"...behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..."-Alma 37:6

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Two Angels, Ten Investigators, and One New Address

So this past week has been amazing!! Probably the best half of a week of my mission so far. So first thing, I got transferred into a new area. It was hard to leave all of the people that we were teaching but it was good. I didn't go very far though. I'm serving in the bordering area of my last area in the Salt Lake Zone. I'm serving in a branch (Forest Dale Branch). So on transfer day i thought that i was going to Layton for sure. So at transfers I went and stood in front of the Layton zone sign but i didn't find my name. Well remember how i lived with Sister Harris my first transfer in the field? We weren't companions but we lived together because we lived outside of the area. Well we became super good friends and have wanted to serve together ever since but i was almost positive that that was never going to happen because we were too good of friends. Well guess what, i'm serving with sister Harris!! We were both so stoked and we know that it's going to be a great transfer. We are really excited that we are serving together because we are friends but we also know that Heavenly Father has big things in store for this area and expects a lot out of us in serving together to better the area. But i was soo excited! Anyway so a little bit about the branch that we are serving in. It's really small BUT member support is amazing!! Everyone in that ward truly understands their role and responsibility in contributing to the work. They are such amazing fellowshippers too! We have seen so many miracles this week but I'll just share two: The Mendez Family- This family is really special. They moved here from Vegas because someone had promised them a house and a job and a ton of good stuff here in salt lake but they were tricked into coming here and didn't get any of that. The dad is Luis , the mom is Lizeth and they have 4 kids (jaffet, jose luis, jean pierre, and a little girl but i cant remember her name). Luis has such strong faith in Jesus Christ. He is an amazing example. He isn't working right now but is looking for a job where he doesn't have to work on Sundays so it's taking a little more effort to find on. Lizeth is working at rancho market and works everyday but tuesday and works during church so she hasn't been able to make it to a sacrament meeting. (oh we also have sacrament meeting last). Well this past week, we had a lesson with jaffet (16) in the young men presidents house, jorge (he's like 22 so he's really close to the youth). It was such a good lesson and he asked really good questions so we invited him to be baptized on dec 16 and he said yeah. Then we invited his dad and younger brother to be baptized the same day and they both said yes because they want the entire family to be baptized on the same day. Lizeth cant yet because of her job but well keep working with her too. So we saw them at church yesterday and jaffet even came in a shirt and tie. After church we were going to go over to visit them to confirm that we can go to temple square with them on tuesday. well we thought that lizeth was going to be at work so we were just going to drop by really quickly since we couldn't go in. Well right as we get there Lizeth drives in, she had a break from work. So we go in and chat with Luis and Lizeth. Then Luis told us how he had been offended by someone at church. SO we went on and on and we thought that we were losing them for sure BUT after he got everything out that he needed to he said "Dont worry, I made a promise with God that i was going to come closer to him on dec 16 and i am going to keep that promise. I go to church to come closer to God so I'm going to keep doing that and my family too". Then he started to cry, he was bawling and then he looked at us and said," I don't see you two as women..I see you as the two angels that God has sent into my life. When i talk to you, I talk to God". It was a really special and humbling experience. I love this family and I'm so excited for the progress that they are making and that even though they are going through a rough time that they know to put our Heavenly Father first. Monica-So Monica is a single mom. Her kids are all members but she has not taken that step yet. She has been investigating for a really long time. It's really hard to get ahold of her too. SO last night Jorge and Kenia (the YM and YW presdient who are married, so cute) they went over to monica's house to hang out with her kids and wait for monica to get home. We went over after our lesson so around 8. We had an amazing lesson with her and then invited her to pray with us about baptism. She said she was afraid to so we read 2 nephi 32: 8. THen her extended family rang the doorbell. We were so bummed but then they came in and went downstairs. So we kept going. After she read that scripture she said "wow, find me another one". So we shared Dyc 121 with her verses 1-3 and then 7-9. She started crying so hard she could barely talk. THen she said she knew that she needed to be baptized. So she prayed. We invited her for the 23 and she said " no, can it be sooner?" so right now we are working for this weekend! it was such a cool experience. Another amazing thing that happened this week is that we got 10 investigators to church!! That was amazing! Thats pretty much my week, I hope that you are all doing well. I love you!

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