Here´s a picture of me and Sister Christensen in our area. Can you find the church? :)
Please send my love to ALL the family. Claire Olivia is so cute and those pictures were really good. Ali still looks so pretty after having a baby! Mom and Dad, I hope you are already loving the mission in this first week. I want to hear about all the little miracles and cool experience that you´ll have as representatives of the Lord!
It´s been basically the same thing here, we had an investigator at church, 20-year-old D who just doesn´t seem that interested. She was a referral from a member, which is a miracle in and of itself, and seemed like she was in the perfect situation to be looking for God in her life. From what we already knew about her life, the meetings were all perfect for her situation, but she just had no reaction, to church or to the first lesson. It´s just kind of driving us crazy, she was making every excuse for us to not pass by and teach any more and didn´t even accept a copy of the Book of Mormon because she wouldn´t have time to read it. After church our leaders who share the same chapel asked about her and just told us to go find someone who had already been to church who will be our baptism for next week. Elder Gomes gave us a reference of a girl who had been visiting the church with her cousin who he had taught.
Now here´s the miracle, we didn´t know how to find this girl, but we decided to contact another reference from the same member who introduced us to D. The reference she gave wasn´t interested in going to church and lived with her boyfriend, but before leaving we asked who else lived there and she said her younger sister. It turned out her sister WAS the reference the Elders gave, a 17-year-old named I. We marked 2 Nephi 31 for her to read and marked her baptism for this Sunday! Today we´ll pass by and follow up. It was a good way to end the week.
Besides that, the week was a little frustrating but at the end of each day I feel something good had been done. We are working with T, an 18-year-old who is basically a member but her mom won´t allow her to be baptized. She´s been going to church in another ward with her cousins for months. Just meeting her has been awesome, and she´s going to help us teach her neighbor R, who didn´t go to church because of a death in the family but really is interested.
Another miracle I think was just last night when we went to a member´s house. The dad used to be a bishop but now they´re starting to go inactive. Getting to know them a little better, we ended up just talking about hymns. They had a keyboard and they let me play hymns and we all just sang together and felt the spirit fill the house through music. For me it really was special. I have such a strong testimony of hymns now on the mission and the power they have to bring the spirit and worship God. The habit of singing a hymn when your thoughts aren´t where they should be really works. We should never overlook them, God ordained the hymnal to be made three months after the church was restored. Christ and the apostles sang a hymn before He performed the atonement for us.
It´s funny you should mention J, I had the feeling to write her a letter this week. I don´t think she´s doing very well. I always remember her in my prayers specifically.
Missions are hard, they always will be hard. You never really figure it out, and I think it´s meant to be that way. Once you think you know what you´re doing, God puts you back at square one.
I´m just grateful for my Savior and for His church. He gives us so many blessings and is always there for us. I made a list this week of promises from the Lord and things I merely want. It really gave perspective to my desires and focus. Our biggest goal should always be to return to live with our Hevenly Father and to love one another. I know this church is true, the Book of Mormon will help any one who reads to feel closer to the Savior.
I love you all so much!! Seja feliz!