This week has been so great! There has been so many miracles!
Garrett is still doing so great! He's been keeping all of his commitments and is loving learning about the gospel. This week we were able to set up all of the appointments we're going to have with him up until his baptism. The members are so willing to help us out and offer their homes. We found out this week that even though he had an issue with drinking tea in the past, he hasn't drunk any for about 10 weeks. We were thrilled when we heard about this. Him and one of his other friends in the ward are trying to work on one of their other friends to take the lessons from the missionaries. He's one of the best member missionaries I know and he's not even a member yet.
The Garcia Family is starting to show a little more interest again. The mom isn't really interested in herself, but she wants to help her kids get a stronger foundation in Christ to help them in their lives. We taught them how to pray in Spanish this week and they loved it. We have another lesson with them this week and we're trying to get them into a members home. So far it's not working out because they won't respond, but we're going to stop by this week to schedule that before the actual lesson.
We had a chance to visit the Rodriguez Family this week again. They're doing great, but they brought up Jasmine's past again. It freaked us out a little, but it's really neat to see that they're trying to come unto to Christ to have him help them. Jasmine apologized for not coming to church last Sunday because she was sick, but we found out this week that she actually was already baptized a few years ago. She doesn't really remember a whole lot, but she told us that she remembered a little when she came to church a few weeks ago. The youth are great at reaching out to her and she loves the warmth that they provide.
Vanessa is a new investigator that we found this week. She was in our potentials and when we stopped by, her and her sister, Janessa, were really open to listening. They gave us luke warm responses at first, but when we got to the first vision, they started paying a lot more attention. They, especially Vanessa, paid even more attention when we talked about how God would answer their prayers. She almost couldn't believe it, but she wanted to. Her face lit up and it was really neat to see how her faith was growing. I don't think their home life is the most ideal, so the fact that they have a loving Heavenly Father who will answer them meant a lot. They're going out of town this week, so we don't get to go back for two weeks, but we're going to try to set up some member fellowship to come with us.
Robert was a miracle lesson that we had. He's so prepared. We started talking to him and we found out that he's been through a lot of things in his life, but he found God through overcoming them. He wants the same for his daughters and so he told us we could come back. He said he'd read the introduction of the Book of Mormon and pray about it.
Alfredo is also another miracle investigator. Last week, Hermana Wallace, Hermana Player, and I found his dad when we were trying to contact a former investigator. When we went back for our lesson yesterday, we met him and his mom as well. It turns out that they are so prepared to hear the gospel - they lost a son not too long ago, they have family that lives in Salt Lake, they've visited Temple Square, they're Catholic, but don't practice it too rigorously, and they want to have more peace in their lives. When we were teaching the Restoration, the spirit was so strong. I haven't felt it that strong in a lesson like that for a while. It was especially to see that during the First Vision part, they all were so focused. They're going to Mexico for about two week, so we're not going to get to see them for a while, but we're looking forward to seeing them again.
The Jones Family is a less active family that we just barely met last week. Apparently, in the past they haven't been the most open to having people from the church come over, so when we stopped by, they weren't the most welcoming. After a few minutes, they opened up and let us in after we asked them some questions about their dog. We were there for a good hour, which was a miracle in and of itself, but we didn't mention anything about coming back to church. Then, out of no where, yesterday, they came! The whole family came! They even stayed all three hours! We're going to stop by again this week and talk to them a little bit more about how they liked it and if they had any questions.
Sadly, this week, Hermana Player had to get emergency transferred to Simi Valley. I'm pretty convinced that I can't go a single transfer without something different happening to me or my companion. It's all good though. She's loving it and life's good.
Thanks for all the love and support!