I hope you all have had a wonderful week. This week was literally CRAZY for us. But really great as well. =D We have seen so many miracles!! It has just been insane! So the first crazy thing was that I translated a young womens leadership meeting from english to spanish. IT WAS TERRIFYING. But really fun as well. Hah! one of the ladies that is in the Stake Young Womens presidency call and asked for help translating. haha! I am almost positive that they were looking for Sister Ninataype- But she super got transfered! AND we were on exchanges that day as well- So I got the chance to translate the ENTIRE hour and a half meeting from english to spanish. It was crazy. It went pretty well- Some things I translated were completely ridiculous. haha- but thats what happens when you ask a little white girl to translate. it was a really cool- and I used the actual machine that you talk into- so the people can wear headphones and listen. The gift of tongues is real!!
The second amazing thing!- Juan!! He came to church! and to the YSA noche de hogar! AND basketball with the YSA elders quorum. It was amazing. =D He is just a gem. We felt inspired to teach him 'revelation through the book of mormon'- which is odd- because we usually save that one for later. But that just shows you that we are supposed to teach people- not lessons. So we taught that, and one of President Maluena's Daughters came with us. (after I gave her a voice lesson! that has been really fun as well! she is getting super good!) And it was just an awesome lesson. Then sister Kreis had a brilliant idea. So we all wrote down a specific question that we had in the front of our copies of the book of mormon- then we read a chapter- waiting for the answer to come. We decided on Enos. The entire time I was just praying for Juan to understand, and to have his question answered so that he could have a testimony of the book of mormon. So we read and discussed- AND SURE ENOUGH!! He had his question answered! AH the spirit was there so strong! It was great.
Then- he came to church on Sunday! and wore a tie and everything. Sister Kreis and I were so happy I think we were going to die. During gospel principals the teacher had us split up to do a little scripture study- And Juan shared a great experience with us! So- he sad that after the lesson that we had with him- his friends and him went to hang out at a cemetary (creepy, I don't know why they would want to do that...but whateves) And After they went to a party. Juan said all the kids were drinking, and one of his friends threw him a beer. Juan tossed it back to him and said, 'I'm fine with a Soda." his friends were like 'really? seriously?'. And he said "yup, I am fine with a soda." -THEN he said "I have a testimony of the scriptures, Since earlier in the day we read the scriptures together- I knew that drinking wasn't right." WOW!!!! COOL HUH!!!! AHH he is such a blessing! and he is SOOO prepared!! So he is progressing super well. =D
THEN!!! The miracles just kept falling on us. After church we got a text from the missionaries that live south of our area- and they sent us a boss referral. A family of 5 THAT WENT TO CHURCH!!. They told the other missionaries that they wanted to be members- and asked them how to do it. So that was wonderful. =D So we rearranged our evening plans and went over. They all sat down with us. It is a family from Honduras, they have been in the states for about 9 months. The mom was baptized in Honduras like 20 years ago, and now they want to become more united as a family and join the church! So we went and the spirit was SOOOO strong in there. We read some great scriptures on baptism- Then invited them to be baptized. They are preparing for the 16th of February! WAHOOO!! We are so excited! We might pass out. Before we left, we invited the Dad to say the closing prayer. So we all knelt down, and He offered a prayer- The first out-loud prayer in his entire life. Man the spirit just SWOOPED IN and filled the room. It was such a beautiful experience! The Lord has definitely blessed us! I love being a missionary! The Lord really does change the hearts of his prepared children. I feel so blessed to be on the Lords team- working for the salvation of souls.
Before I finish up- I just want to send my Love to the Taylor side of the family. You are all in my prayers. How blessed we are to have knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. That when we lose loved ones- its only for a short time. A scripture that has brought me comfort many times is Alma 40: 11-12. "Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. 12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow." Through troubling times we can truly find peace in the Gospel. Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, made it possible for us to see our loved ones again. He offers us peace that we cannot find anywhere else. He can make us whole if we take his hand. Christ himselfs says, inJohn 14, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." I love you. you are in my prayers.
Just keep swimming!
Love you all.
|The second picture is of Oscar and Mina!! They moved!! So we are standing in their emply house. The little boys are Edgar and River. We will miss them!|
|Here is me and edgar! haha so cute. =D love this little boy!|