Hey! This week was a great one! It went by a million times faster than the week before! We had some new great people we met and a few goodbyes to say as well.
One of our investigators Karla, who is just this super sweet person is moving to Canada to fulfill some of her life long dreams and leaving the rest of us behind. But we had a great last visit with her. She said she packed up her Book of Mormon so that is the most important! We took a few pictures so I will try to send you all one of them!
We also had the New Beginnings program yesterday at church. It was so cute. Hermana Wendy, the teenage girl who got baptized a month ago participated. She memorized a scripture for it and represented Good Works. It was awesome. We got her all ready the days before, helping her practice the songs, getting her clothes ready.. haha I felt like a mom but it was so awesome the experience to see how she is ready. God really prepared her well. She is working on her personal progress, has made some good friends with the other girls in her class and even though it is all a little nerve wrecking for her so just continues to move forward. It is beautiful to watch.
During the sacrament meeting I was sitting with Sammy and Maria and Hermana Godoy sat on the other side of the room with our investigators Sergio and Jessica. About half way through the meeting a flash of a camera goes off.. hahaha Hermana Godoy started to take pictures during the meeting!! Then a video! This is just some of the things that happen when your comp has a year as a member. But she didn't know any better. It was just funny.
We have been visiting a lot with Sammy this week. She is progress well. Let's hope that she can be baptized before this baby comes. She too has been doing really well. She is one of those few people that know basically nothing about the Savior. It is crazy. But she has accepted everything so well. It is one thing I love about the mission, seeing people come unto Christ. She said her first prayer in her life! IN HER LIFE! for the first time this week. It was something powerful to say the least even though it was something so simple.
Oh we also had a sweet experience with Marina this week. Have I written you all about Marina? hahahaha It is a LONG story with this lady... to start off my companion and I called her Mariana the first 3 weeks of knowing her haha. oops... well now she is Marina. Marina has been baptized like 4 or 5 times in her life. She has a lot of doubts but at the same times does everything we invite her to.. go to church, read, pray, go to activities.. all of it! This week she told us she isn't happy the Bishop doesn't give a sermon like her normal Preachers that are in her church's. So we brought the bishop with us to a lesson. One of my favorite favorite favorite lessons of all time. Like top 5 hahahah okay maybe I am being dramatic. But we all left the lesson crying. Bishop taught so beautifully I wanted to take my planner out and start taking notes haha. But he ended with his conversion story. About how he was a true Catholic when his mom told them they were going to get baptized in the Mormon church at age 13. He said the day he was baptized he was so sad. He felt like he had betrayed the catholic church. He said one day he went for a walk because he felt just horrible for everything.. He ended up praying and felt the Spirit tell him that he had made the right choice.
I obviously can't explain like he did. especially in an email. It was just something to remember. It is so true though.. the people we teach can do EVERYTHING we say but if they don't look a little furth.. and ask God what they should be doing. They won't receive the answers or guidance that they really need.
Oh another thing. On Saturday we ate with a family. The dad of the family is an RM that served in riverside California, Hermano Estrada. He brought done some of the things from his mission. Pictures, memories, study journals. I opened his first study journal and the very first thing that was written down was "Sister Gillette" uhhh..... hahaha I was SO confused! I kept reading and it turned out that David and Doris Gillette and been the guest speakers in the MTC the first day he arrived. It was pretty cool and interesting. Just a random fact from the week.
We are doing this awesome thing in our Zone. We just call it 40. We all got to talking last week about the significance of number in the scriptures. 40 days of fasting, 40 days of flood, 40 years in the desert, just a bunch of stuff.. haha we actually thought of a ton. Anyways so we decide to take 40 days to fast more, renew our goals, sacrifice more.. We are 7 days in and it has been awesome. I think this may be why our week was so great. But who knows.
Well, I love you all! I pray for you all! I hope that you all are doing great and enjoy these last few months without me home. haha Sorry this email is long I just felt like really filling you in on my week and I didn't write you all about it! hahaha this is so typical of the mission.