Hola!! De la Isla!!
How are y"all doing this week? yes, I say Y'ALL now. Haha I am officially a Texan. Can you believe that is July!! MAN OH MAN. The time flies when you are having fun. =D This week has been great. (all the weeks are great on the mission) Where to start.
Well. First of all we found an amazing guy names Joey Youngblood. He is probably late 50's early 60's. He is a Texan through and through- smokes at least a pack a day and is a Harley Rider. And we met him because of his Harley. I saw the Motorcycle in the garage and walked up and started having a conversation with him! He is super super amazing. He is Baptist- currently- He has a beautiful testimony about Christ. We had a lesson with him on Thursday night (our new mission leader was present/ Yay!) and he shared his testimony of the savior. It brought the spirit and lead right into us telling about Joseph smith and how he restored the exact truth that Christ taught when he was on the earth. The spirit was there! and we gave him a book of Mormon. It was amazing. He has some questions, but he was excited to read the Book of Mormon. Which is a great sign. He is really searching for the truth- the FULL truth. And lucky him! We have that! We have another appointment with him tonight. Haha it was so funny- He offered to take me on a Harley ride around the Island. So I told him- After the mission. (thank you daddy for being involved in so many activities-it makes it easy to start conversations with all types) It is amazing- God really is aware of ALL his children. And we were in the right place at the right time. God truly does lead us to those prepared people. Now- Pray that he will accept a baptismal date!
Another cool person we met- His name is Jaron, he is in his late 30's. He is a 2 time war veteran. He was injured in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a race car driver, has a boat, a house right on the water, he fishes and hunts and is a Chef. He is super cool. And is REALLY searching for the truth. He told us that he is just not content in his life. He is literally searching for the Gospel- he just doesn't know that that is what he is missing yet. Once again- It is amazing how we are let to people. And Jaron has SOOOO many questions. We have a couple appointments with him this week. He has been reading in the book of Mormon. So now we just need him to come to church. JUST COME TO CHURCH!! man, sometimes it is hard to get people there! But he will come around.
The work her is moving along! AND we got a new mission leader- the other one moved away. So we are SUPER excited! and they called his wife to be a ward missionary. They are an amazing family. They are both return missionaries and ready and willing to help with the work. We are very excited about that. It is crazy- a ward mission leader really is SO important. They are kinda like the mediator between the ward and the missionaries. Everyone is getting fired up about the work! Every member a missionary!
We have new mission president! His name is President Maluenda! I haven't met him yet- but I know that he is called of God. There is just excitement all over the mission. Change always brings about new excitement. I will forever be grateful for President and Sister Trayner- They were wonderful. They live in Sandy Utah- So you could probably look them up on FB mom.
This week my studies have really been focused on faith. Faith is the basis of everything we do! It is amazing. Here is your commitment for the week- Read Alma 32. It is all about faith. God really is a God of miracles. And he works miracles ACCORDING to the faith of his servants. It is like that ALL through the book of Mormon. like nephi- when he went back a third time to get the plates 'not knowing before hand' the things that he needed to do. or when Alma and Amulek escaped their persecutors in prison. After they prayed in faith the prison walls tumbled to the ground, killing everyone- except Alma and Amulek. Ammon and the other sons of Mosiah who converted THOUSANDS of the Lamanites to the gospel. The 2060 stripling warriors- who went to battle against skilled soldiers and only received battle wounds. Not one of them was lost. And this was because of their great faith in God. I know that when we exercise our faith- by getting out the door, working hard and trusting in Our God, we can see miracles. The perfect recipe to receive miracles is Alma 7:23. Look it up ;)
I love you all! Thank you for your support and your prayers. God loves us. He sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. Through Joseph Smith- he restored the fullness of the gospel and gave us the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ- we come closer to Christ by reading it that any other book. It is TRUE. I know it will all my heart. Thomas S Monson is our prophet today- I love him and sustain him. When we follow in his guidance we are truly kept safe from the crazy things of this world! How blessed we are to have a direct link with our Heavenly Father! We are SOOO blessed.
Have a wonderful week!
Onward and Upward
quote of the week- Our altitude is determined by our attitude. ;) happy thoughts Y'ALL.
oh- I saw Diane Albrectsen's sister at church on sunday! haha I was washing my hands in the bathroom and started talking to her. I told her I was from northern Utah. She asked if it was Pleasant view. I said yes and then said - 'do you know Diane? you look just like her!' and what do ya know- they are sisters. SMALL WORLD. =D
peace and blessings!