We just received news about transfers, and Hermana Bonilla will be transferred to another area Wednesday morning. My heart is sad, as I am going to miss her so much. With all that we have been through together, we have grown close. I told her I’d write her letters and keep her updated with how these families are, and I’ll still be here and she can write me and share with me the miracles she sees every week. This also puts me here thinking — I’m staying in the area. What else do I need to do here? I guess I’ll see as the weeks go by.
This has been an extremely stressful week, but in the end we saw a lot of miracles! It’s amazing to me to look back over these past few months and see the growth that has occurred in the families whom we serve.
There is this one sister whom we visit. She is such a sweetheart. She wants to have a better understanding of the gospel. These past few weeks we have visited her and read from the Gospel Principles book and from the Book of Mormon, and she now says prayers with us, makes more comments, reads from the Book of Mormon every day, and makes more connections (she even made a connection with what we taught a few weeks back!). She is so sweet, and I feel my heart full of love for her. 🙂
We have also seen miracles in the life of another family through serving them. These past months we have strived to serve them, and now they are open to us visiting them. Tuesday afternoon we visited the mom, and she agreed to read with us from the Gospel Principles book. After all this time serving them, she is now more open with us and asks lots of questions that shows us that she wants to understand the gospel better. And at the end of the lesson, we saw another miracle: she actually said (after some encouragement) the prayer! It was the first time we have heard her or seen her pray, and she did a lovely job. 🙂
We have seen power in reading from the Book of Mormon with our investigators. One of our investigators is going through many hardships, but the one thing that brings her peace is prayer and reading from the Book of Mormon. Despite her challenges, her faith has grown! And she understands better when we teach straight from chapters from the Book of Mormon. There is a light beginning to spark in her eyes, and she wants to be baptized!
We have also seen miracles with another sister. Friday morning she told us that since she has started meeting with us, she has felt the spirit more in her home and recognizes the hand of God in her life. And she came to church yesterday!
It was also beautiful to see one family with whom we are working begin the temple preparation classes! That is the ultimate goal, and I can’t wait to be there with them when they are sealed as a family for time and all eternity!
Another couple is progressing as well! They have started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning! Saturday night we dropped by with the Munoz family to visit them, and we shared Helaman 5:12 and talked about the importance and power that comes as we build our foundation on Christ. At the end we each shared our testimonies of who Christ is in our lives (including the wife). A peaceful, powerful spirit came. The sister is reading at least a page from the Book of Mormon every day (and leaves it open on her desk to remind her to read), and she wants to learn more and analyze and find out for herself the truth.
We have also seen how the Lord takes care of us. Wednesday night my bike got two absolutely flat tires. We called Elder Loosli, and he was home and was willing to fix them. He also found us a ride to go to the stake center for our meetings. We didn’t have a way to get home, but one of the ward missionaries called us and asked if we were busy that night. We said no, and she said she had invited a friend for a Family Home Evening and asked if we would like to teach. We gladly accepted! At the Family Home Evening, we read Moses 1:1-16 and testified of her identity as a daughter of God and of the power that comes into our lives as we read the scriptures, pray, and go to church. Hermano Bermudez, a ward missionary, testified of the power of prayer and fasting for strength and guidance from the Lord, and Hermana Bermudez, his wife, testified of the power of the example of their friend for her children. It was a beautiful experience.
As of Wednesday night, we have been in a trio! Hermana Beggs is staying with us for a week or two while her companion recovers from a tonsillectomy. 🙂
Thursday afternoon after we visited a sister, we didn’t have time to walk home, eat lunch, and walk back to our other appointment (because we are in a trio and Hermana Beggs doesn’t have a bike, so we are walking), so we started walking to visit another family. As we walked, a sister opened her door and asked us if we had eaten lunch yet. We said no, and she invited us in to eat lunch with her. She was so sweet to us and was an answer to prayer (without her, we would have gone without lunch that day).
¡Jesucristo vive! Lo sé y lo testifico ¡con todo mi corazón!