer all her questions and to clarify any weird rumors that she might have heard. She came to our services to see what it was like for her project and she came up to us and told us that she had heard how persecuted the pioneers had been and it had touched her heart because it was only because of what they believed in! She was so kind and sweet! we love her so much!
We were able to get 10 people to church this week! Which was a miracle!! God blessed us so much!!! He is helping this work progress!!!
I had to give a talk this Sunday with my companion and we were both so nervous! since we had no time to prepare because when we get home all we care about is food and sleep haha:) but they turned out good in the end but it was a little stressful trying to take care of 10 investigators and speaking at church, it was a little nerve wracking!! but in the end everything turned out perfect!! which is what happens when you put it all in the Lords hands!:)
This work is inspired, it is amazing to see the changes that are happening to the people all around me, investigators, missionaries, ward members, all because Heavenly Father was so kind enough to allow us to be apart of this great work. What a blessing it has been to be able to see the change of heart that has happened in others. It makes me think about the scripture in alma 5: 26"And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?" I feel so now, I have felt to sing the song of redeeming love and how grateful I am for such a loving Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, our savior.
This week was so good! Sister King and I have been loving to get to know this area and the members and we are so excited for the miracles that keep on happening all the time, I don't know if I had told you guys about allen before but he is a 77 yr. old man that is so excited to get baptized!!:)) He is so awesome! He had been taught by sisters before but he hadn't felt ready back then so he finally decided that he was ready to get baptized now:) He is so excited to be "Mormon" and he constantly keeps on telling us! I love you guys this week is going to be short but im going to make up for it with photos:)
Sister King and I.
Sister King and I with the Madriz Family.
With the Madriz Family.
Me with sister moffett and her new trainee my granddaughter in missionary lingo!:)
This week was one of the most amazing weeks in my mission.
First off, I got transferred back to Miami/ Hialeah area!!! Palm Springs North!! Its an English ward and I absolutely love it!! Also my new companion is sister king and I love this girl so much!! We both got transferred into the area together so we are so brand new! It was so crazy!!! We literally didn't know anything! We didn't even know where our house was!! So we had to get the address to our house but it wasn't working in my GPS so we had to go to the mission office to ask them to print out directions for us to our house, so we finally get the directions and we driving and I notice that we are starting to pass one of my old areas and I'm like I didn't think our area was this far south and then our directions send us to a business address!! and we were so lost and we were like, "What are we going to doo!?? We are so lost in Hialeah!" So we call our Zone leaders and they give us the address to the church that is close to our house so we go to the church and have to figure out where our house is from there -_- so stressfull!! Heavenly Father was helping us so much with that!!! Anyways so we finally get to our area and both of us are brand new and we are like well okay! lets go! So we are just running around trying to figure out our area for about two days! I felt like I was running around with my head cut off for about two days but then that's is right when Heavenly Father came in with all the miracles!!!
We got a referral from some other sisters for this guy and we went to go see them and he turned out to be sooo elect! but he was YSA age so we had to pass him but we knew that God was preparing awesome miracles for us.
We got a Media Refferal from someone that referred themselves and we went to go see them and it is someone that had been taught a while ago and was going to get baptized but then decided not too and decided that he wanted to start preparing for baptism!!! He is 77 yr. old and is the cutest old man ever! We love him so much and even came to stake conference this Sunday!:D
So we then had stake conference this Sunday and I was really excited because I knew that my old wards where going to be there and that my recent convert the madriz family might be there! So I was so excited to go I enter the chapel and the first thing I see is the madriz family all sitting together on one of the front pews! I practically run to them!!! We were so excited to see each other and my heart was so full that I felt like crying from pure happiness!! Then later on in the meeting they called their names (the father and the son) to have them stand up to have people sustain them because they are getting the melchezidek priesthood!!! I was so happy my heart was just overflowing!! and then!! A seventy came to our stake conference and was giving a talk and all of a sudden he asks MY recent convert to come up and bare his testimiony!!! That testimony was seriously the highlight of my mission! It made everything worth it! Everything! To see that someones life was changed so dramitcally and how much he understand how the gospel had truly changed his life! and then he hugged a seventy!! My RECENT CONVERT IS FRIENDS WITH A SEVENTY NOW! ah!!!! And then the seventy said that he had asked the family when they are getting sealed and they said that in September is their goal to get sealed as a family!! And then afterwards I got to see all the members I knew from doral! I love them so much!! they all have my heart!! and one of the less actives that I worked really hard with in doral came to stake conference and is finally getting the melchezidek priesthood too! I knew that my Heavenly Father sent me to this area so that I would be able to go to this stake conference and see all of this and see all of the people I knew in doral! It was amazing! I am so grateful for the blessings my Heavenly Father has given me by allowing me to see all of these things! I felt the spirit so strong and I know that I was sent here for this family and all these other people! and I know that I will have an eternal relationship with them! And I plan on coming back for their sealing:) I am so excited!!
The ward that I am in right now is amazing I love them! :)
I am getting transferred!!!! AHH!! thats means i am going to be somewhere different for my last six weeks! I am freaking out!! But anyways! this week was good!:) We definitaly saw a lot of miracles!! We have been going over to the members a lot lately and working with them and trying to help them invite their family and friends and its been working!!! We had one member referral that is amazing!! She has such a desire to change her life and we love her so much!! I have been so grateful for the opportunity i had to be in this area and in this ward! I love it so much and am a little sad to leave but also i am excited for this new step! So the emails seem to be getting shorter and shorter! Love you!