I hope this email finds y'all in good health and spirit! This week has been full of little miracles! It made me really think of how much Heavenly Father really appreciates me and the work that is here for me to accomplish through him. The week started off by getting those packages that you sent mom! That was so thoughtful of you to label everything like that. It totes made my night! I was so excited to open them that I accidentally sliced my finger with the little pocket knife I had used to get it open. Oops! :) It's all good.
Then on Tuesday, we had a lesson with a young man named Jovany. We had originally tracted his dad and hadn't visited him since. But when we came back to visit his dad and his wife, Guille, whom we had met on another occasion, we found Jovany instead! He is so cool, he has been coming to every sports night and he came and watched general conference with us. He has been coming to the YSA ward with us, and we hadn't even taught him any of the lessons yet! So this week we taught him the first lesson. It went so well, and at the end he accepted a baptismal date for November 7th! Then on Saturday we had another appointment with him to watch the restoration movie. When it ended, he shared with us how he had read the chapter in the Book of Mormon that I gave him as homework, and he told us that he couldn't stop reading because it made him feel so good inside! It made me cry a little bit, because I knew that he was "getting it"! He is progressing at a rate I didn't think was possible. He surprises us every time we see hime with how much he understands and accepts. Please pray for Jovany that he may be able to receive his own personal testimony. This is it. This is why we are sent out into the field, to recover lost sheep one by one. What joy it brings to my soul.
On Friday we had exchanges with the other Spanish hermanas in the zone. I spent the day with Hermana Vuijch in her area and Hawn went with Hern in our area. It was kind of scary for me because Hern had asked me to help her in her STL responsibilities, so of course I said I would. I spent most of the day teaching and training Vujich about how to organize and fill out paperwork in the area book. Normally, her trainer would have taught her how to do it, but her trainer chose not to train her and never let her learn or help with this. (I am a firm believer in companion-exchanges, it gives one the chance to have a fresh perspective and the ability to say the things that their investigators/less actives need to hear without being nervous.) Afterward we visited an older woman who just lost her son in a car accident. We stayed there a long time listening to her and trying to console her about how her son is learning about the gospel in heaven and we told her that things are going to turn out alright. I then shared a scripture that hopefully made her think about how it is never too late to learn the gospel and that she should look forward to seeing him again. We eventually left and finished the rest of the day's schedule until 7:00, we even made it to sports night. It turned out to be a really good day.
Another miracle that we saw was on Sunday. We had so many less actives and investigators attend sacrament meeting, including Jovany! It made me smile from ear to ear like that Beyonce song haha! I also gave a talk in one of the English wards which we cover. It was last minute assignment, so we didn't have a lot of time to prepare. I finally decided it was time for me to stop reading my talks word for word. I only wrote down bullet points so that I would be guided in my thinking process. I also prayed that I would be guided to say the things the ward members needed to hear- and it went well! I have a lot of faith that the Spirit gives me the words to say that are not my own, I am grateful for this opportunity to be his spokesperson. That same day, we were asked to teach the Sunday School class for the YM and YW of the Spanish ward. We also taught that class by the Spirit and it went well. We are learning to teach and talk with little preparation time, maybe we are being taught to be ready at all times and in all places.
On Sunday night we had FHE with a woman in the ward named Hermana Nora, she is so adorable and I love her to pieces! She told us that she would be inviting another woman whom she works with who happens to be Anti-mormon. So when got there, we were cautious. She treated us like we were regular people, which is awesome. Then we taught a quick lesson about the parable of the 10 virgins, which she approved of haha. Then we played the frog game, and we had everybody laughing and happy when we left. Hermana Nora reported to us how much her friend loved our company and how she wants to be invited to all the other FHE's at her house in the future. Good impression accomplished!
Welp! I hope y'all have a week full of little miracles!
Hermana Moss :)