August 7, 2017
On Monday night we taught Sister Figueroa with Sister Barahona, who was a great interpreter and fellowshipper. Then we received a referral so we went to see her. She ended up being an 16 year old girl named Naudia who is really sweet and was referred by her best friend in Nebraska, where Naudia and her family just moved from. She has been to church and other activities with her friend and enjoyed it. She wants to feel more strongly that God is there. She and her family belong to another church and seem pretty set in it but we'll see how it goes!
We had district meeting at the mission office on Tuesday because of interviews. I got to see Sister Lesuma and talk to her for a little bit! Sister Durrant got to see her last companion, Sister Zinck. Interviews went pretty well. After we got back we went to see Sonia (Nina's mom who we've been trying to teach) and talked about the Book of Mormon. She is open to reading it and meeting with us.
We stayed for most of Wednesday in hopes of killing Sister Durrant's cold. She is better now. We had coordination that night and a meeting with Bishop. Both went well. That night we had about half an hour left and we were walking around our apartment complex. We needed up meeting some really cool people and giving away 3 Book of Mormons!
Thursday...was my birthday! We weekly planned, ate cake, and weekly planned some more. We had a lesson with a less active member named Sister Doniaz, who has been really struggling since her husband's death 5 years ago. But during the lesson she really felt inspired to come back to church and said she might be late, but she would be there on Sunday! She also invited us back for dinner next week.
We saw Sonia again on Friday and she was asking questions and seemed interested in the Book of Mormon. At the end of the night we had stopped by a woman named Rebecca who we had met awhile ago but nobody answered. We passed back by her house and her son was outside starting the lawnmower. He went and got Rebecca and we had a great conversation with her, showed her the Prince of Peace video, and gave her a Book of Mormon. She asked kind of out of the blue if there was a way she could receive a blessing for the family's upcoming move to Virginia. Some nuns had blessed her sons when they were babies and she had really appreciated it. We said sure, we know some elders who would love to come by! So we will probably be going on Wednesday night.
On Saturday we were finally able to go to the Mary & Martha House thrift store to serve again. It turns out they were open an extra hour for a sale. We ran into some members of our ward who we hadn't met before. They gave us a referral and introduced us to the employees who they knew. We had a great discussion with two of the employees about what we do as missionaries.
On Sunday I met another Natalie Porter at church! She and her husband were visiting for their honeymoon. Brother Lambru wasn't feeling well and Sister Doniaz didn't make it either. The elders had some people there, though, which was awesome! After church we stopped by a woman who we had met before and she let us in for a lesson on the spot! It went pretty well. We read the Book of Mormon with Tammy after dinner and she seemed to connect with what was being taught. Finally we saw the Cordova family and got to know Roxanna, the super sweet 15 year old daughter, a lot better. She has been through a lot but is always smiling. We gave her her own copy of the Book of Mormon and showed her a video. We are excited to see what happens; she likes to read! At the end Sister Cordova gave us authentic tamales. They might have been a little too authentic for me...my eyes were watering and my face was burning up, haha. But it was delicious!
There was a scripture that stuck out to me this week as we and all the missionaries in the mission joined in a mission fast. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and wants to help us in any way he can. I have felt his love many times and I am so grateful for the blessings he gives me even when it feels like nothing can help.
"O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me--yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, and also my two sons--yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ
1. Eating lunch at the mission office before interviews
2. Happy birthday to me!
3. My snazzy cake making skills