Sunday, April 26, 2015
Hey everybody!Thank you so much for the letters you write! You are all super awesome. It sounds like there are a bunch of exciting things going on back home. I loved the pics of all of the nephews. Karli and Nate have some super cute kids! What is the deal with Conner? San Francisco, Texas, and New York. Quite the traveler huh? That is so cool and I am excited for all of the adventures that everybody is on right now.
So we kept going forward with our plans, and when we took President to the airport on Thursday we told him about her and her baptism. Well, he wanted to come with his wife and family so we were really excited and nervous haha. As the week moved on I could once again feel that she was getting a little closed off and I was a little nervous. And sure enough we got a text Friday night that she no longer wanted to be baptized. So we woke up early on Saturday morning to see what was going on. We had to have one of President's children across San Jose taking the ACT at 9 so we were up pretty early. When we passed by her house she was very down and wanted nothing to do with us. It broke my heart. We testified as much as we could before we had to leave and told her that she needed to pray, and that we would be back at 3 to see if she felt different (the baptism was scheduled for 6). So we did all of the tasks of the day including picking President up from the airport that afternoon. He asked us about our baptism and he could see that we were a little down. After telling him and Sister Wilkinson what happened, Sister Wilkinson said that they would do a family prayer that our baptism could go through when they got home. So, we dropped them off at the house and went quickly to Noelia´s house. When we arrived she was beaming. It was the strangest thing. We asked her how she felt, and she said that she was getting baptized that day. She had changed 180 degrees, all through prayer. She prayed, President's family prayed, and we prayed a lot. We were so excited and got everything ready to go as fast as possible. That night she was baptized and the next day confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After her baptism she told us how happy she felt, and everyone at the service could feel her happiness as well.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Hey everybody!I hope that everything is going well! Sounds like the boys are getting ready for another fishing trip soon. That's awesome and I hope you have a good catch. I can't believe that Bentley is already in pre-school! He's growing up really fast. Sounds like you are enjoying some great weather. Any day now we are expecting the start of the rain. I've still got my first umbrella in the mission and I'm ready to break it back out.. duct tape and all!
This morning we picked up President and his wife from the airport after they were in a mission presidents seminar with the Area Presidency. We were able to discuss the conference and to have a good laugh. They are so great!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
President decided that he wants to leave the mission with a "pharmacy" of good talks, quotes, and teaching techniques before he leaves in July. So, has been sending me all sorts of thing in English and asks me to translate them to Spanish for him to give out to the mission in Zone Conferences. This week I did a lot of translating for him. It is super hard to translate the immaculate words of these people, but it is helping me a lot as a missionary to study these papers and translate them to Spanish. It is quite the event!
This week was really good! Conference was amazing! The talks were so on point and I loved them! We were able to have Noelia join us at conference and she really enjoyed it. After the conference, she explained to us that one of the speakers really stuck out to her and had very powerful words. After a while we found out that she was talking about the prophet, Thomas S. Monson. We pulled out a picture and sure enough it was him that made her feel a special feeling. We testified that she felt that way because she heard the prophet of the Lord speak. It was such an amazing experience for her and for us. I know that God calls inspired leaders in the latter days to guide us back to our heavenly home. During conference I could feel the power of the inspired speakers and the messages they delivered, and I am so grateful that Noelia was able to feel the same way.
Later in the week,, all of our appointments fell though and we decided that we would start looking for some new investigators to teach. We were going down the streets talking to everybody that we could trying to get somebody to let us in. We were getting rejected quite a bit, but we finally got to the end of the street and a family let us in. It was a spiritual lesson and we are very exited to work with them. It wasn't until the day almost ended but I am glad that the Lord helped us to reach our goals and to be able to find a great new family to teach. Faith is such an amazing principle and something that I have found to be so important while on my mission. As missionaries we try to develop a "perfect faith." I love the idea of "´perfect faith." When we put our goal with our Heavenly Father and ask Him for help in allowing us to achieve it, we have no reason to doubt that we will be able to achieve our goal. As President Wilkinson says, doubt is the enemy of faith. I know that the Lord is always watching out for us, and will always help us to achieve anything if we put in our part.
I love you! Keep the faith!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "¡Vaya con fe y conquiste!"
Friday, April 3, 2015
Hey everybody!I hope all is going well on the home front. I really love reading all of your letters, all of you are so awesome! They are awesome!
Also, Elder Carter sent me the photos this week of the baptisms of Braulin and Alonso. Two young men we were working with in La Rita when I left! It made me super happy that they made the choice to be baptized. Glad that La Rita is still going strong!
I hope that everyone has a great week and a great General Conference!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "El día en que la obediencia llega a ser una búsqueda y no una molestia, es el día que tendrá poder."