My dearest friends and family-Perhaps I should begin this email by reminding you that it is not April Fools Day.
Can you say "perfect timing"? I was so grateful for that. We went together with Hermana Mendoza to that training, and I learned so much and felt so inspired. It was also super fun to see Hermana Call and Holland, and Elder Adamson at the conference. We trained and learned so much at those conferences, then went back to the house at about 4 to start proselyting again. To add another fun detail into the mix, we also had two extra sisters staying in our house. They proselyted with us on Wednesday night then went home on Thursday. (home, back to their zones... same thing) I saw a mini-miracle this week in the midst of all this craziness, my own little "feeding the five thousand" experience. With a new missionary that hadn't had time to shop for food, two visiting missionaries that didn't bring anything but clothes, and two other missionaries that basically buy cookies by the day to survive, the food that I´d purchased on Monday somehow lasted all of us until today. I honestly do not know how that turned out, but we all ate and I even got to enjoy some of my own cookies!
Friday, we found a family. One of our huge emphasis here in the mission is finding and baptizing families, and on Friday, we were following our plans and visiting some old names. When we can´t find names, we general knock all the doors immediately around that name, a trick called "Do the U". Mercedes, a woman of about 55 years, answered the door and immediately let us in. She was there with her husband, Luis, and their adult age son, Victor, and we began to teach. They agreed to come to church, and as we left, I could hardly believe it!
I was so happy. Sunday, we knocked on their door to pick them up, and Luis answered the door. Mercedes had been called into work last minute and Victor was out visiting, and he didn´t feel comfortable coming alone. I felt quite the weight as we walked into church alone. I sat in sacrament meeting and thought really hard about this calling to be a trainer, about my faith, about my efforts as a missionary. I decided that I don´t want to wallow in my 'unsuccesses' (I know that isn´t really a word, but I like it anyway), but must choose to always look forward and strengthen my faith. Faith faith faith. This is the attribute that I've decided to study this week, and I prayed to the Lord to tell Him that I have faith that in proportion to my diligence and obedience, I know He will bless us with success in the mission field.
The day before, we´d been lunching (also not a word) with the Elder´s quorum president, Alexys Moscoso and his wife. Just to illustrate how great our ward is, he basically sat us down and said Ì would like to have a Noche de Hogar in my house tommorrow night. We will invite the members and we will provide the food. Will you bring your investigators and a short spiritual message?` Why yes, we would love to!! Though luis and mercedes couldn´t come to church, they were able to come to this NDH, and they were super excited about it. Mom, you wouldn´ve loved it. We got together, did introductions, then had our spiritual message. We used the Mormon Message DVD that Dad sent, and got to hear several conversion stories and testimonies from the members. Then we played games. Games! All adults, and we played games like that straw game with the little candies, where you roll the dice while the other tries to grab as many candies as possible. After, we ate chips and cookies and juice, and I think the world may have been totally perfect.
My testimony and relationship with Heavenly Father is ever growing. I love you all and pray for you every day. I promise I´m doing my very best!! The gospel is so true.
Erica wrote that they understand that if you practice speaking while holding a pen in your mouth that it helps with pronunciation