So this week. Crazy. I wish I could say we got more proselyting done, but we had some pretty big events! And even though we didn’t have as much time to get out and work, when we were able to visit people, we truly did see miracles.
First: On Tuesday, Elder Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy came to our mission, as well as…Elder Neil L Andersen of the Quorum of the 12! We were there for pretty much the entire day, but I definitely learned so much. A lot of ideas that we’ve been having for our area recently were brought up in Elder Andersen’s address to us. It really was an answer to prayers to listen to a Prophet of the Lord speak to us about what truly is important in missionary work right now. One funny part was when he spoke about how missionaries should start staying in their wards for 6-8 months (builds more trust with members, because members are just so important and vital to this work!) instead of changing so often. There were a lot of missionaries (in my Zone even) who were expecting to get transferred soon, but now no one is so sure of what will happen! Elder Andersen quoted Alma 17:23 to us…so apparently I’m staying in MonteBello till the day I die! But it really was such a blessing to be at that meeting and feel the Spirit of what was being said.
On Friday, we had a Fiesta Patriotica in the ward. What was super awesome was that we were able to get a lot of Less Actives and also Investigators to come!! The combined effort of us 6 missionaries, as well as the ward, was able to bring in some great results. The Elders also decided to buy a packet of mustaches…so all six of us wore mustaches at the party! Everyone laughed when they saw us Sisters with our mustaches on.
On Saturday, we were blessed with the opportunity to go to the Sealing of a family that Sister Nieto taught as Recent Converts out in another Zone. Plot twist though: the water went out in the Temple (and also our house). So the Temple didn’t open until 9am. The Sealing was going to be at 9am, but when we got there they told us that they were barely starting the Endowment sessions. Since the family still needed to go through the Temple, all of us Sisters who had come decided to go through with them, in Spanish! It was such a blessed experience. We were at the Temple longer than we planned, but it was such a great reminder to me of how everyone we teach has the potential to go to the Temple and partake of the marvelous blessings there. I felt the Spirit so strongly there that day. I can’t wait to start my eternal family! The family was seriously the cutest too.
Some of the other miracles:
-we have a new investigator, N., who is seriously so willing to hear the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We met him last week outside, and he loved what we had to say. We planned to meet him this week, but it ended up that his son, who he lives with, doesn’t want us teaching in his house. Sooo we really didnt’ know what to do. So this week we decided to just knock on the door and see if we could talk to the son. Just the son, also named N., was there and he seemed really nice and just told us to talk to his dad (we’re going to see if we can work with the son at all, but for now just the dad is interested). And then Saturday again, we knocked and found the dad, again. He was excited to see us because we hadn’t seen him for a week and he is seriously so ready to learn more. We found out that he wanted to come to church last week, but because it was raining, he couldn’t walk there. But this Sunday he came! He seriously walks to church because he wants to come so bad. He doesn’t live too far away, but his humility is such an example to me. We are going to start teaching him in the chapel. Also…one of the members in the ward was friends with him when they were both kids! Like, they played in the river together, or something like that.
-we have been geting so many less actives to church recently! It is so exciting to see people who have fallen away, come back and receive the peace that comes from taking the Sacrament. They look just so happy that first Sunday that they come back.
Missionary work! It’s the best!
I know that this is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that families can be eternal, when our homes our centered on Christ. I know that the blessings of this Gospel are real and everlasting. I feel a great joy to be a missionary, guided by the Spirit, bringing this glorious message: that the truth has been restored. We need not be confused. I know that repentance is powerful. It is a step that we can never forget or skip. When we truly repent we can feel that strong peace that this Gospel brings. We can move forward with faith, and receive all of the glorious blessings that are prepared for us. This is my humble testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.