Another week another miracle. Missionary work is so... incredible.
This week I had an exchange with hermana facer and i went back to my beloved Federal Way and Heavenly Father played his "tender mercy" card because the hermanas had dinner with a member... her name is PETRA ARROYO. I could've cried! So by divine intervention I was able to see Petra and talk with her and CRY because I love her so much and she's doing so so good. Her daughter, Gloria, recently started taking the lessons from the elders which is a huge miracle because when I was there she was nice to us and started opening up but never wanted to learn and now her heart is being softened and she's learning from the missionaries and I was like so shocked and I talked to her and she is just amazing. man i love that family with all my whole heart it was amazing to see them and Petra is the greatest member missionary ever! she was sharing her testimony all through dinner and just wow really giving me hope about how people can turn their lives completely around as they come to follow Jesus Christ. She's doing so good peeps!! It was interesting being in Federal Way again, lots of memories and feels, but that place definitely has a part of my heart.
This week was good here in Renton as well. On Thursday, we heard some news that definitely broke our hearts though. Mabel, the woman we were teaching from honduras who was super pregnant and moved to Tacoma, had her baby, but she had it as a stillborn. ): gah it broke my heart to hear about it because she was just so excited for her baby she didn't care how it came even when they told her she might have down syndrome she was just ready to have and raise her baby and it was so out of the blue. Tender mercy of the Lord part 2, the hospital she was at was in our area. So we went to visit her in the hospital and we got there just in time to help translate what the doctor was saying to her about how to make sure she keeps healing, phsyically and emotionally, and it was so so hard. We really didn't know what to say, but we read from the Book of Mormon with her and sang hymns and she finished by saying "los angeles de mi iglesia. gracias." The spirit was so so so strong. I am grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation that gives us peace in times of heart break, because she will see her baby again. The biggest miracle, was when her husband (semi less active) said that he wants to be more faithful in the church. he sees the people reaching out to help and he wants to be in that position someday, helping people and serving Christ. Sometimes its the broken hearts that lead us to have a contrite spirit. Mabel and Edwin are getting married this next week so that she can get baptized. :)
As for our other investigators, vanessa is doing amazing. we taught her word of wisdom and she just goes off on how people drinking when their young is embarrassing anyways and she doesnt even like coffee and she is so excited for her baptism MIRACLES. then we had more amazing lessons with hermanos rodriguez tambien. They are seriously so humble and just want to follow Christ its amazing. we had a power house lesson where we went in depth more on the apostasy and prophets and everything and it was so incredible to see things click in his mind as he learned about what Christ really did when he was here on the earth. their lesson was right after zone conference where we talked all about the restoration and joseph smith and i was so pumped about how much i love joseph smith and the spirit was so thick as we just testifed that joseph smith really did help restore the church of jesus christ onto the earth again. They are amazing and came to stake conference and are progressing so much! Then for Lastenia, she made a big step this week and is cutting things off with her boyfriend, what the plot twist I know. she moved into the room with esmy so isnt sleeping with him and started paying rent and is just another person renting the room in the house now. She definitely knows the church is true and wants to make strides and this was a solid half step for her! YAY MIRACLES.
FUNNY STORY OF THE WEEK. So its been raining soooo much this week, its like the heavens opened after a summer of no rain and it just poured and we had a lesson with Esmy and Lastenia and I tried to make a joke about having to swim to church the next day, thought i was pretty funny, but i guess it didnt translate well because they were like oh hermanas we dont think we'll be able to come then it'll be too cold.. and saying things like i dont really like swimmin in the winter... soooo to clarify we dont actually need swim suits for church. hahahahaha lucky that too or else nobody would come it looks like. spanish fails by hermana reed, 15 months still learning hahaha
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It has helped me grow closer to my Savior and has helped me find my way through a world of storms and I know and testify with the prophets of old that a man will grow closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God! I'm so grateful for him and the sacrifices he made. Go read Doctrine and Covenants 135! It'll make ya cry. love you all so much!
1 equipo hermanas con petra y gloria
2 i wish you could see how much its raining in this pic but this is us running home with our pasole in the river that is Renton WA
3 everyone needs the gospel
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.