Carol's baptism didn't happen on Saturday. She didn't feel ready so we pushed it back two weeks to October 13th. This is a pretty solid date, we are going to make sure that she is ready! Sounds like things are staying busy there in Seminole. Even though I wasn't there for long, I sure do miss it! Send my regard to everyone back home. I am so excited to hear about the Lira's going to the temple! We are going on Friday so they will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Ready for my week? Here we go:
Monday we had a lesson with Carol with the Pratt's and
Chelsa. It was a really uplifting lesson, however we did learn that she
wasn't ready for baptism this week... She still needs a testimony of the
Restoration. I thought I had taught her that but I guess not... I took it hard
knowing that she didn't know that because I felt like it reflected on the type
of missionary I am. I really did feel like a failure of a missionary. However,
there is always room for improvement and that is why repentance is there so I
learned from it and moved on. I won't make that mistake twice!
On Tuesday, we went back to visit a potential that Elder
Johnson had found while we went tracting. We showed up to his house and talked
to him on his doorstep for two hours! He really didn't see the same way we do
and his heart was pretty hard so I noticed right away that he wasn't the elect
that we were looking for. However, it was good for Elder Johnson because he
taught a lot and learned from the lesson. After that, we went and saw the
Mathie's and I got to see my boys. Christopher is doing better, getting better
every day. We taught them a lesson about Abinadi and how we can learn from
that. We then went and taught Victor about eternal marriage. That was a good
lesson, the Spirit was strong there. I love Vic so much, he seriously has
become a brother to me. We always have a good discussion when we go over there.
On Wednesday, we went on exchanges with the Spanams. I got
to drive a car all day! However, I think being on bike is better. You talk to
WAY more people that you do in the car. My comp for the day, Elder Richins, is
a greenie as well and doesn't know much Spanish yet so we visited all the
families that could speak English. That poor Elder got SOOO stressed out when
things started to fall through. I taught him that you have to roll with the
punches and do all that you can do to stay busy and be productive. Even if it
means walking in the dark and talking to people before a lesson (yes, we had to
do that!). Elder Johnson learned a lot as well as we ran the area by himself
without me there to give input. Overall, it was a productive day in both areas.
Thursday was our usual weekly planning. After that, we went
and visited a less active lady who is 91 years old! She reminds me a lot of
Great Grandma Marie Tonini. She is still full of energy at her old
age. Our intention of going over there was to help her hang some pictures she
wanted to hang up. After that, we taught her about prophets and about how
General Conference is coming up. She then came out and gave us some of her
husband's old ties and a cuff link set. He passed away about three years ago so
she gave some of his old stuff to us. While I was there, I saw this ad for a
french cuff dress shirt for $20! I am going to order one this week :) I am
super stoked about it! I even get it custom embroidered. That night, we taught
Victor again. He always wants to learn more so we go over and teach him
whatever he wants to learn.
Friday we helped a sister in our ward move her
mother-in-law. They weren't members so it was a great missionary opportunity to
give back to the community. We made a good impact on that family and really
brought the Spirit into their lives for a short period. We then went over the
Carol's to see them and check up on them. Rob worked all week so it was nice to
We taught Tina (Victor's sister) on Saturday. She had just
gotten home from the hospital so it was good to see her back home. She is so
solid, it is amazing! She is already in the book of Mosiah in the Book of
Mormon. We had to push her baptism date back because of her health. Other than
that, she is ready.
Sunday we had fast and testimony meeting which was really
good! Both Elder Johnson and I got up and bore our testimony. I feel like Oak
Valley has become my home ward because of the amount of time I have been here!
After church, we went and visited the Mathie's again and taught them about
prophets and General Conference. We had dinner with our new Relief Society
president, Sister Murphy. Her husband is the head woman's basketball coach at
the University of Redlands so he is going to get us some swag (athletic gear)!
They are such a wonderful family. I honestly feel like the members trust us and
love us being there. We then taught Tina again and talked about the baptismal
convents. The work is progressing!
I learned a very important lesson this week. I learned how
to apply the Atonement personally to me. Before, I have really taken advantage
of it... I never really had to go through anything that has seriously knocked
me to my knees EVERY SINGLE DAY, pleading for comfort and strength. Well, I had
to hit rock bottom this week in order to apply the Atonement to my life. I was
constantly praying, seeking guidance in knowing what to do and pleading for
healing. I even fasted for my situation and what was going on in my heart and
mind. I have never really felt the healing power of the Atonement until now. My
Savior was there to pick me up when no one else was there. He gave me healing
and comfort. And come to find out, I fixed the situation and everything is
better now. That would not have happened if I didn't use the Atonement. I
testify that my Redeemer lives! He is there for us when we need Him the most. I
love Him with all my heart and I know that I am a choice Son of my Heavenly
Father. When I leave things to Him, He takes care of me. Lean on Him for
strength, use His grace that He gave to us. When you hit rock bottom, call out
to Him "Lord save me". He will be there, I promise you that and I
know that from every fiber of my being. He is there for us through anything!
This truly is His work and I am so blessed to be a part of it. I know that my
I love all of y'all and miss y'all dearly. Keep working hard
and always remember: Your Savior loves you!