|My new companion, Hermana Jackson!|
Many Big things have happened this week.
* First and foremost...you should know that Transfers happened this week. I know you have all been waiting and wondering on the edges of your rolling computer chairs.... but the moment is here. My new companion is Hermana Jackson, my MTC COMPANION!!!!!! Wow! Neither of us saw that one coming!!!!! It's a great place to be here in San Bernardino (experiences below will demonstrate why) and a great Time to serve a mission!!!!!!
*I got to see Hermana Erickson for the first time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so exciting!!!!! She is doing well and told me that BEN CAME TO CHURCH twice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for the day he gets baptized!!!!!!!!
|Hermana Carbajal y yo|
*Before Hermana Carbajal left we went to go contact a potential investigator. When we got there a man was just getting out of his car, Jose. He said the man we were looking for wasn't home. We got to chatting with him about his relationship with god. He said he had been to some other churches before. He agreed to give us his phone number and we set up a time to meet with him at the church building. Then on Thursday (set lesson day) he ACTUALLY CAME!!!!!!!!! SO COOL!!! We had a really great lesson! We went into the chapel and sang one of my very favorite hymns, Grande Eres Tu (How great thou art). Afterwards, I asked him how he felt. He said, "Honestly, As soon as I walked in here I felt something different. I don't know how to explain it. It's like a peace and calm." That lesson we put him on date for May 7th !
*We had a lesson with the friend of the investigator Consuelo, named Rafi. I am not sure if you remember her. She too is now on date for May 7th!!!!!
*San Bernardino Approach: (Official name) So this miracle moment starts off with a little bit of sad news. We set up a follow appointment with Jose at the church building with the Elders Quorum president and his wife-a sweet young couple in the ward. We waited for about 30 minutes and he never showed up....sad news. But.... just wait. So, Our church building is surrounded by a large white gate, because it is in San Bernardino, right by Baseline....When we went to church for the lesson we unlocked the gate for all our cars. While we waited outside the gate (hermana Jackson and I), we hear this noise, and see 2 men running as fast as they can....towards us. As we turn back to the church so they don't see us, our members, who by this time had come out of the church building, walk up and ask us why we looked worried. Just then, the first man running runs around us into the church parking lot and then into the church building. We are all running after him, because who knows what's going on. The Hermano runs in and the man tells us in Spanish (Listen to me, listen to me! They are going to kill me! I can't leave, I have to stay here!!!). We are still all waiting by the door, a little shocked. Then the crazy man then runs into the chapel to hide in the pews and the hermano runs after him. So the three of us still standing half in and out of the church door, see a car pull in. A scary man with a gravelly voice leans out the window and says, "Did you see a man run in here?" To which of course I replied "No, we are waiting for someone else." you can't be in here". (Hermana Jackson said I was pretty good at acting cool....so I might look into acting after the mission). The car turns and drives out of the parking lot. So, we go back in and the member had finally gotten the crazy man out of the church after they saw the car drive by. SO................. choosing to look on the miracle side of this story, 1) We saved that man's life 2) Jose didn't come, which means those creepy men didn't come into the church during the lesson...maybe without us knowing.
Whew!!!! we are alive!!! Don't worry mom!
*We are trying to get the members fire going with missionary work! We are starting to go over and help them practice teaching the Restoration in 5 minutes and we are helping them think of people and things they can do to help those people. We had 2 really cool experiences. 1) Familia Carrillo: we bore really strong testimony of Missionary work and then the next day at dinner the Hermana told us that she had though all night about it. She said she wants to somehow start with the people at her husband's business.
Familia Loera: We taught her the Restoration and committed her to teach it to us when we came back. Then we talked to her about her friends and family. She had been thinking about her son who isn't a member, but she just talked about how she doesn't know what to do to help him. This hermana loves to work in the temple, so we suggested family history work. She got so excited to know that angels from the other side could help prepare her son just a little more to accept the gospel.
|Morning of transfers. Our apt is in |
*MLC- This week at MLC we got to answer the questions of a future mission president leaving from the Redlands stake. He and his wife are a little nervous, so we got to testify of all of the things that have made us the mission we are. It was also really cool because apparently 6 of the 10 Sister Training Leaders are from our little group that came out last February! President said it was fulfilling a prophesy and that he remembers all of us coming in as new missionaries all scared. He told us in the training meeting that we would carry the mission.....and that we would probably be the leadership for the new mission president in June. VERY Cool!
Well that is all for this week! Thank you for your prayers! They are needed and they work!!!!!! I love you all!!!!!!!