This week was one of my favorites, hopefully my email update can do it justice!
Monday was another Elder in my house’s birthday, and mine was on tuesday, so we bought a cherry pie at the store to celebrate our birthdays together and on Monday night we tried to light 20 candles on fire on top of it. The only problem was, we didn’t have any candles, we only had matches. It was a pretty big failure, but it was funny as well. 🙂
Tuesday was my birthday! 20 years old. We went to my favorite chinese restaurant to celebrate. That night, we had a really cool experience with a less active member named Laura. We had some lessons fall through, so we decided to visit her, and we went over there and started talking. At first everything seemed ok, but we started asking her some questions, and she started opening up. We asked her what was most important to her in this life, and she just broke down and started crying. She said, between tears, that the most important thing to her are her children. She has 3 of them. Her youngest daughter has some serious problems with her health, as do her other children. She is supposed to be taking her youngest daughter to the hospital three times per week, but she can’t afford the bus fare, and it is a 2 hour walk there and back. Her husband works all the time but is rather unsupportive, never home and keeps most of the money. She feels like she is failing as a mother, because she walks out in the streets with her kids and they ask for things and the mother has to tell them that they cannot afford them.
It was a really, really, really tender moment. The spirit was so strong. You could feel this woman’s complete sadness, and hopeless and despair. But miraculously, at the same time I could feel, pretty strongly, God’s complete love for her. I was able to testify that he was satisfied with her efforts as a mother, and testify that one day, everything that is unfair about this life will be corrected through the atonement of Jesus Christ. She looked me straight in the eyes, and nodded. She even smiled a little bit.
Nothing can help these people like the gospel can.
We left that lesson, pretty humbled and completely filled with God’s love and the desire to help EVERYONE. Missions. Love that stuff. 🙂
The next day, I did a division with Elder Coelho! He is the other zone leader. We had a great day! We were both so pumped up and excited. We set some pretty high goals and went out and worked our guts out. It was a lot of fun. We both are really happy, excited missionaries, and it was awesome to work with him. We also studied and collaborated about our focus for this transfer as a zone, and prepared for our Zone Training.
Thursday was awesome. Me and Elder Huffaker left in the morning to teach a new family me and Elder Coelho had found while street contacting named Manuel and Laura. It was such a good restoration lesson! They were interested and understood the message and accepted baptism. Then at the end, we taught Manuel how to pray and asked him if he would say the closing prayer. He accepted and said a beautiful prayer. Then, his wife Laura was like, “I want to try, can I say a prayer too?” So we nodded and she said ANOTHER great prayer. 🙂 It was so funny. I have never seen that happen on my mission. Golden family,on sunday we went there in the morning to pick them both up for church with their baby, and they were all ready to go and she had invited her neighbor to come to! So we walked to church with the four of them. AWESOME. 🙂
That night, I did baptismal interviews for Elder Reinstein and Elder Herd (Elder Herd is the District Leader). You won’t believe who the interviews were for! 🙂 Remember Crislerio and Johanna? They were one of my favorite families, Elder Douglas and I started teaching them about a year ago, and they were progressing well and stuff but he needed to get a divorce, she had a big afro, I wrote a lot about them and sent a picture. Anyways. Then me and Elder Lourenco taught them, but things were not going well and they were fighting and stuff, and basically they ended up seperating. He moved to T-3, she stayed here with her kids. Well, he got baptized in T3, and I interviewed her and her daughter! They got baptized yesterday. The best part is, they are working on his old divorce process and will get married and then move in together again! Wow. Miracle for sure. It was weird interviewing someone I had taught. 🙂
Friday was our Zone Training and it went SO good. 🙂 Our focus was D+C 4:2, and we focused on how we can better serve with each of those individual parts of us- our heart, might, mind, and strength. We had lots of games and activities and examples and videos, and then zone loved it. At the end, we talked about there was someone who had already done this, and given all that he had in his service, and showed the video “thanks to him”, about Jesus Christ. Me and Elder Coelho bore our testimonies, and the spirit was SO STRONG. A sister gave the prayer, and seriously at the end half of the Zone was crying. SUCH a good meeting. 🙂 I loved it.
Anyways. That was pretty much my week. I got my travel plans. Not too much of a surprise, since I was the one who had sent in the request while I was in the office. 🙂 Hahahaha perks I guess. It is crazy though. 11 more weeks is nothing.
Love you all!
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