Tuesday, July 24, 2012
First General Authority Encounter!!!!
So this week: TRANSFERS! we find out if we are getting transferred on Wednesday so well see what happens. Ill let you know what happens next Monday. I'm also trying to get some pictures printed tomorrow on p-day (they changed it to tomorrow because of pioneer day) so ill send those out soon too. So this past week: Monday-nothing too exciting Tuesday- we went and did a service project for an inactive family. They live in very humble conditions and are not used to living in an orderly manner. Sister Picuasi and the elders in my district and I went over on Tuesday morning and spent about 2 hours cleaning the outside of their house (washing their toys, sweeping, disinfecting, etc..) and it looked great. It felt really good to be able to serve someone in need. we are also getting the relief society and primary presidents involved so they can help her find the desire to come back to church again. Wednesday- we had an amazing lesson with one of our investigators (KEVIN). He is 20 and from Guatemala. He is living with one of the less-active families in the ward. He was covered in tattoos and piercings. we met him while we were knocking doors at one of the apartment complexes. we started talking to him and found out that he has a really strong belief in God and his faith is amazing. So today we invited him to the chapel so that we could have a lesson there. He came completely transformed. He was wearing a shirt and pants and combed his hair and he looked like he had changed a ton spiritually. Anyway we had a lesson there with him in the chapel and then gave him like 2 minutes after the lesson to pray to know if the things that we had taught him were true. He did and he said that he knew everything was true and then he committed to come to church and he wanted to bring his girlfriend too!! So cool! Thursday-We went out with one of the girls in our ward that is thinking about serving a mission. We went and contacted a referral that we had and met an amazing family! we set a return appointment for Saturday. Friday- we had our last district meeting before transfers! we had a testimony meeting at the end. I love my district! Then we had the most amazing dinner from one of the English ward families. Then we finished the night by visiting some families and teaching people on the street. Saturday-Today we felt like we needed to go back and visit someone we had visited 2 weeks ago (EVA LOPEZ). she was not interested at all when we visited her the last time so we didn't really know why we felt like we needed to go there but we did. She invited us in her house which didn't happen the time before and we taught her an amazing lesson. we invited her to church and she said that she did want to go with us. Milagro del Dia for sure. Sunday- soooo Sundays are always the busiest day of the week. You are rushing to get people to church (since we start at 9) and waking them up and calling like crazy. also you have a lot of meetings to go to. but this Sunday was especially hectic because my companion and i had to give a talk at church. super nervous! my first talk in Spanish. anyway we got to church a little late because we were helping a family get ready for church and i had barely planned anything for my talk. so when we walk in the elders are asking us why we were late and they were a little more stressed than usual and we didn't know why. so we went and sat with our investigators and then did our thing. and then they announced that i needed to go and give my talk so i did and then my companion did too so i waited for her on the stand and then when she was done we went and sat back down with our investigators. Then i realized there was a white guy sitting on the stand...its pretty easy to spot them out in the Spanish wards. so i was like oh ok someone from the stake. but then after the meeting was over he got up and spoke and as soon as he opened his mouth i was like ohhh...not someone from the stake haha. well...it was Dallin H Oaks!!!!!! Definitely didn't expect that I'd be giving my first talk of the mission in front of an apostle of God!!!! made my day! So he said that basically that when he doesn't have a stake conference to be at that he prays to know where to go. he said that he felt that he needed to go to a chapel on 33rd South (our chapel) so he hoped there was one there. He also said that he did not know that it was going to be a Spanish ward but that he was happy to be there. So after sacrament meeting we talked to him and he came up to me and said "you're the one from the Philippines, i love the Philippines!" So we chatted about that for a little bit. Then after church we took a picture with him!! Ill send pics soon. So yup that was our week. Hope you are doing well and that everything is going ok at home. I love you all! Hermana Adorable