Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Michael and Mario

Hermanas Shannon and San Juan Bowling with the Zone

#STATESIDESPANISH represent! She is going to be the best missionary.

YOU GUYS this gospel is so cool. The thing that I love most about it is that it makes perfect, complete sense (unlike this sentence). So we have this investigator named Michael. Let me just tell you about this kid. He is 18 years old and is probably the smartest person I have ever met. We found him knocking and he likes learning about other religions so he let us come back. We have been teaching him for about 5 weeks now and at first he just let us come back because he thought it was interesting but now he lets us come back because he has a deep love and understanding of the gospel. I don't know if I have ever seen such an obvious change in a person just in 5 short weeks. When we first met Michael he told us that he didn't even know if there was a God and now when we go over he tells us about his kneeling, heartfelt prayers that he does each night. He is a very deep thinker though and at times this can be a little frustrating for Hermana Shannon and me because he wants evidence or proof. This had caused me to dig deeper into the scriptures and look at the gospel in a way that I haven't seen it before. It has strengthened my testimony about the truthfulness and simplicity of the gospel. He came to church for the first time yesterday and loved it. He was participating in all the classes and was telling everyone about all the things we have taught him. It was really funny, and also a really proud moment for Hermana Shannon and me haha. PresidentCrawford is coming with us on Tuesday to our cita with him. President Crawford is like the second smartest person I know so that should befun.....haha.

Also we have a baptism this Saturday! Mario is getting baptized! Actually this whole thing has been SO stressful because he still has to get married before Saturday....He told us that he was going to get married like 2 weeks ago and then something came up and then he and Patty couldn't get work off at the same time and this and that....SO much stresssssss. But actually we just got a text from him about 20 min ago telling us that they got the marriage license and now all they have to do is have the bishop marry them! Hermana Shannon and I were jumping for joy in the library. God is great. Also Mario finished the Book of Mormon on Friday. No big deal he just finished the whole thing in a little over a month. He is so prepared and we are so happy for him.

We will find out about transfers this weekend! Hermana Shannon and I have no idea whats going to happen. We are hoping we can stay together for another one though!

I love this gospel and I love all of you!

Hermana San Juan

1 comment:

  1. Such exciting news all around!! I just have to tell you that you made my talk great last Sunday. Tom and I had to speak in sacrament meeting, and I spent the two weeks before reading a lot and trying to gather my thoughts, but it just wouldn't come together. The topic was Hope in Jesus Christ. Anyway, I read some of your emails again, and used two of them to illustrate points in my talk. When I finally brought those examples in Sunday morning, my talk finally came together. I hope you don't mind me quoting from your emails, but they are SOOO awesome!! Your enthusiam and faith and testimony is so contagious and joyful. And that's what hope in Christ is--joyful! Anyway, thank you so much for letting me read about your experiences each week. I love every single letter and am learning so much from you. Maybe one day I can be as good a missionary as you are!!

    Lots of love,
    Julie (and Tom too)