OKAY FOLKS BUT THIS WEEK.
I know that probably every week I say this but it was such a great week for us, full of ups and downs and trials and miracles and I am so grateful to be a missionary, I dont think I can ever say that enough. Lastenia is doing really good, finally reading the book of mormon so thats some miracles. I recognize that every week i basically talk about different people, sorry if this doesnt make much sense but here are the weeks highlights!
Early this week I had an exchange with Hermana Gunner. She is the other hermana that came out at the same time with me and I seriously love going out with her and teaching the gospel because it is so natural! It is so natural to teach with her and to find with her and we taught the message of the restoration seriously so many times that when I got home I was exhausted but it is the greatest kind of exhausted to hit your head on the pillow and know you helped people grow closer to Christ that day. While we were together, we went to contact an old referral we had that we had never been able to contact. We walk up and see that on his door is our card! The card with the picture of Jesus Christ on it. I almost passed out. He was home and didn't have much time but we are going back this week. As some of you know but maybe others dont, missionarys put a picture of Christ on their door, I dont exactly know why but I know its like a rule?? so it was rad to see this man with his jesus pic on the door as well. That much closer to conversion to Christ's gospel:)
Other miracles. This week we had our dia de independencia activity in the branch. Most of the latin countries celebrate their independence day sometime in september, for mexico it is the 15th and for some other countries as well so we had a big activity on the 15th and all week we've been inviting every hispanic we see because who doesnt like dancing, food from all over the world, and a church full of happy latinos? I was seriously in heaven. They had a wall full with sections for every pais and people brought food and lil munecas and articles from their paises and everyone was just so happy to show some of their culture! and seriously THE WHOLE WORLD SHOWED UP. Let me emphasize. At sacrament meeting on Sundays we have like 40 people thats usually a good showing. At dia de independencia, we had literally like 200 people there. it was INCREDIBLE. about halfway through the activity, this woman calls us that we've been working with her name is Elva and her husband Guillermo. They are from Honduras and we thought they were investigators, but we recently found out they were baptized in Honduras like 40 years ago and haven't been back to church yet because of some bad thing the bishop there did and they got quite offended but theyre here visiting their daughter and we've been trying to show them the light of the gospel again. So halfway through they call us and say that theyre walking to the church but their lost! So we leave and go try and find them and it takes us like 15 min but we find them in the middle of this random neighborhood at like 8 oclock at night and we realize that we can't even drive them back in our car because its the mission's car so we call our branch mission leader and he comes and picks them up but we keep walking while we're waiting and I decided to get out and walk with them so they didn't feel so lonely and my comp drove the car along side us. Ultimately, we got to the activity and it was the first time they stepped foot in a church building in that 40 years and they said it felt incredible to be there again.
as we reflected on that experience, we realized that that cultivates everything that is missionary work. Dia de independencia is like the celestial kingdom (accurate anoalogy) and we are the ones that have to go and look and find those people who are lost and wandering and trying to find their way, but ultimately we can't do it alone. We need the memers. We need the scriptures. and we need Jesus Christ. That's the only way they'll be able to get there. Hermana Wilson said as she watched us walking and she was driving, the song came on "come ye children of the Lord." the lyrics continue saying "oh what joy it then will be to our savior lord and king" man. It was one of the greatest moments. Then on Sunday night, they came to our mission devotional as well, and Elva was crying as recent converts testified of the Book of Mormon. Theyre going back to Honduras this next week, but I know theyre going to find the church again there and theyre going to change their lives again.
Last miracle, so we've been in a bit of a famine this week because not a lot of members have been able to feed us and we've literally eaten all the food in our apartment and we didn't have pday til today so yesterday i was eatin all the oldies food in my fridge... not the best choice and around 4 oclock i was feelin it so we came home and long story short i threw it all up. sorry this letter just got gross. but just wait. So after I threw up i felt a ton better so i said okay hermana lets go and i put my shoes on and we went to work because we had appointments right i wasn't just going to stay in!! so we went out and we were going to see a lady we had an apointment with at 6 that we werent there for... its about 745 at this point and we see a lady walking and I decided to talk to her and in talking she says to us, I think my husband goes to your church. and we were like whos your husband? It was hermano aguila, who is a super less active man we have never been able to see. We asked if he was home and she said yeah come on over so we found this man who hasnt gone to church in years and we meet his wife, karen. Karen's grandfather had passed away 2 days earlier and she was very distraught about it. it was probably one of the most powerful lessons i've been in on my mission as we taught the plan of salvation. The plan our Heavenly Father has for us to be with our families forever, and for us to have happiness here and in the eternities. Hermano aguila felt it too, and Karen wants to come to church. Sometimes, life throughs hard stuff at us, like 3 week old quinoa, but i know as we push through that God has miracles waiting for us!!! I love this gospel and I love my Savior jesus Christ. He is the light. turn to Him!
PS HERMANA SHORT IS TRAINING IM GOING TO BE A GMA
1-2 dia de independencia
3 WA weather has returned and the tights and boots are back
4 THE BLESSED DOOR
5 Elva and Guillermo :)
6 adios al districto
7 mis arboles
8 h gunner and h reed back at it
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.