This week has been crazy awesome! It was filled with so many miracles!
On Thursday, we finally caught up with Joaquina, one of our spanish investigators. We haven't seen her in two weeks because she was never home when we stopped by. Finally, we caught her and were able to teach her the plan of salvation. She had just lost a son and her mother passed away too. She loved the idea that she could live with them again. We invited her to be baptized and she said she would pray about it and let us know next week! We think that she sincerely wants a better life and to be able to see them again. That same day, Hermana Smith and I were trying to find a potential investigator who lived down the street from one of the less actives in the ward. We looked over and we saw Amanda (LA) sitting on her front lawn looking a little worried. We decided to go over and see what was going on. In turns out that she was locked out of her house and both of the people with her spare keys were a few hours away. We were able to teach her according to some of her concerns that she had and why she left the church. The Lord has such a sense of humor. We'd been trying to get in touch with her for a few weeks. It was just what she needed and just what we needed to keep our day full of miracles.
On Friday, we decided to go visit Shan-Shan, another investigator with a baptismal date. She had been in China for a month and all we knew was that her and her husband were going to get back in town at the end of August. When we stopped by her house for the first time, they were there! We found out that they had just pulled in the driveway two hours earlier! The Lord obviously wanted us to get working with them again really fast. They're the sweetest people ever and they gave us some Chinese treats/snacks! They were really good! Later that same day, we went to visit another less active/recent convert, Nancy. It's been really hard trying to get a hold of her because she's working two jobs, but when we were finally able to sit down and have a good conversation with her we found out that she really does want to come to church more often than she has been and bring her non-member husband and son. During our mini lesson with her, her neighbor knocked on the door. Her neighbor only speaks spanish and apparently Nancy didn't know that we could speak spanish too. (Spanish is her native language, but she prefers to speak in english.) She invited her neighbor in and we finished the lesson in spanish! At the end of the lesson, Nancy told her friend not only how we pray, but made her say the closing prayer! It was really neat! Maria, the neighbor, said she wanted to read the Book of Mormon and wanted a copy of "Lord, I Believe" in spanish too! Our visit with a recent convert turned into a lesson with an RC then to a spanish lesson with a potential then to lesson with a member present and then into a new investigator! We've been trying so hard to find new investigators to teach and Heavenly Father is starting to answer our prayers and bless us.
The Moorpark 2nd Ward sisters had two baptisms on Saturday! Matt and Eddy. They technically live in our ward boundaries, but they've been going to the 2nd ward services so it counted as their baptisms. It doesn't really matter though because we're all on the same team and bringing people unto Christ is what counts!! I'm so excited for them!
We were on familysearch.org earlier this week and I found a line that goes back all the way to 238 AD! Granted, I don't know how accurate it was, but still it's pretty cool! Hermana Smith found a line that went all the way back to Joseph of Arimathaea! Crazy!
Sorry this email is a little shorter, I was having internet problems earlier! Thanks for all the love and support!
The mansion across the street from a member's home.
The coolest looking Dr. Seuss lawn in the history of the world