So I want to start out by first telling you about a miracle that Hermana Lewis and I had. We needed to go find some new people to teach and we had no idea where to go. We thought through some options and then we prayed for guidance from the Spirit to know where to go. We didn't feel like we received a strong prompting to go to a specific spot but we still ended up agreeing to go to some apartments we had never been to before. When we got there we started knocking doors and some people did not want to listen but even though they didn't want to hear our message they were still nice and not mean about it. We even talked to a guy that was super nice to us even though we woke him up with our knocking and he agreed to have missionaries go over and teach him. We also were talking to this teenage girl and she pointed out some of the apartments where Hispanics lived. At the first door we tried some kids opened the door and we were able to talk to their mom who let us in to teach her kids. The mom's name is C and she has three kids. A is ten, A is about to turn nine, and S is three. The lesson went really well and the kids paid very good attention. It turns out they had had a visit from missionaries a few years back once. They still had the picture of Jesus Christ that those missionaries had left with them. They go to a Christian church in Kent so the kids were sharing some Bible stories that they knew. A had really good questions and I almost couldn't believe that they were coming from a ten year old! For example, one of his questions was if he needed to wait to take the sacrament until after he was baptized and another question he had was how often should we take the sacrament. He had read somewhere that a certain religion only takes the sacrament once a year.
C listened as well and she said the closing prayer. In her prayer she asked to know if Joseph Smith was a Prophet and to know if this was the true church! :) It was so great! But it gets even better!
So then we went back a couple of days later for our return appointment and unfortunately Claudia was working but the kids were home and so was the grandma so we were able to teach them. The grandma didn't want to listen but the kids were happy that we were there. As soon as we got inside and sat down A went to go get his pamphlet and his Book of Mormon.
We had left the kids with their own pamphlets about the restoration of the gospel and they had both read! A was almost completely finished with it!
Sadly, a lot of our adult investigators don't even do that and these kids did! And again they were so well behaved during the lesson!
We went over the Restoration again and we played Restoration Jenga that way they could put a visual to it. After playing the game and explaining how everything related to the Restoration, A said that he then understood that there is only one church with the priesthood power. It was so amazing! He also said the closing prayer and gave thanks for us being there and he also said that he was thankful for the invitation to go to our church and that he personally thought it was a good idea to try it out. :) Seriously these kids are so great! Hopefully we get to teach them with their mom again soon so we can figure out how to get them to church!
Also there is this couple that we stop by to see every once in awhile and we visited them this past week to invite them to the upcoming activities that we'll be having in the church. We talked a little bit about the importance of baptism and the husband said that he would like me and Hermana Lewis to baptize him and his wife. We then explained to him again the importance of the priesthood power and how only the men have this power to baptize. He understood in the end but it was still funny!
Another blessing is that we were able to have a lesson with Hermano R.L!!! I was so happy! :) He called us and wanted to feed us dinner so we met him at a Mexican restaurant and talked about how he's been doing and the Book of Mormon. I've been so worried about him because he hasn't been coming to church but he said that he knows he needs to come back and he came this Sunday! He told us that he's just been working a lot and that he's too tired to go sometimes. He's also trying to find an apartment so he has a lot going on but I'm so happy he's coming back to church! :) He also talked about how he loves people so much and that it's sad when people leave. He said it's okay when that happens sometimes but that in the church it happens all the time! He always gets sad when missionaries get moved to another area or finish their missions and go back home so that's what he was referring to. He wasn't happy to hear that I'll be going home in February.
The mission devotional was on Sunday but we couldn't go because we didn't have any investigators going. I was sad because I knew Sister Walker would be there but she gave me the cutest elephant necklace and 3 elephant sculptures that are now on my desk. It was a late birthday present! :) Sister Loeak also gave me some elephant earrings for my birthday because she knows I like them too. It was so sweet!
Our investigators R and L also came to church this Sunday! I love them so much! They are supposed to be coming to a family home evening with us tonight so hopefully everything works out and they can still do it! R knows a lot about religion and he always makes comments in class! It's so cool to see!
In sacrament meeting we were able hear from two people in the Stake so I had to translate from English to Spanish. I translated the first talk and it wasn't perfect but I think it went pretty well! Luckily, they gave me copies of their talks so it was easier to follow along. After the first talk Hemano R offered to help me so he translated the second talk which was such a blessing because there was words I didn't know how to say and it was a way longer talk! I'm so glad he offered to help!
Here are some scriptures I read this past week!
This is counsel to Joseph Smith but we can all apply it to our own lives.
D&C 3:5-10 "Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments; and remember also the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them.
And behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men.
For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words—
Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.
But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast done which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work;"
I also love 3 Nephi 9:13-14 "O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?
Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me."
We as children of God are entitled to blessings from our loving Heavenly Father and He is a always ready and willing to bless us! We just need to do our part. I love these scriptures because they remind me that there is hope and that even thought we may fall sometimes we can be made clean through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Even though we make mistakes every day because we are human God still loves us and wants us to return to Him! He still chooses us! It doesn't matter how bad we think our situation is we can turn to God and Jesus Christ and be made whole.
This quote stood out to me this past week and it is so true! "Justification is the lubrication to damnation."- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Also here is a link to a 3 minute video I love!
Love you all!
Hermana Soliz :)