Monday, January 5, 2015

I don't want to leave....

I can't believe that we're on week 5 of this transfer! It is going  by super fast! Transfers will be on January 20th and I have a feeling that I might get transferred...but of course I don't want to leave Enumclaw. We'll just have to see what happens but I trust that I'll be sent wherever I'm needed at that time.
So first of all I'll share some funny moments.
1. Hermana Killingsworth and I were looking for potentials out in Buckley and I was feeling pretty sick and a little exhausted. We went through the potentials in the area book pretty fast and then didn't know what to do so we pulled over to pray to know where to go. I said the prayer and I said "Por favor bendice nos con salud y energia"...after that there was silence. I had fallen asleep! Oh my goodness! It was so embarrassing and Hermana Killingsworth thought it was hilarious especially because I had just asked that we would have energy.
2. I set the kitchen on fire. Ok...not the whole kitchen. Just the oven. I was pulling out a batch of cookies and I dropped the hot pad and it just so happened to catch on fire in the oven. I was freaking out on the inside but on the outside I was pretty calm. Anyways Hermana Killingsworth helped me put it out and we're all good!
3. We saw a house that had a HUGE picture of Jesus on the wall. Seriously, that thing was big. Anyways, that made Hermana Killingsworth think that they could be Catholic so she wanted to knock and see if they were Hispanic. We stopped the car to try the house but as we were getting out I said "You know white people are Catholic too." And well...there just so happened to be a white lady standing by that totally heard me. She just looked at me with a blank stare. I tried to make it less awkward by having a conversation with her but yeah...I'm going to be more careful with what I say out loud. Haha! Oh and by the way that family was not hispanic.
This past week we also met a family that just moved here and there originally from the Hawaiian Islands. They're members and they're really nice! After I learn Spanish better I think it would be cool to learn their language.
Oh and also this week we wanted to try to talk to more people so we decide to walk to the trailers where the Mejia's live. That walk is about 7 miles. It was way longer than I thought! It took us like 2 hours to get there. We did talk to quite a few people but still we will not be doing that again! On the walk Bro. Blad called and he asked me what all the noise was and I told him it was the traffic. He then asked where we were and when I told him his response was "Promise Grandpa that you will never walk to the Mejia trailers again!" Haha! Hermana Mitchell and I didn't think it was dangerous but we promised never to do it again because it was so long! Sis. Blad was also nice enough to give us a ride back after we made our visits.
This past week we weren't able to see a ton of investigators but we did see quite a few less-active members. One of the less-active families we visited was Jose and Jenny Barrera and their kids. We invited them to read the whole Book of Mormon this year and invited them to come back to church. We also asked Jose if he would be interested in teaching the Gospel Principles class and he said maybe. The Barrera's also had a friend named Sean over at their house. We talked to him about the church and invited him to go to the English ward. We gave him a pamphlet about the restoration and invited him to also read the Book of Mormon. I felt bad because we ran out of English Book of Mormons so we couldn't actually give him one at the time but Jose told him he could get it on his phone.
Then this past Sunday Jose came to sacrament meeting! It was really good to see him there even without the rest of his family. AND his friend Sean went to all three hours of church with the English ward!!! What a miracle! The English Sisters were also able to set up a lesson with him :)
This past Sunday was also our first Sunday with the 1st Ward. It was really good and as of right now the Spanish Group will still be having all of the classes and sacrament separately. The ward seems really nice and I'm excited to get to know all of the members better and to work with them. A lot of them signed up to feed us dinner so hopefully we'll be able to have more lessons with members if we get investigators there too.

All of our members and investigators are doing pretty good! One of our less-active families, Perla and Junior and their kids moved to Tri Cities :( I'll miss them but hopefully they'll visit! Sister Blad is going to have knee replacement surgery pretty soon but she's doing good too.
I read the parable of the prodigal son this past week. I hope we can all be like the father in this story and less like the oldest son. I also invite you all to think about what personal consecration means to you. I'm studying this and if you have any cool insights I would love to hear!

I love you all very much and I hope you are recognizing the miracles that God is personally giving to you!
Hermana Soliz

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