Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Week 76 and trip to the temple!

Hi everyone!!!! :)
I am so happy!!!!!!!! We just got back from the temple and it was so GREAT!!!!! I loved it! It was so great to be able to go as a group of missionaries! I love the sense of peace and comfort in the temple. I am so looking forward to being able to go more often when I'm home! 
The Seattle temple is pretty big and it so beautiful. I walked by the sealing room and I got super happy and thought, "That's were Juan and Rosa are going to get sealed!!!" Which brings me to the big and happy news!!!! J and R officially announced that they will be getting sealed on March 19th!!! :) :) :) I'm so happy for them! It's going to be such a special day for them and their family!  
After our session the kind sister that drove us to the temple, Sister D, treated us to lunch. :) Then after that we got to go browse around in the Deseret Bookstore. :) 
The temple was definitely the highlight of my week! It took all day but was so worth it! 
I also went on exchange with Hermana Singer and it was so good! We saw so many blessings and tender mercies from God when we were together! And things like that happen all of the time! We just need to open our eyes to recognize them! 
For example we both felt like we needed to go try to visit this one person but they didn't answer the door. So we thought, "Well there must be a reason why God wants us to be here..." So we knocked all of the doors on that floor! And guess what?! No one answered. We were walking away from the last door we knocked when all of a sudden a woman answered it and said "Oh, it's the Mormons!" 
She let us in and it turns out that she is a member of the church but hasn't been in a year. She is a caretaker and since she works on Sundays she goes to her patient's church. We were able to share a message on the Sabbath day and the importance of the Sacrament. She is such a sweetheart and she said missionaries could go back and visit her! 
The same thing happened later on our exchange several times! God knew exactly where he wanted us to be and at what time. We didn't have set plans but as we prayed to be led by the Spirit and then acted on the revelation we received, even though it was just a simple thought, we saw miracles!
We went to check up on a potential and ended up talking to a guy named K and he has been searching for truth for a long time and hasn't found real truth yet. Talk about being prepared to learn about the restored gospel! :) He's understandably a little turned off by religion right now but I know that God is preparing him to accept the gospel and be baptized by the proper authority. 
We went to an appointment we had set that flaked but while we were still knocking on the door their neighbor was leaving and we started talking to her! It turns out that she just moved here and she's learned from missionaries in the past. She said her kids love the missionaries! Her son is also going through a surgery today and so when we offered her any kind of service she said that she could use help while he was recuperating. Again, God's timing is perfect! :) 
And last but not least we were able to visit Hermano H!!! He is doing great and we'll be seeing him again one last time before I leave.
Here's a couple of scriptures that I would like to share! 
Ephesians 6:13 
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
D&C 25:13
"Wherefore, lift up thy heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made."
Both of these scriptures help me understand what must be done in order to endure joyfully to the end. I know that when we keep God's commandments and the promises that we have made with Him we will receive help, guidance, and  we will be able to experience pure joy. We make covenants with God when we are baptized and we need to always remember and honor that. We also need to honor and keep other covenants that we make with God. Our covenants are what help us get back to Him! 
Les quiero muchisimo! 

Hermana Soliz
Hermanas Singer, Lewis, Mickelson, and Soliz

At the Seattle Temple

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