Monday, October 17, 2016

He Intends for Us to Make It

Hey there!
Hope your week was lovely.

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:

​Boliche- bowling. As in, "We went bowling last monday as a zone to say goodbye to the missionaries who were going home. I may have laid down on the floor face first to push the ball down the lane like I always do. And the other missionaries may have named the technique after me. We had a good time."
Yogi- somone who does yoga. As in, "we were street contacting this week and we met an atheist yogi. She explained a lot about what she believes, and it was interesting. I'd met people with many different beliefs, but I hadn't met a yogi before."
Amor de Dios- Love of God. "...we know that God loves all of His children and that in these last days He has restored vital additional knowledge and power to bless all of them. The Savior taught us to love all as our brothers and sisters, and we honor that teaching by sharing the witness and message of the restored gospel “among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people” (D&C 112:1)...What could be more joyful than sharing the truths of eternity with God’s children?"

This week was pretty great! First, I got a new companion.

​This is Hermana Villanueva! She's from Oaxaca, she finishes her 5th month of the mission today, and she's great!

We had some cool experiences this week! Here are two.

Wednesday we went looking for new investigators. We walked into a neighborhood and saw two women sitting in the park selling secondhand clothes. We walked up and starting talking to thm. One of them walked away, but the other told us, "Sisters, I think you've showed up in the perfect moment." She told us that she has a lot of family who are members of the church and that she had listened to missionaries before, but that now she wants to get baptized. We talked with her for a while and went back twice more this week. She's super awesome, and we know that we didn't show up in that moment by chance. We're excited to keep teaching her.

The same day, we went looking for a couple who Hermana Ramírez and I had met the week before in the same neighborhood. When we met them, they told us that he is a returned missionary, but she hasn't been going to the church very long and they just moved here. We weren't sure if she had been baptized or not, but when we went this week, we found out that she isn't a member. She said, "I haven't gotten baptized yet, but it's in my plans to get baptized so we can get married in the temple." We asked if she'd like for us to start teaching her and helping her prepare for baptism, and she said yes! In that visit we also found out that I know her boyfriend's family from Casas Grandes. Crazy small world! They went to church on Sunday and she's excited to keep getting ready.

We feel blessed to have found these two new investigators and we're going to keep looking for more this week! 

I have to go, but I want to share a quote from gneral conference that I love.
"The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life! Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory."

Keep on keeping on! Have a great week!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

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