Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week 19

What a good week! (I know I say that every week, but it's true!) We saw a lot of miracles, met a lot of new people, and received a lot of inspiration.

Last Tuesday, it was only 2 and all of our appointments for the afternoon had already cancelled. So we had nothing set until dinner that night at 7. We had no idea what we were going to do all afternoon! We found a trailer park to knock, said a specific prayer to find someone new to start teaching, and Heavenly Father poured out the blessings. We found 5 new investigators in that trailer park Tuesday afternoon! First was a 16-year-old boy, then a mom and her son, then another family who had been meeting with missionaries two years ago and decided they were interested again! So we could have had a miserable afternoon knocking trailers in the rain, but instead we taught three really good first lessons about the restoration. We are really excited to continue meeting with these people to bring them closer to their Savior and making the covenant of baptism.

Hermana Browning and I made a transfer goal that we want to find a family who is super prepared for the gospel that we can baptize next transfer. Thursday we found a family that we thought was it! They had just moved here from Mexico a month ago and know zero English, and they haven't found a church to go to yet. The spirit was so strong during the first lesson about the restoration of the gospel, and they accepted a baptism date for in December! But then, just this morning we got a text from them saying that they aren't interested anymore. Nooooooooooooo. We will try to keep being persistent, but at the same time we have to respect their agency. And hopefully the Lord is preparing another family for us to find and baptize!

For exchanges this past week, I got to go to Dayton again! Sister Casas is the new STL, so she came to my area with Hna Browning, and I went to Dayton with her greenie, Sister Melton. We had so much fun! I love getting to meet other members and investigators, and hearing their stories about meeting with the missionaries. So many members here are converts!

Yesterday, instead of normal church services, we had regional conference for the southwest United States. (I don't really think of Houston as southwest, pero lo que sea..) It was super awesome! First of all, because our investigator Israel came! This was his first time coming to church in over 3 years, and he said he really liked it! Second of all, we received some really good counsel from those who spoke. We heard from Lynn G. Robbins, Linda S. Reeves, Lawrence E. Corbridge, and then Dallin H. Oaks. I learned about the power of simplifying, both the things of the gospel, and the things in our every day life. We might have to give up some good things to fill our lives with things that are better or best.Then Dallin H. Oaks talked about the difference between being active in the church and being active in the gospel. Being active in church basically means you go to the meetings. But being active in the gospel means you're continually growing, studying, learning, repenting, and meaningfully taking the sacrament. We need to be active in the gospel, not just active in the church!

I think that about sums up the week!  Me encanta estar aqui en mi mision y se que hay personas aqui que necesitan este Evangelio! Me encanta compartir mi testimonio con todos los que conozco, y puedo sentir mi testimonio fortalecido mas y mas cada dia. Les amo!

Mateo 16:25

Hermana Baker
All of these birds reminded me of the short story/movie "The Birds." So creepy....

A member, Fernando Torres, takes us to Panda Express every Saturday. This week he bought us the cutest panda stuffed animals!

Service! The second councilor in the bishopric had his house flood last weekend, so us missionaries got together and spent a day helping him out. We found a box in his garage full of these matching hats so he let us keep them :)
(Hna Browning, me, Elder Wright, Elder Edward, Elder Knudsen, Elder Barrett)

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