This letter came while I was on my cruise...so it's up a week late.
Well to start off, I want to wish Hannah HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Formally. I honestly can´t believe she´s 19 years old...but hey. She has to grow up SOME day. Also enjoy the cruise.....thanks for inviting me ;)
As for my week, it started out rough. Not gonna lie...but we sure pulled through STRONG.
And I´m sick of bad news and struggles so here we go with the GOOD stuff!
This week we had a total of 11 new investigators. For this sector....it´s record breaking. We started working with the area binder more. I took notes and names and made lists of who we could visit and everything....that´s the short story. Well. We started visiting all these houses and BOOM. SUCCESS.
Thursday: Before lunch, we visited one of the old investigators I´d written down and she happened to be a contact we did in the street 3 days earlier.
After lunch we visited a reference from another elder. He was receptive and just happened to give us a reference of two professional basketball players of Chile...and show us where they live. Not too bad haha....
Next, we went straight down a street pretty close to visit some of the other people on the list. We knocked on a door and asked for a M*. The number matched up and everything....but they said that there was no M* that lived there. He pointed us to another house and said that there WAS a M* that THERE....okay. Not the house, but why not? We asked for M*....talked about the family, and were able to enter and teach her the first lesson. As we were finishing the lesson with her and her daughter, the daughter´s friend arrived. She asked if we could visit her mom who is waiting an operation and is pretty stressed out.......well OKAY. Don´t mind if I do! So as we left the lesson, the daughter went with us and introduced us to her mom and BOOM.....what. the. heck.
A total of 6 new investigators in one day...I couldn´t believe it.
Friday we continued to have success as we continued with the lists of old investigators and contacts. We found four new investigators.....B*....
and we didn´t even find the DAD that we were looking for! And all day Friday we were teaching....10 lessons in one day....I couldn´t believe it...but I´m holding ON to it.
Saturday was a bit of a down day....till the end. We visited one of our investigators, José. We´ve worked with the kids a bit, and the mom is a member, but for the longest time has been inactive. Until recently, she didn´t even participate in the lessons...I didn´t even KNOW her! And now....now we´re teaching her and her husband. Her husband was in jail for a lot of years, so we´re teaching with caution CLEARLY. But I am so amazed at the small changes I see every. single. day. I know that THIS GOSPEL changes lives. Changes people...literally changes who we are, into what God wants us to be. Well we were able to talk to him and he confided a LOT in us. A LOT.
Well. Sunday started out rough too. I sang in sacrament with my companion. hymn 208 in spanish....like 345 in english...I don´t remember. And Hermana Dodds gave a talk...it was a meeting about missionary work. Cool huh! ...during the whole meeting I was just praying to God that he could help us have SOMEONE in Church with us.....that if ANYONE could help us, He could. So why wasn´t he? And I received such a calm sensation.....such peace....even though we didn´t have anyone in church with us. I know that we had to go through this trial....I had to go through it. So that I could rely on HIM...and not ME. I didn´t know how he was going to bless me ...but I knew it was going to happen.
....and it did.
After a successful ward council meeting, and a new plan for the ward we made (it´s actually super cool and the Bishop is super excited....getting everything into ACTION..) we headed out to work. ...and then one of the lists I made got lost...It was for that day. So I had to write a quick one down really fast on the new one. Then we received a bunch of phone calls and I was freaking out because we were super behind! ....but right as we went to knock on a door an elderly man opened it immediately. We asked him how his day was and immediately started pouring out his life to us....we were able to enter to the back patio and teach him about the plan of salvation.....I asked him what he was willing to do to live with his family, and his wife (who passed away...) for all of eternity. He told us that he would listen to what we had to say. He said that he knew we were servants sent from God and that he would take all the advice we could give him. I felt strongly we needed to extend a date to him....and we did. He accepted the date immediately and thanked us for bringing him peace. I know that God brought us to him...that he was waiting, and that through God ALL things are possible. There are people WAITING for us and THIS gospel, His Gospel is the ONLY thing that will bring the world real peace and happiness.
God works through miracles EVERY DAY.
I love you guys and thank you for your constant prayers and support.
Hermana Alex Johnson
Here are some fun p-day bowling photos...