Another great week has gone by. One sad thing did happen this week though. The girl that we met the other week (Viany, the one who wanted us to help her paint her room) dropped us. She did it very nicely and was so sweet about it. She just told us that her whole family is Catholic and that she is comfortable at the church she goes to now. I never knew that it would be that hard to have someone drop you. My heart was a little broken. But I feel planting seeds is just as important, she may not be ready to accept this gospel yet but she can in the future.
So now for some good news! The boys have a baptismal date, August 31! Man I wish you all could meet these boys they have taught me so much. They are only 14 and 16 years old but they are so mature. They have been through a lot and its amazing to me how much strength and courage they have. Sometimes I feel like even though I'm the missionary the people we teach or talk to teach me the most. Being a missionary is such a great blessing.
So we are teaching a young mom and three kids right now. Her name is Olga. I can't remember if I told you about her or not. We found her when we were walking to an appointment and she was outside cutting her bushes and we offered to help her. We have taught her twice already and I really think it was meant to be that we found her. I will never forget our first lesson with her. We taught her about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and about how this gospel blesses families. We asked her if she would say the closing prayer and she was SO nervous. She had never really prayed before, especially not out loud in front of other people. So we taught her how to pray and we told her that you're just having a conversation with your Father, he loves you unconditionally, he will not judge you, and he is always waiting to hear from you. And suddenly something clicked inside her and she said the prayer. The spirit was so strong, it was surrounding all of us. That was such a testimony builder to me that Heavenly Father loves us and he knows each one of us individually. His arms are always stretched out towards us, no matter where you are at in your life. There is power in prayer.
So on Wednesday I had new missionary training and then on Friday we had zone conference so basically I'm feeling really inspired! New missionary training was great. It was so fun to see Hermana Shannon again we had a lot to catch up on. She was like "You're probably really surprised to see that I'm still here." Oh man she cracks me up (but yeah I was a little surprised haha). But I really did miss her, it was good to see her!
Oh, so this is fun! Me and my companions are trying to set up English classes every Wednesday night for our investigators, people in our branch, or really anyone who wants to learn English! We are really excited about it. It would be a great way for our investigators and people in the branch to bond! Plus it will help me out with my Spanish as well!
Anyway, I think that's about it for this week! I love all of you and thank you for all of your letters and e-mails! They really do make all the difference, I have the best family and friends ever!
I just want to leave you with a quote from President Uchtdorf that I read this week and really liked. It says, "God's light is real! It is available to all! It gives life to all things. It has the power to soften the sting of the deepest wound." I just love that quote. It is filled with so much hope and especially with being a missionary I have seen that this quote is beyond true.
Hermana St John :)