On Tuesday night, we had a beautiful lesson with the Rodriguez family, to which we brought Sister Taylor (our Missions Mom) with us! It was a phenomenal lesson, Josè even said he knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God! They don't want to be baptized, but they have such faith and such good genuine hearts! We love them dearly. We saw them twice this week because we went over after the General Women's Broadcast on Saturday night. They really are such a good family. We will be the best of friends forever, I know it.
|Sister Taylor stayed with us after the Rodriguez's appointment to observe our planning.|
She's a wonderful lady!
One night, we were at Peggy's house, who we love and adore, and she told us about her Atheist view on things and that she didn't want us to teach her the lessons because it "makes [her] sad to see such beautiful bright young ladies teaching things like this." It broke our hearts. She used to know God, and now she denies Him. I thought about being a parent and having one of my children not being able to recognize me as their parent and caregiver, and it made me so sad for Heavenly Father who has billions of children like that! :( The next day was the Women's Broadcast and it was PERFECT. Everything that was said was exactly for me. I love how that always seems to happen. If you didn't get a chance to watch the broadcast, go to lds.org immediately and watch it. It truly was beautiful.
We found a few new investigator this week: Bob, Taylor, two Philippino gentlemen who's names I can't pronounce, and the Peruvian lady named Mercedes and her daughter. The Philippino guys may need a translator, but we haven't found one yet, so we might end up asking friends from home who speak Tagalog to FaceTime a few lessons with us so they can translate. Pretty cool, eh?
Guess what. I had venison for the first time for dinner on Sunday. It was... Well I'm not going to be eating it again. I'm SOOOOO glad I don't hunt. It was bearable, just not something I would ever choose to eat. I think I'll stick with my Louisiana Chicken from Popeyes for now. :P
We had some good experiences this week with people saying things like, "I don't belong to any church because they all believe that if you're not a member of their church you are going to Hell," and "I stopped going to church because the doctrine changed from 'we are all brothers and sisters and should love each other for who we are' to 'get out there and convert so that you can accept others!'" Well guess what. We don't believe that you are going to Hell if you're not a member of the church. And we do believe in loving everyone because they are your brothers and sisters. There were SO many situations like that this week where we got to give people an answer that meant something to them. I'm excited to go back and have more lessons with those people.
We got to do some great service this week too! We painted a room for a member's wife! She's not a member, but is the absolute nicest lady ever! Take a little looksy: