March 21, 2016-March 28, 2016
I can see why Heavenly Father put me and Hermana Maldonado together. She’s amazing! Drives me crazy sometimes, but it’s all good. Forces me to deal with all of my personality flaws (remember the whole “What are you thinking/feeling?” “uhhh…..Idunnno” Yea…she’s forcing that out of me. Guess I didn’t realize I still had a problem with it.) I also talked to Kayla a little bit about it, but President Curtis counseled me that I need to work on loving myself and having more confidence in myself. so she’s helping me with that too…
Declo is really good! The members are amazing! And they’re all super excited to have sisters. We didn’t have a car this week (it is in Twin being fixed. we probably won’t have it this week either) But the members helped a ton. A couple people drove us around to all of our appointments and to make visits and we got to know them really well. And they helped support the members and bore powerful testimonies. It was really awesome. We found 3 new investigators this week, all in Spanish! And we have been working with TONS of English Less Active members, some of which are starting to become active. Brother Rasmussen, on of our LA members that we’re working with, went to church last week! It was super exciting! The work is really picking up and we’re starting to get to know more people, members and investigators alike. We had an appointment with one less active yesterday. We talked about Jesus Christ and the Atonement, and it seemed like she was tearing up. You could tell she was very touched by the Spirit. I love that. Those are my favorite moments. That’s when I know I’m being successful. I could have absolutely no more baptisms for the rest of my mission, but as long as I have moments like that, I know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to.
I saw Trudy! She came with one of the members that gave us a ride and surprised me by being there. It was really cool to see her and catch up with her.
We watched women’s conference in Spanish! We had an investigator, Rufina, who came. She is the sweetest little old lady. She’s in her 80s (she doesn’t know exactly how old she is.) She’s lonely: has a bunch of kids but none of them come visit her. Her prayers are so powerful. I just love her so much! and she went to church this week too! it was awesome!
Our mission has a focus of measuring the number of times we testify of Christ during the day. Basically to get us thinking about it. And it’s powerful. Because then we tie every single doctrine we teach into the Atonement and Jesus Christ. This week was Easter, as I’m sure you all know. It was an absolutely amazing week to be a missionary. It’s definitely tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday. 🙂 I love that Christians in the entire world were celebrating our Savior Jesus Christ. I love being His representative. I have the opportunity to tell people about him every day!!
Today we were able to share the Easter video (Followhim.mormon.org
if you haven’t seen it) with the man serving us at the Drivethru at McDonalds. THAT was cool. We testified of how through Jesus Christ we can find new life. He seemed really interested and was asking questions about the video. I love moments like that when the Lord puts people in our path that we can touch. I’ll probably never talk to him again, but I was hopefully able to plant that seed so that one day he can accept the gospel and that true happiness that comes only through it.
I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that He died so that we can live again. I know that He lives and that He still runs his church through His chosen prophets. I am so excited tobe able to hear General Conference. I invite you to watch or listen to at least one session of General Conference (you can watch it on lds.org
or on certain channels) I invite you to have a specific question in mind as you watch. And I can promise you that you will receive that answer.
I love you all so much! I can’t believe the changes I have seen in this past year. If one thing has changed, it’s my testimony. Before, I believed that the gospel was true. Now I know.
Con muchisimo amor,