Friday, December 23, 2016

Las Palmas & Warm Springs: November 17-23

Hi everyone!

We have had the best week ever! Things have really been picking up in our area. We have tons of new people to teach! James and his girlfriend, Judy, and her son, Anthony, are going to be baptized on 16 January. James and Judy are going to get married before that date! Our lesson with them was absolutely perfect. The Spirit was SO strong and we all got down on our knees at the end of the lesson and prayed to know if January 16 is the right date for them to be baptized. They all recognized the confirmation from the Holy Ghost that it was right. It was amazing to hear their descriptions of what it was like! They are so prepared and they have been searching for this for several years. We read Amos 8:11-12 with them and Judy said that was exactly how she felt. Anyway, they are an amazing family and I could go on about them forever but there's no time!

We are also teaching a really nice guy named Jose. We found his number in the area book with no other information, so we called and he invited us to come over and teach. He has two really young, crazy, sweet boys. His wife just died a few months ago. He's been really excited to read the Book of Mormon but doesn't yet have the desire to act on what he knows is true.

We found someone named Margaret halfway through the week. She is so sweet! She struggles with some mental issues, so it is incredibly difficult to keep the conversation focused. We love her so much! Once she realized she could trust us, it was easier to teach.

Matthew was baptized! The baptism was perfect! The member family that he is living with took care of everything for us. It reminds me a lot of President Hinckley's talk called "Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep" where he talks about what converts need. It's so true!

We also have a ton of part-member families coming to us and saying that they want their kids to learn about the gospel. We are so excited to teach them!

We received some crazy news on Saturday--Sister Uata and I have a new companion now! The mission sister training leaders called us on Saturday and asked if we would be willing to have her. Her name is Sister Rovig and we just met a few hours ago. She is amazing! She was serving in Denmark but then her visa had some issues and the country told her she had a few days to leave. She was up for 48 hours packing everything and traveling here! We are so excited to see what we will be able to do with her help. She has three months left and this is where she is supposed to be!

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

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