lots of miracles and growth this week! we did intercambios with our girls of pinos 1! i went and stayed with hermana spencer, we had interviews with pres, and we had INVESTIGADORES IN CHURCH!!!
fabiola y pablo, ryan, and maria valentina came to church!! We were SOOOOOO excited!!!! we have been praying and fasting for this for 3 months and we saw the fruits yesterday!! after having 2 months without seeing the fruits... everything came this week! i learned a lot about what hope really is. first. fabiola and pablo! they have been "progressing" for quite sometime now. they are a young couple with their cute little 4 year old daughter samalee. we origianly were teaching their sister, but found them through E4. wednesday we were teaching the gospel of jesus christ. (they have accepted baptism, but still have been iffy about a date) and we brought it up. we have been praying and praying for them and really feel like they are ready! just need to come to church. THEY told us that they are ready for baptism, and are ready to come to church!! they LOVED it! we showed them the baptismal font and everything. the spirit was super strong. this is what the mission is! ryan is the hijo de hno. rafael who is pres. high preists but has become menos activo after the change in the obispad. his wife hasnt been to church regularly for 10 years. they both came with little ryan. it was such a blessing because of ryan, they are starting to remember and feel the spirit again. maria valentina has all the problems you could imagine.. she is so strong. she is a faithful pentacotesta (dont know how to spell that) she wants to be baptized but is not married.. her pareja has another family.. its really a sad story.. we are working with her but feeling the love of christ is helping heal her and all her spiritual wounds..
our first divisions! they were super fun. we did them after our reunion martes.. hermana spencer has almost 6 months in the mission. she is from centerville and knows some of my buds from there! morob, emily robb. it made me feel young again in the mission! jaja. she is such a great sister.. her father passed away 9 months ago and has been facing some difficult challenges. made me realize that as missionaries we are not here just to comfort our inv. or members of ma, but here to help all feel the love of our savior. i am learning so much from my little hermanas. more than i could teach them.
I love interviews with pres. garcia!! this one was a little different.. jaja. we were last to go because we were talking with the AP's about our zone, and area so i only got like 10 minutes to talk with Pres. and he started asking me about my plans for the future. it scared me.
we had a meeting with our lider misional and the high preist over missionary work yesterday that was super spiritual. we talked about "spiritual pride" and the light of christ. he told us that sometimes we are living the life of the telestial kindgom - we study our scripts, pray, pay tithing, etc. and these things are good but they arent SUFFICIENT. they will lead us right to the reino telestial. then there is the terrestre. where we do all these things but include our family, we do our family home evening, we go to the temple, even do work for our own ancestors, but this will lead us right to the terrestre. then thee is the celestial. where we do all of the above and are VALIENT in the testimonio de jesucristo where we dont just defend his name but DECLARE his name. we serve ALL the children of god. not just ourselves, or our families, but we make SACRIFIES for others. we do the OBRA misional. i loved that... "ay que hacerlo. no es malo, pero no es suficiente." i am trying to become that. a missionary celestial. through faith, charity and love... becoming like our Savior. being perfect even as our father in heaven is perfect. that is our GOAL. being our own agents.
i love you all so much. i am so grateful for the support and love that i have recieved.
love our baby hobbs. mucho amor