So at the
beginning of the week we had exchanges, and I was able to stay here in
Oxnard and work with one of the sister training leaders. It was like the
best most miraculous day ever! I asked one of our new investigators if
he would be baptized and he was super excited about our message, and
said he would be if he knew it was true! He told us we could come back
in two days, and that he would read the pamphlet we gave him. Then we
went and visited another lady that we've been teaching who is super
stubborn! When we went, she told us that she had been praying to know if
there really were prophets in these days. It was a miracle! The Lord
totally softened her heart. I have never felt so happy as I did that
day. I felt like Ammon in Alma 26 when he's just going on and on about
how amazing the Lord is, and how through His strength all things are
possible! When Hermana Huey came home that night I told her about all of
the miracles we had, and she almost fell over because she was so
excited! It was the best day of my mission so far.
the next day was probably the worst day of my mission... We woke up and
found a text from the investigator that had accepted the baptismal
date, and he said, "Thank you for the lesson, but I'm perfect where I'm
at. No need for our next lesson." We tried to do everything we could to
convince him to let us come back, even mow his lawn! But he wouldn''t
let us. I have no idea what happened, but it was devastating. However, I
am so grateful for that day. I grew such a strong testimony of the love
that Jesus Christ has for each of us. I saw a little bit of how he
feels when we don't follow him. I realized that he had a lot of
disappointments too, and I can't come to know or understand Him without
experiencing a little bit of the same thing. I love my Savior, and I
know that he loves me. I also know that he loves everyone else, and that
is why I am here.
Overall, this week was great! I
can't remember hardly anything that happened...it went so fast! So this
email is probably shorter than normal...Sorry!!
hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Hermana Huey and I were
able to sing to a lot of people that day, and it reminded me of
Valagrams haha! Thanks for all you do, and for supporting me so much -
this is the best thing I've ever done!
This week was AWESOME! We are really seeing the
hand of the Lord in our work. We have an investigator with a baptismal
date, and she came to church for the second week
yesterday! She also brought a friend who lives with her! We can't
technically count her friend as our investigator because she doesn't
speak Spanish, but they are both going to be baptized, and we believe
it's going to happen this transfer! We also had a family come to church!
The mom is a less active that was baptized about four moths ago, and
the dad is investigating the church. He knows it's true, and is just
really stubborn so he hasn't been baptized yet. He promised us on
Saturday that he would come to church, but his wife said she didn't want
to come because she had to work late, and she wanted to sleep. We said
okay, and asked if we could stop by the next morning. We did, and they
were both up and in the middle of moving. (They are moving to the
apartment next door.) We were really worried that not even the dad would
come, but Hermana Huey told them that we had brought pancake mix for
breakfast, that we would help them get ready, and that we would help
them move after church. They ALL ended up coming! It was a miracle. And
it was so fun to make them pancakes! We tried making Mickey Mouse ones,
but they didn't turn out that well.... We'll have to work on it.
Hermana Huey plays the violin, so this week we went to a lot of houses and she played while I sang. It was so cool! We had a lot of success with it.
story: So we were walking down the side walk and a man started talking
to us! He was like 60 years old. He told us how beautiful we were, and
was just super funny. After talking to him for a while we asked if he
had ever met with missionaries before! He listed
off all these churches and said how he talked with everyone! Hermana
Huey asked if he had ever talked to the Mormons.
He said, "Oh no Mormons are no good. Ill talk to anyone except the
mormons! They are bad people!" Hermana Huey was all, "Are we bad?" And
he was like, "No! What religion are you guys anyways?" And her eyes got
really big and excited and she said, "Somos las mormones!" Then his eyes
got really big, he pointed at Hermana Huey, looked at me, and went
"Oh-hohohohho...but you aren't bad!" Hahahaha it was hilarious. We
laughed for like an hour.
Anyways, this week
we have really been trying to just follow the will of the Lord. We have
seen his hand in our mission more and more each day. We have had so
many tender mercies! Like when we were running late after lunch and it
was raining, and right before we were about the walk out the door the
mailman rang the door with THE CUTEST VALENTINE'S PACKAGE EVER!!!!
He said, "Oh I'm so glad you're home! I didn't want to leave this out
in the rain!" Seriously, thank you so much. That was the cutest package!
Keenan did a marvelous job decorating it! ;) But some other tender
mercies... There have been a couple times when we pulled up outside of a
house right as the person that lived there, and we hadn't been able to
find them for a few days! And we have been led to so many houses that we
know the Lord had guided us to. I don't really know how to describe it,
but I have never had such a close relationship to the Savior before. I
know Jesus is the Christ, and I am so grateful for this incredible
opportunity to be His representative, and have such a special
relationship with Him.
I love you all so much!!!!!! Have a great Valentine's Day!!!
Hello everyone!!!! California is SO GREAT! I have even less time
to email here than I did at the CCM... So this email might be a little shorter!
Leaving the CCM was so sad, but I am so excited to be here! My
first day we just traveled around Ventura and Santa Barabara with the President
and Sister Felix, and we spent the night at their house. Im convinced that they
are the funnest mission presidents ever. The next morning was TRANSFER
MEETING!!! Which means I met my trainer AND got the adorable package you all
sent me! I seriously have the best family in the world. Thank you so
My trainer is named Hermana Huey and she is so great! She plays
the violin and loves to sing, so we sing a lot of hymns to almost everyone we
teach! I am serving in Oxnard and I love it! Hna. Huey said that I am so lucky
because there are so many latinos here, its like serving in a foreign country.
I dont think Ive seen a single white person actually...its so great! I also
havent met anyone yet that wasnt Catholic. Its super prevelent here. I love the
people so much, they are SO nice. There is a lot of potential people here. We
already had a nineteen year old accept a baptismal date and we really think we
will see her baptized before we leave this area!
We live with some other awesome Hermanas that are hilarious and
make it so fun.
All in all, I love my mission. I love the people, I love my
companion, and I love the Lord. Im not loving Spanish so much right now because
I feel like Im getting worse at it every day, but I realized that I can only do
this through the strength of the Lord, and I have to rely on His timing.
Weird story for the week: We were eating at Subway (Thanks for
the gift card by the way!!!!) and this guy walks up to us and sayd, "You
guys are just so cute. I bet you wouldnt hurt a fly would you! You remind me of
my grandma. You just look so cute and nice and sweet and you know who youd look
really good with? Those little church boys that ride around on the bicycles!
You would just be perfect with them!) We werent sure if he was mocking us or
not until we saw him with his friends outside and saw that he was for real that
... expressive. Anyways! Good times in Oxnard. Its great.
will write you letters later and try to go more into detail! Thank you all so
much for the support! I am praying for you from over here in Oxnard!!
dont have time to respond to everyone because the computer is about to kick me
off, but I will write you all letters or write you back next week!! I love
hearing from all of you, thank you SO SO much for the support! Also, if you
could include in your emails your home addresses so I can send you a
letter in resonse to your email that would be awesome!