Friday, January 13, 2017

12/12/16 - Heavenly Father's plans

hey friends and family! good news: I am not getting transferred which means I will probably finish my mission here in this cute area of Rosenberg and I couldnt be more happy! I have the same companion which I am also super happy about. there is so much work to do here and I'm READY.

this week was aaaaaamazing. seriously it was so good. everyday we saw miracles! I will go day by day because it was just that great.

so on Monday after p-day, we went and saw Kayla! It was so good to see her and her family again. They told us about El Salvador and how it was and what they bought. We talked to Kayla forever and she is going SO good. We think El Salvador really helped her see a different perspective of life, the poverty is crazy over there and it really hit her. But she bore her testimony sooooo strongly about service and how we have to be there for people who really need our testimonies. She has grown so much and we are so excited for her! the next step for her is the temple and we are determined to get her whole family there! 

on Tuesday we had one of the funniest experiences of my mission with Hna. Regalado. long story short, we were on the front porch of Jose's house to go in and teach him and she peed her pants and sat through a lesson with a huge dark spot on her pants. oh grandmas. the lesson went super well though. Hna. Regalado has such a strong testimony and really helped Jose understand why he needs to pray to know if this is all true. 

Wednesday, we had interviews with President and he changed my life, like always. He said something that I will never forget and that I have been thinking a lot about lately. He said, "I want you to work so hard these last 13 weeks of your mission that I have to carry you on the plane to go home because you will be so tired" I’m determined to do so!!!! that night we went caroling with some Young Women in another ward in our stake. we are doing three nights of caroling with our stake and so we pumped them up for missions when people rejected us when we knocked on the door to sing. I love the youth!

On Thursday we had an amazing lesson with Kayla's mom, Hna. Ortiz. It was one of the most powerful lessons I have ever had on my mission. we went over there with Hna. Vanegas (family friend of theirs who is such a strong member). We went over to talk to Kayla AND her mom but Kayla had a super bad headache so we only ended up talking to Hna. Ortiz which was a miracle in disguise. Everything was so put together by Heavenly Father that night. We were outside for a while waiting for Hna. Vanegas to get there. We just decided to go in, so we prayed in the car and specifically prayed for Hna. Vanegas to get there safely. We lifted our heads and she pulls into the driveway. We go and knock on the door and no one answers the door. We call Kayla, no one answers. We call Hna. Ortiz, no one answers. We started to apologize to Hna. Vanegas for coming all the way here and then Hna. Ortiz drives up on her driveway and we go in and talk. During the lesson, Hna. Ortiz was crying during the whole lesson and Hna. Vanegas shared such a strong and bold testimony about the Sacrament and how we need to go every single week to renew our baptism covenants. Why wouldnt we want to get baptized every sunday?! It was amazing and it really hit Hna. Ortiz. Heavenly Father's plan is amazing.

On Friday, we had dinner at Chili's with one of our members we dont get to see very often. We ate and then we asked her if she had given out the #lighttheworld pass-along cards we gave her. She said no so we decided to do a role play with her right there. So we practiced her going up to someone and giving them a card. We practiced, prayed and we were getting out of the booth when we saw her go up to a guy sitting alone at a table and give him a card. She was just glowing. It was the perfect moment. As missionaries we dont teach members to do missionary work, we teach them HOW. 

Saturday we went caroling with the other sisters in a neighborhood and gave out pass-along cards. So many people said they were so grateful for us because no one carols anymore! There was even a lady who took a video of us caroling and said she would put it on Facebook with our church! wooo! earlier that day, we helped Hna. Regalado make cookies and it was of course a blast. we love our little grandma. 

Sunday was a MIRACLE DAY! Jose went to church!!!! He came all dressed up and everything! We were a little nervous because it was stake conference so it wasnt just a regular sunday and all of the branch was in a little room watching a broadcast with translation. It was just a little messy and not normal. We were just a little scared what he would think. But when the first speaker started talking about her conversion story, we knew he was supposed to be there. She literally has the same story that Jose has right now. She said she was really sick, had depression and had to get a lot of surgeries and was in a dark place when the missionaries knocked on her door and changed her life. I started crying in that moment because I knew that talk was just for him. All of the members loved Jose and have plans to see him this week. It was so good. That night we went to a tri-stake Christmas concert and we saw the lady who gave the talk and told her what an impact she had with our investigator. She almost started crying and she is the coolest lady so we took a picture with her!

This week was an amazing week and we are so grateful that people's hearts are softening. We are so grateful for this time of year and how happy it is. People are progressing so well in our area and it makes everything worth it! I'm so happy I get to finish my mission here in this area! I couldnt love it more!

thank you so much for the christmas cards! they make my day!

Hermana Garner

caroling with other sisters!
cookies with grandma (Hermana Regalado!
helping with christmas trees! we rock at it now!
this is the lady that changed our lives and hopefully Jose’s life too! (this is the lady who spoke in the church meeting that Jose attended) she has adopted 8 kids and is the most amazing and enthusiastic woman! someone walked up to us and said "how do you know her?" we said "she changed our investigator's life today!" and he said "yeah, she changes everyones life!"

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