This week was magnifica como siempre! I was only in my area for like 2/7 days, but luckily my lil baby is a professional and has basically taken over the area, so proud of her.
First i had an exchange with hermana gunner again and we were down in Enumclaw round 2. I sure love that place, but its a whole lot colder than Renton is, but we did see some miracles aka finding hispanics out the wazoo in places you never would've thought. Hermana Gunner is such an example of faith and diligence to me. we go home together so we're both ready to sprint to the end. It was really great. Then I came back to Renton and we had a great lesson with los Rodriguez again. They loved church so much!! They have had some pretty nasty experiences in the past with different churches but talked about how they just felt good at church with everyone. YES LOVE IT. Our branch president came with us, he is a super start. he's been helping us so much with the work and he's very involved and wanting to meet everyone we talk to, so he's a huge blessing. They came to church again this week and are making huge strides, reading the book of mormon even when it doesn't make sense to them. That's my favorite part of the scriptures, God doesnt wait to bless us until we understand the doctrine in the scriptures, he blesses us for our efforts, no matter our education level or understanding. THANKS GOD LOVE YOU.
This week we also saw huuuuuge strides for Lastenia and Hugo. Hugo is seriously turning a page! He read the family proclamation and was sharing his testimony on how we need to put family first and he came to a dinner at the branch president's house and was really opening up. I see him showing love in ways he never has before and I think he really wants to change. I was reviewing a little bit the notes from my setting apart blessing this week and it talked about how i would see miracles on my mission, miracles of peoples hearts being softened to the gospel and the biggest miracle of that i could think of was Hugo. The gospel of Jesus Christ really changes peoples hearts and Jesus Christ changes them for good. I love love love that I can just sit back and watch it all happen.
Exchange 2 was with Hermana Short!! Gah I love her so much. She is training and white washing and opening an area (she's a champ). Here's the greatest part. so back when i was her trainer (backstory, we're supposed to speak spanish outside the house at all times, and that was hard because she was learning spanish) i would have her listen to these songs by kari jobe (donde te encuentro is the album, 10/10 would suggest looking it up) and have her translate it and she got super frustrated because she couldnt do it but we're driving to an apointment and she says "hermana, quiero mostrarle algo" (hermana i want to show you something) and she turns on the song and starts translating it PERFECTLY. I legitimately cried. I was so proud in that moment at how much she's grown and the missionary God has helped her become. PROUD MOM MOMENT I LOVED IT. She's doing amazing.
Last miracle, we started teaching a girl her name is Vanessa and shes 15 and probably the greatest human being on the planet. She is so prepared for the gospel too. We met her taking out her trash and she was wearing a super cute jean jacket so i told her i liked it and then we started talking and she loves the book of mormon and came to church for the first time and loved young womens and esmy was actually her friend at church esmy is equipo hermanas and the best missionary ever. It was amazing when we taught her about the restoration and afterwards this is what she says "I just want to share one last comment. When you guys come, i dont know what it is, but i just feel really good and i feel happier and more positive and i feel that way for a while and then when you leave it stays but by the next day im always back to feeling bad again. i dont know what it is, but im just really grateful for the times you just stop by even because it makes me feel so much better". It is incredible to me how these people learn to recognize the spirit in their lives and how God is helping prepare her to have the spirit and be HAPPY all the time. That's what the gospel is, it is happiness and joy. I love sharing it with the world, or at least my lil world of Renton.
PS CONGRATULATIONS TO ALICIA I WONT SPILL THE NEWS BUT I CAN'T WAIT TO BE AN AUNTIE AGAIN :))))) ALSO THANKS FOR THE PACKAGE MOM AND FOR NOT STOPPING MY BY HOUSE BUT I HOPE YOU LOVED RENTON AS MUCH AS I DO
1 h short and h reed back at it
2 mother daughter pics
3 FAMILY HISTORY IM A GMA :)
4-5 we went to jimmy hendrix's grave last week, did you know hes from renton? its a thing.
6 THE FIRST BIG RAIN STORM HNA WILSON WAS SO HAPPY
7 saludos de Enumclaw
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.