week 3? (8-12-13)

I’m losing track of time!  We wake up, exercise, study, eat, then work work work! And then I get home and I’m just exhausted, but we still have to plan for the next day.  It’s definitely important though that we use that time at night to really plan and get a good start for the next day.  Missionary work is so much more than going out and teaching – we really have to plan and prepare ourselves so that we can do everything effectively.  We all had a huge wake up call this week as one of the Elders in our District went home by choice.  He wasn’t working hard but was focusing instead on what he was missing at home.  We really have to be out here for the right reasons. 

 I actually read himno 153  oid el toque del clarin (it’s only in Spanish!) a lot.  We sang it in the MTC, and I really love it!  It always reminds me of how when we accept the call to work, we really have to put our heart and soul into it.  Missionary work is so worth it! but we have to put in that effort to get the reward.  

Which reminds me: we had a really awesome lesson with one of our investigators.  He always tells us how he just wants to learn and has no desire to work or go to any church at all.  But when we taught him the Plan of Salvation he said something really powerful – “vale la pena” (it’s worth it).  We are slowly seeing the light come to him.  I really hope that he starts to act on what he is learning.  He didn’t come to church yesterday, but I see a lot of potential in him! 
We are actually really struggling with getting people to church.  One investigator  hasn’t come in 3 weeks for various reasons.  We are trying to get her to night church, but last night her husband almost cut his finger off!  We figured that was a pretty good excuse…we are going to work hard this week to get her there next week though! (and work hard to get everyone there…because literally no one is coming!).  Generally everyone works on Sundays, and they don’t feel like they can just drop their jobs to come.  I’m really impressed though how even though these people are so busy with work, families, etc, they still somehow manage to find time to let us come teach them.  It’s a true blessing that they share their extra time with us when they can.  
Our investigator S was a perfect example of that this week.  He had a lot of family in town this weekend, but when we came, he took the time to come and have a lesson.  He was pretty distracted the entire time, but we taught a really good lesson of the Plan of Salvation to him.  You could tell he was thinking about his family the entire time, so when we mentioned eternal families, it was powerful.  
The greatest part about being on a mission is the opportunity we have to constantly receive promptings from the Holy Spirit. If we work for that we can have that happen every day of our lives, but here we are pretty much forced to work for it.  We study the scriptures, we pray constantly, and we get to teach the Gospel.  I absolutely love the blessings that come from that.  My testimony of the scriptures has grown SO much since I have come here.  The Word of God.  Nothing can beat that! We’re trying to help the investigators see that power, but it often feels like we are just begging them to read.  We have recently seen a lot of improvements though in seeing people start to read!
We went to the temple this past week! (all of us new missionaries and our trainers).  It was such an awesome experience.  I love that I’m neighbors with the temple, but it was such a blessing to get to go after not going for a while and feeling that peace there.  I’ll attach a photo from that!  The photo of the large group of us is actually me, my trainer, her trainer (Sister Franco – who leaves this month), and then two other newer sisters (hermana romero in the middleish, and I don’t remember the other sister’s name!).  I actually talked to Hermana Romero (the one on the opposite end) before even going to the MTC, so it was cool to see her there! She came here a week or so after I got here.  One cool thing about being at the temple too was that there was a wedding going on, and we got to see the couple come out as we were leaving.  The family was so excited!  
We also went to a baptism on Friday, out of area.  What was cool about it, was that there were SO MANY missionaries there, because they had all been involved in helping this sister in her conversion.  It was a testament to how we are all in this work together. 
I love this work so much!  Being in Las Vegas is seriously the best.  
Hermana Newey
I attached a photo from my driveway, of how close the temple is! 

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