Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Know This Is Christ's True Church On Earth Today

Hi Family and Friends!!!  (11-24-14 Email)

Can I just say we had the most amazing week ever??? Seriously, the very best. It was packed full of miracles and amazing lessons. Basically all of our investigators are progressing right now. And we were just running from lesson to lesson every day! We were so busy teaching. And teaching amazing people. So many blessings. I am so grateful for what Heavenly Father has given me. 

We taught the Quinterras every day this week I believe. They are seriously amazing people. So prepared and willing to learn. They love what they are learning and they feel of its goodness. They are reading and praying and teaching their children to pray. We are just working our way right through the lessons and they are understanding and accepting everything. The Spirit works so powerfully with them. We were praying and pondering about whether or not we should keep going for the date of the 29th with them, even though they couldn't go to church last week, so we talked to them about it, and they were like, Why not?? So we were so excited. But then... on Saturday we found out they weren't married! Such a bummer. (We had asked how long ago they got married when we first met them, and she answered, but apparently she was just saying how long they had been together). 

We have Ellen's wedding all set and ready to go, so we were wondering maybe there is a reason God is helping them to learn so quickly. There happens to be a wedding all set up, so we were planning on inviting them to be married then too. We took them to the Visitors Center last night and showed them God's Plan, but afterwards, the spirit just told us not to invite them. They will be ready soon, very soon. But a little more time will probably do them good - so they can be so strong and truly understanding everything when they make that commitment to be baptized. 

Their little kids are so cute, just love them and they love us. It was Valentino's birthday this week and we made cupcakes and had a little party with them. It was so fun. The kids loved it. Then, after the church and the lesson at the Visitors Center, they came to the charla fogonera at Liahona 3rd! They do those every month, where President Jenkins speaks, a few recent converts & the bishop/branch president & stake president all speaks. And the missionaries do musical numbers. So that was a great experience for them. And I was so happy that it was at L3. I got to see a bunch of my old people and take pictures with them and say goodbye. I really do love that little branch! It is growing though! So many new people I don't know!

Ellen is doing great as well. She is staying strong against the coffee! And we were able to meet with her basically everyday as well. One of the amazing members in our ward, Hna Gonzalez (the one that invites us over for every holiday) has put herself in charge of planning the wedding, (so grateful for that!) She had her interview this week, and passed! (thank goodness!) And her husband almost got his passport to be able to get the marriage licence. Crazy story with that... We were in the middle of a lesson with her when she gets this phone call and she gets so upset... We were so nervous. Apparently someone robbed Jose while he was on his way to the Mexican consolado (I don't know how to say that in english sorry. Consolate?) So she runs over to Phoenix with money, but the office closed by the time she got there. So so crazy. And the only reason why he needs a passport is because someone stole his ID a few years earlier. Are you serious! The devil does not want this baptism to happen. He is sending all things their way. But they recognize that and are staying strong. Elen opened up to us more about her past this week, and it is just amazing the person she is now and the ways she has been able to change. I can't even believe some of the things she has been through. The Atonement is real. So baptism and wedding coming up on Friday! 

Tuesday was Hna Brons's birthday and we had a lot of fun celebrating that. But I think the greatest gift she received was our lesson with Marcos. He invited some of his member friends and his priest quorum adviser and some of his american family to the lesson (we were only expecting one friend haha). But we had planned to teach him the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Can I just say it is the strangest thing to teach in English). Anyways, the lesson was just beautiful. Everyone was contributing and sharing their experiences and their testimony. The Spirit was so strong. At the end, we invited him to be baptized, and he stayed quiet for a few seconds, but then told us he wasn't sure - it all depended on the answer he received. At the end of the lesson though, once everyone had left, he pulled us to the side and told us that he felt like that session was the answer to his prayers and that he did feel like he should be baptized. He was so nervous to tell us, but you could just see the sincerity on his face. It was such a miracle. 

We also had other great lessons with Marta and with Linda. Oh and the Viera family! We had three lessons with them this week! They are great and are progressing well. Their little 10 year old daughter is golden - brings in the spirit so strong and feels the spirit so strongly. She really motivates her parents. We are also working a lot still with the recent converts - especially the Gomez and the Morales. Seriously just so many amazing people.

Oh we had our mission 5k race today! It was fun. I have been really trying to train for it haha. My goal was to do it in 30 mins, but I did it in 30.24. Pretty close! It was really fun to have everyone out there running and cheering. Well, I am so excited for this week to come. We have great plans! And Thanksgiving! And a wedding! And a baptism! And then Christmas lights start on Friday! And I will be working outside for them again! So many great things coming up. And so many great people! And great experiences!

I am so grateful for all that God has given me. He truly has given me so much. I am so happy. Serving others is truly the best. I have the best companion ever. We are truly best friends and sisters. I just love her. And the best area the best everything. I just feel so undeserving of all these blessings, but I am so grateful for them. We truly do have so many blessings when we take the time to count them! I know this gospel is the gospel of Jesus Christ and that this is His true church on the earth today. He is the head of it and is leading and guiding it. We are so blessed to have this in our lives! Love you so much! Have a great week!

Con amor,
Hermana Haynes

Christmas Lights starts Friday!

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