Well hello there friends. How are you all?? How have you been enjoying these first 19 days of the new year?? Can't believe this month is half over!!!
Anywho, this week was super good.
We contacted the lady from the week before, Maria de los ángeles...the door we knocked on because we thought 'Ben' lived there but found her instead. SUPER SWEET!! She is definitely the most happy investigator I have ever taught. So sweet! And she is so receptive. She accepted everything, including a baptismal date :) And at the end of the lesson she was practicing the name of the church...because it is quite large...La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Ultimos Dias.. :) So cute. We are both super excited to be teaching her and we have a lot of hope that she will progress :)
Okay...and for my favorite story...OSMARA MARTINEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember a few weeks back when I was super dramatic and said we were going to be dropping her and her grandparents...Cidila y Jesus....haha...yeah...just a little bit over my head that day.
Osmara is the best. I love her. I want to cry when I talk to her because she is sooooooooooooo amazing.
So...the last last week she attended all 3 hours...but it was pulling teeth. Originally she told us just sacrament meeting...but then when we were trying to get her to stay for the classes, she looked down at her HLJ ring and said ''...uuhhh...I need to choose the right'' so we went to all 3 classes... :)
(Thanks mom for the HLJ rings...they the best!) So yeah...all good and fine.
Well...when we went back to visit her this past Monday, we were talking casually and out of the blue, she told us she prayed and promised God that she was going to go to church every Sunday. Then in her prayer she said ''I promise to go to church every Sunday and I’m sorry I was complaining this week I’ll do better.'' And she totally did!!! Such an angel!!
AND...another glorious story of my favorite jovencita...she has been reading the Book of Mormon...and she hates reading!! So this week she told us she brought her Book of Mormon to school, and her friends were asking her about it and asked her why she was reading it. She told them it didn't matter what they thought about it, but she knows it is true and it works (she is doing better in school and she is SO much happier!!) so cute. I almost died when she told us that. True story..haha.
THEN...if you remember..or if I told you...she is afraid to accept a baptismal date because she is nervous about a lot of things...so she still hasn't accepted one...but we are getting sooo close. The elders had a baptism this week and we got her to come. And after, she was asking us a ton about baptism...and things for HER baptism ''will the water be cold or warm'' ''who is going to baptize me'' ''do I have to have my own white clothes'' and other things. So cute!!
Okay...and one more story...I’m sorry..but she is just SO GREAT!!...
She has a lot of bad friends that want her to do bad things...so we had her read 1 Nephi 8. Last night we were talking over what she read and it is exactly what she is going through. One of her friends was trying to get her to smoke and she said no. Why not? She told us she looked down at her ring, and then told her friend she needed to choose the right!! They teased her and told her it was dumb, but she knows better!! And she is happy!!!
It is soooo humbling to work with this dear young woman!! I know God has a HUGE plan for her and I am sooo grateful to be working with her. And I am sooo humbled to see how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is working in her life. I love so much how she is seeing for herself how the gospel is blessing her life. She is happier, she is doing better in school, she is treating her crazy little sister better etc. I know that this church is true. This is the gospel of JESUS CHRIST!!! Sometimes we just get so used to saying and hearing that phrase that we don't always remember what it means. This is the gospel, the plan, the way, that our Savior--the person that loves us and died for us, our example, our friend, our leader-- showed and taught to us. This is how He was happy, and this is how we can be happy. The ONLY way we can be happy. I know that this amazing and glorious gospel has been restored in it's fullness through Joseph Smith!! A prophet!! Prophets are just the coolest!! And we have one today!! I know Thomas Spencer Monson is our prophet today and I am so grateful for his guidance.
DyC 128:19 Ahora, ¿qué oímos en el evangelio que hemos recibido? ¡Una voz de alegría! Una voz de misericordia del cielo, y una voz deverdad que brota de la tierra; gozosas nuevas para los muertos; una voz de alegría para los vivos y los muertos; buenas nuevas de gran gozo. ¡Cuán hermosos son sobre los montes los pies de los que traen alegres nuevas de cosas buenas, y que dicen a Sión: He aquí, tu Dios reina! ¡Como el rocío del Carmelo descenderá sobre ellos el conocimiento de Dios!
Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!
I love you all so much and am so grateful for your prayers and thoughts!!!
Be good and CHOOSE THE RIGHT!!! Don't wait for others to do it first, you be the one to set the example!! :)
Love love love love you!!