un buen dia!
A random birthday shoutout to my homegirl. It was also my companion's
birthday yesterday and you know what that means.. We wanted "tirar la
casa por la ventana"! Pero hola familia y amigos! Sorry I am just now emailing... we were playing some indoor soccer. The game of my people. Another incredibly fast week... Can I just keep this companion for the rest of my mission? Best transfer ever! We have seen so many miracles and are recognizing the Lord's hand in the work daily over here in V-town. Aka Valencia. Transfers are in 2 weeks and I am thinking I will stay here for one more transfer then I'm peacin' out... Or who knows maybe the Lord wants me to stay a little longer. I have become really close to the members and people we are teaching, so that is going to be a bummer. As missionaries we get to have relationships with so many different people and that is one of my favorite parts. Meeting the most random and crazy people on the streets to the most humble seekers of truth. It's a privilege meeting them all.
Marianna is doing so well! We can only meet once a week with her, but we showed up to our second lesson and she had read half of the Gospel Principle book and had taken notes on the Plan of Salvation. She LOVES
it. During church on Sunday she was answering questions and was walking around like she knew what she was doing. She has also become friends with one of our members to the point where they want to go to the mall together. So I guess you could say she is progressing pretty dang great.
I am not sure if I talked about Francisco in my last email, but he is our investigator of a part member family we are teaching as well. We have taught him 6 out of the 7 days this week. He is visiting from Colombia, so unfortunately he won't be getting baptized in the states, but when he returns home he will be for sure so his grandma can be there with him. The family he is staying with here is one of my favorite families. They have accepted me as one of their own the only difference would have to be the gringa aspect and the language barrier. I do my best though. But on the reals Francisco is da bomb and has even written me a list of the "coolest" Hispanic music for when I return home, but that is a long ways away. Until then I will stick with my Mo-Tab and Hilary Weeks.
They reassigned the area a little bit and we have picked up 5 other investigators! More to come on them next week!
Yo quiero compartir algunas escripturas con ustedes:
"2 Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.
3 Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive." D y C 67
These two scriptures have been such a comfort for me while on my mission. I distinctly remember the first door contact I ever did. I was scared out of my mind and the reality sunk in right when the door slammed that this is what it was going to be like for the next 18 months of my life. Sometimes I still get scared when I am about to approach someone to start a conversation, but I know that just by opening my mouth the fears go away and the blessings come. Not always right away, but they do. I encourage you all to share the gospel in some way via Facebook, text message, old fashion tracting, etc. Funny story about the old fashion tracting: an RM just got home and went knocking doors with his little sister telling people that there was an apostle coming to Orlando and guess what? A lady accepted to the invitation to come and is an investigator now! Haha so awesome!! I know the Lord will bless you!
Ps. When it rains in Florida it REALLY rains and then an hour later the sun is bright and shining. I can't even imagine what summer is going to be like... Heavenly Father knows me too well only giving me one summer here in the Sunshine State.