Hello! It was a pretty chilly week here in Southern California, but the sun is back out today!
Last Monday we went for a lesson with a newer investigator named Dilberto and his daughter and son-in-law, Carlos and Soledad, joined us. It was a really wonderful lesson, talking about the Book of Mormon. We invited them to read it and ask God if it was true, they accepted and we set a return appointment for the upcoming Sunday after church.
Tuesday was kind a weird day haha but we still got stuff done! We met with Dice, had a phone lesson with Edward, and went to see Tom and Valda.
Wednesday we got to teach some Preach my Gospel to the young men at Mutual. We helped them teach some of the points from the restoration, this week they will hopefully be bringing some non-members to practice teaching haha we will probably be bringing Dice to that.
Thursday morning, we met with Soni, a Tongan investigator. He and Sister Polaulu mainly spoke together in Tongan but I answered one of his questions about the Spirit World. It was weird that I could basically figure out what they were talking about most of the time. I could especially feel when the spirit came into the room when Sister Polaulu would teach and testify. That just helps me know that the power of the Spirit is real! It doesn't matter so much what words are spoken, when someone testifies with power the Spirit bears testimony of it!
Friday we found an investigator named Lily while we were going to meet someone else that didn't really show up so that was awesome! Later we went to see Rosemary with Sister Patrick and she was quite ill. She couldn't meet with us but she asked if we would say a prayer for her. I got to say that prayer and it was a very special experience.
Later we went to visit with a less-active family and I felt like we really established some connection and friendships that will hopefully continue to develop as we strive to help them return to the fold of God!
Saturday we did some service for Bill, Mark and Lori (Minmin). Afterwards they expressed great gratitude! They have some health challenges and the work would have been very hard on their own, maybe impossible. We had lunch with them and taught Lori a bit more about the Plan of Salvation, baptism and the priesthood authority. Long story short she asked if the person who baptized her had the priesthood and I said not and she started crying and she was sad that her church had "lied to her".... so I explained that they didn't know any better but now that she did she could get baptized by God's authority. We invited her to pray and come to the General Women's broadcast that evening.
So that evening she came to the Broadcast and she was telling us that she had prayed about what we had taught after we left and she felt a really strong feeling in her chest, she said it felt amazing and she had never felt it before. We taught her more about the Spirit and how it works with us. It was a really special experience.
The the broadcast started.... about halfway through the first speaker Lori got up because she had a terrible migraine, as she was doing this she passed out! Yeah it was rough. We called the ambulance and they took her to the hospital, she was home by the end of the evening and she slept the whole next day to recover, which meant she didn't come to church, but at least she was okay!
This just showed to me that Satan will really do anything to try and stop this work from moving on. It's a good thing that I know that he simply can not do that! He does not have the power. So we keep working, keep fighting, put our shoulders to wheel and move along!
On Sunday, Sister Polaulu and I spoke! She spoke about missionary work and I chose to speak on the Atonement, more specifically our redemption from spiritual death. I think it went pretty well! Edward came late, as always, but at least he came.
Now to complete the cliff hanger from the beginning of my email! After church we went to see Carlos, Dilberto and Soledad with our ward mission leader, Brother Patrick. It was such a good lesson! The spirit was so strong and they seem really eager to read the Book of Mormon and find out truth! I'm really excited to keep working with them.
We also met with a part-member family Sunday evening, we have been taking their daughter Vaiola out with us a lot lately and she is starting to think about serving a mission, yay!
All in all a pretty great week!
sorry - no pictures this week.
sorry - no pictures this week.