Sunday, February 26, 2017

WEEK 68: We're going on an investigator hunt

Well, the first week of the transfer went fairly well! We're still in a drought of investigators but things are still going! We actually met a really cute family this week! They are Pedro and Nancy, and they have three sons, and a girl on the way. It was actually kind of weird because they're really young, like not much older than me and they already have a family! They are both Mexican but they kind of were raised for the most part in Arizona, so they know both Spanish and English, which means we will probably have to turn them over to the English missionaries. But, they did allow us to teach them the restoration and I think they liked it! And Pedro is moving to Utah, actually today! He didn't know what part, but I told him to go visit Salt Lake City and Temple Square. So hopefully he makes it over there. At the end of the lesson they started asking a lot of questions of what we do and what we don't do as Mormons and as missionaries, so we took that as a good thing. We may just end up making them some cookies to show them some love. 

Also, other sad news for the week, our only progressing investigator, Berta, is going back to Mexico at the end of the week because her visa expired. So we're going to lose another one! But we know the Lord is preparing even more people for us to find. We will get there soon!

On the bright side, I've had really good studies this week! Our mission president has asked that we study Repentance which has been soooooo cool to learn about. There's a scripture I found that I like and really explains the importance of repentance. In Alma 12:33-34 it says

33 But God did call on men, in the name of his Son, (this being the plan of redemption which was laid) saying: If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son;
34 Therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest.

Recently in a training video we watched we were taught the the most important R in the Repentance process is Redeemer. If we do not use or acknowledge the redeemer in the Repentance process it was not true repentance. If we just change our behavior without using the atonement of Christ, we just changed out of obligation and not out of desire to be more Christlike. Repentance can other words be described as an acceptance of the Savior by using His atonement to change us. It truly is only through Jesus Christ that we will be able to live with our Heavenly Father again someday. Sooooo yeah! Don't forget to repent because it is a gift we've all been given. It's not something for the people who sin, but also for those who want or be changed.

I love you all sooooo much! I really appreciate all the prayers you are saying on behalf of the missionaries, it really makes a difference! I know next week I will have an amazing story to tell!

Hermana Brown

Sister Gonzalez was super nice and surprised me on Valentine's Day
with hearts, and heart eggs!

Pretty Arizona Skies

Continuation of "A day in the life of a Visitors center Sister"

I helped to play a musical number for our WML son's baptism on Friday and that is him!

Car we saw in a parking lot. Good thing the Lord is on our side!

We had an STL meeting with Sister Townsend at the mission home!

We got invited for our dinner appointment to go to a members sons wedding. He married a girl from Pakistan! Unfortunately we didn't have time to eat because they showed up late, but the girl was so pretty! Anyway, this is the place they had the reception, and it's a house
where people live! They were just renting it for the day, but It's huge!

One of the sweet hearts said "be old" instead of "be bold"

We live on the second floor apartment, so in general morning we had been doing jumping jacks and stuff like that and didn't realize we were causing a lot of noise. Hahaha...

She makes her own bread! It's really cool and really good.

President Uchtdorf as a pilot!

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