this week was awesome because Kayla was able to be BAPTIZED! it was an amazing day and she was literally glowing (pictures to prove). A ton of her family was there supporting her and it was amazing to see. we are hoping this step will help their family all together. the day after, we went to their house to have a Thanksgiving dinner and it was sooooo good. they are so united as a family and we love it. on tuesday they go to El Salvador for Thanksgiving break and wont be back for about 2 weeks. so we are hoping that they will be able to go to church over there. we are just so happy that we were the lucky missionaries that got to see Kayla take this step in her life-after 4 whole years!
on tuesday we had zone conference and it was amazing, as always. we got super pumped for the new #lighttheworld campaign! it will be amazing and we are so excited to start it this week. here is the link! please check it out and participate!
We visited this old man this week that lives in Needville, hardcore farm town. Hardly anyone visits him because he lives super far but seriously he is the sweetest, most faithful man. We were planning on sharing with him something to help him with his scripture reading but he told us he is almost done with the Book of Mormon. and the best part about him?!?!? HE DOES YOGA. I'm not kidding. I explained my love of yoga to him and we instantly connected..to say the least. he is my new favorite man here in the branch and we are planning on taking him to a lesson this week. I love meeting new people!
for the Barrios family, we had an awesome family night with them and the Flores family. we had this awesome lesson plan we were going to do and we were going to get them all on date for baptism. but the kids were sooooooo crazy and so we basically just said "families are eternal" and ate...haha. there were some cool testimonies shared though. especially by 5-year-old Mario, son of the Flores family. we asked him who Jesus was to him and it was super sweet.we are going to try to meet with them again this week. but the all came to church again and Hna. Barrios participated in Relief Society. They also all came to the Thanksgiving activity last Monday and brought awesome food. Everyone in the branch is so surprised when we tell them that we are teaching them because they think they are already members.
we met with Jose again and it was powerful. he just has sooo many questions for us and is even questioning if God exists. we started teaching the Restoration because he always has a lot of questions about religion. so we were teaching the Restoration and all of the sudden he asked where we go after this life. so we tucked our Restoration pamphlet back in our bags and pulled out the Plan of Salvation. we explained to him God's plan of happiness for him and he looked so relieved. we asked him to ask God that night if everything we have taught him was true. We promised him that if he knows it is true, he will understand and want to learn more. So the next day, guess who calls us? Jose. He said his prayer went great and he wants us to come over again. we are so excited!
It has been a pretty rough week emotionally though. I am coming close to the end of my mission and a I feel a lot of emotions and training a new missionary is always hard. I have been pretty hard on myself for so long and I am learning to just take it easy and enjoy the ride. Last night, Hna. McAdams was super sick and was trying to sleep but couldn’t. So I started to read conference talks out loud until she went to sleep. She fell asleep in the middle of the talk "Fourth Floor, Last Door" given at a Women’s conference in October by Elder Uchtdorf. I decided to keep on reading it and had the impression that I needed to. I got to the end of the talk and realized why I needed to. The reason I started reading it in the first place was for me. The Spirit touched my heart and put the talk in my hands, so I could be spiritually strengthened in that moment. I started to tear up at this part of the talk, it hit me hard:
“Will we give up after knocking on a door or two? A floor or two?
My beloved sisters in Christ, God is real.
I know that I needed to hear that right in that moment and that Heavenly Father answered my long heart-felt prayers.
|hna. avila is a less-active that is coming back to church! she gave us a ton of mexican candy and one of them looked like a piece of green paper! but it was food..haha|
|family night with the Barrios family! I look like a ghost|
|tis the season! christmas lights outside and inside!|