This week was great!! Like always so many miracles happened and we got to see the hand of the Lord work in our lives.
We got to have exchanges with Hermana Coleman and Hermana Linford this week (on Thursday) and, of course like always, we saw so many miracles. Hermana Linford and I had an amazing lesson with Linda. We got to talk about the importance of the baptismal covenants we make and how the Sacrament plays an integral part in renewing them each week. She cried and the Spirit was really strong. Although she didn't make it to church, we know that the Spirit touched her and that her desire is stronger than before to get baptized. We reset her with a date for December 14th and trying to do everything we can to get her be prepared for that date.
During exchanges, Hermana Linford and I were also able to teach the mother of a former investigator here in Moorpark. We ended up looking for him at night, but she was the only one home and let us in. We taught her the Restoration and invited her to be baptized and she said yes! We haven't been able to set her with a date yet, but our next lesson is with her on Tuesday. I was able to work a lot with Hermana Linford on inviting people to be baptized during the first lesson or even on the doorstep. I've been reading and studying a lot about the importance of baptism and helping people realize this importance. This week, I'm honestly going to try to invite as many people as I can to be baptized. I want to be a better missionary and the best way I can do that is to invite people to come closer to Christ through baptism.
On Tuesday, we got to go to choir again with the branch. Best branch ever....I have no other words... :)
President Parra told all four of us hermanas that we've now entered the "twilight zone" and that this is the craziest, yet most loving and faithful branch we'll ever get the chance to work in. I completely agree!
On Saturday, Hermana Faletau and I were trying to find the non-member parents of a less active member in the branch. We had tried to knock there before and get a hold of them, but they were never home. This time they answered! We were thrilled to find out that Sister Rivera wants to come to church more, but her husband doesn't want to. We got Sister Parra (branch president's wife) to pick her up and take her to church every week. I love it when miracles happen.
Yesterday, because Sister Appel still isn't feeling good (she's been having really bad headaches for about 4 weeks now...her companion (who's new) has had to stay and study almost everyday all day), I got to go on exchanges with Sister Heslop (her companion) for a few hours. It was really interesting to get to see some of the less active members of the ward again with her and let her get some more application and practice in. When the sisters told us that the zone leaders said we could do that, I was really glad I could help out. I know Sister Heslop really appreciated it.
Pablo is the best. I really have no other words to describe him. He got to bless the Sacrament for the first time ever yesterday and it was absolutely adorable. He was really nervous throughout the week when he was practicing the prayer with us, but when he did it yesterday, it was perfect. He couldn't stop smiling afterwards either. His faith is growing stronger and stronger everyday. He only has 6 months left until he gets to go to the temple. He can't wait to be sealed to his wife for eternity.
Everyday gets better and better being out here in the field. I feel like I'm constantly learned so much and becoming a better missionary. Thank you so much for all the prayers and love that you've all given me! It really helps out! Esta iglesia y Jesucristo son lo mas importantes en mi vida y yo se que el evangelio es la unica manera que una persona puede regresar para vivir con Dios para siempre. Si uds no tiene una copia del Libro de Mormon, por favor, pida por una de un miembro o de los misioneros. Es el libro lo mas correcto en todo el mundo. Les amo todos Uds.
Sister Linford and I on Exchanges