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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SEMANA 59!!!

By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.  Alma 37:6   Happened again TODAY!:

Hola Todos!!

Wow, what a crazy, tiring, fun week! (haha) We spent the week running around like crazies! A whole lot happened this week! To start things off, we had District Meeting on Tuesday. Little thing about district meeting is that each companionship takes a turn talking about their investigators, then as a district we talk about how to solve their doubts and help them progress towards baptism. It's really great. Last week though, we stood up in front of our district and didn't put a single name up on the board. We humbled ourselves and said, ¨We don´t have anyone. If you have ideas on how to find the chosen people in our area we´re all ears.¨ They started sharing things when the Zone Leaders raised there hands and handed us a piece of paper. It was a mission call for the members. They told us they had this idea and thought it was a good thing we could apply, giving the members this call. We were super excited to have something new and got motivated to work better with the members!  

Later on in the week, on Thursday, we did our Weekly Planning Session and were thinking once again on how we could get more references... We sat for probably 5 minutes talking about how we could get better, then I went to Preach My Gospel. There was an activity listed to go back and ask the members about every reference we've received in the last few months again. We started going crazy, looking up all our references and ended up with a list of like 20 names, or better said, 20 potential investigators. That same day, Wanilda had the opportunity to go to the temple, which was such a blessing, she did a session while Pablo sat out in the waiting room. She got back and told us she had put our names on the prayer roll. After that day the miracles really started pouring in. With that list we made, and the Mission Call from the Elders, we truly have been receiving references ALL WEEK LONG!! It´s been such a blessing.
For example, we were sharing with a menos activo Friday, who has told us before she doesn't trust the missionaries teaching her daughter-in-law who's not a member. We kept passing by and have been focusing on establishing a good relationship with her. All of the sudden she jumps up in the middle of a lesson Friday and is like, ¨¡Vamos a ver mi nuera!¨ (Let's go see my daughter!" (haha) It was crazy! We went and shared with her daughter-in-law, and she´s GREAT!! She´s looking for the truth and WANTS to share with us! Best thing is, she´s not working. It was such a miracle. Her biggest thing is her husband. He´s VERY much against the church, but poco a poco va a pasar (gradually it will happen).

We also started teaching the Otter Pop people, Lara and her friend Veto. We don´t really know their situation all that well. They were living together but now they´re separated... It´s really weird, BUT God sent us at an opportune time. We saw Veto walking in the street crying and he told us they were splitting up. We passed by the next day and had a great lesson with both of them about the Atonement and the importance of baptism. Lara committed to a date right then! It was such a miracle!

Anyways, we also did a ton of intercambios/studies with the hermanas! It was great because they really needed us this last week! That´s one thing I love about being a Hermana Lider, because it doesn't matter what´s going on with us and our area, I get the opportunity every week to forget about myself and focus completely on what they need, and what their problems are. More often than not, I´m just a listening ear and a good friend, but I know that's what they need. Every time I finish helping one of them it´s almost like I can feel God´s approval. I feel that I´m really doing what he needs! I love it!  

Also, kind of sad thing, we have changes again this week! Crazy how fast time passes! We´re pretty sure one of us is going to change cause we've been together for so long... I´ll keep you all updated for next week! Thanks for all of your prayers! I love you all tons! Have a great week!

Hermana Austin

PONDERIZE!!!!  ¨Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you that by small and simple things are GREAT things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.  And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means doth the Lord counfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of MANY SOULS.¨ Alma 37:6-7 

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