Monday, September 12, 2016

09/12/16 Group Email

Wow this was such an amazing week! We saw so many miracles!
-So for starters, last Monday we visited with a sweet old lady from the ward and we taught her the Restauracion. As I was reciting the first vision, she just started sobbing. I was so shocked because it came out of nowhere, but I looked into her tear filled eyes and testified of Joseph Smith and wow it was an incredible experience. As missionaries, we share the restauracion so many times that it starts to become a habit.. and then we share it with people who don't always appreciate the words. But it really hit me as I testified that night to her, that that vision is so true! It really did happen and if we take time to truly think about it, the spirit will testifiy to us that it's the truth.

-Another miracle! We were out walking around this part of town where there are a lot of Latinos.. which we ended up meeting a couple of muchachos who were about our age and were very impressed that we could speak Spanish haha.. we ended up doing everything we needed in the area, but as we we were driving out this man in his garage started smiling and waving to us (which doesn't happen hahah) so we went and repakred and walked over and he was a member! He's from Tonga! and was sooooo nice. we were talking and asked him if he new anybody who spoke Spanish and he said "yeah my neighbor! you should go knock her door!" so we turned to go knock it, but I turned back around and asked him if he could come with us. he said oh yeah of course! so we walked us over there and we were able to contact his refence (she wasn't interested, dang it!) but it was the sweetest thing. Seriously, if every member was like that, we would be teaching people off the walls!

-We got a referral from some Sisters in our zone, so we went over and contacted him. Yeah, he was this man from El Salvador who just wanted to bible bash and tell us that our church is wrong. But we stayed calm and collected. We finally were able to cut him off and we were about to leave but I thought, "you know what, no I'm gonna testify to him!" so I told him 'Is it okay if we leave you with our tesitimonies?" and he kind of stepped back and looked at me, really confused hahah but said that we could. So he crossed his arms and looked right at me.. and I was able to testify that we have a loving Heavenly Father, we have a Savior Jesus Christ, and we have the Holy Ghost. and man, it felt SO good to testify of those things! To go from listening to the crazy things he was telling us, to being able to testify of our truths. And he said "so the mormon church believes that they are all three separate beings?" and I said yes and he said "okay you answered my question, I've been wondering about that for awhile now" hahaha what the! It was crazy! Talk about Let the holy spirit guide!

-The best miracle of the week... WE ARE TEACHING A FAMILY and they are perfect! He is from Republica Dominicana and she's from Colombia and they have four kids (10, 8, 6, and 4) Hermano Fernando works with him and introduced us two weeks ago. On Tuesday we taught them the Restauracion, which they absolutely loved. They were holding on to every word. Then Hermano Fernando and his kids went over the following night and gave her a blessing, because she had surgery last week, which we heard was really special. Then on Saturday we taught them the Plan of Salvation with the Family Fernando and it was soooo special. The spirit was sooo strong. Their house is beautfiul and super clean.. so the spirit is always there with us. At the end of the lesson they told us that they will make it to church once she starts feeling better from the surgery. So we weren't planning on them coming.. WELL during sacrment meeting, right as they started doing the annoucements, IN WALKS IN THE FAMILY REYES and everyone watched them walk in and sit down with the family fernando.. seriously, the face of the Obispo and his counselers was priceless! they were just glowing and smiling from ear to ear! And the talks during sacrament were perfect.. they talked about obedience and the importance of the family and wow it couldn't have been better. the kids all went to primary and we went to principios del evangelio and of course that was a perfect class too! about the sacrament and the spirit was SO strong! after the class as we waited for Relief society to start, Lorena (the mom) turned to us and just started crying and said she feels so happy here and all that they've talked about has helped her so much and a ton of other stuff. But WOW it was the miracle of the transfer, for sure! They are so golden!

This week was incredible. Soooo many miracles. It is the most amazing feeling being an instrument in the Lord's hands! I know that I'm doing is work and I know that He lives! The miracles we see every day out here are indescribable. I love being able to testify! Love you all have a good weeeeeek

Hermana Dean

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