What. a. week.
You will never believe the miracles and heartbreaks we saw this week. It was a crazy rollercoaster and here's why. So on Tuesday we found out that Hugo, Lastenia's boyfriend, MOVED OUT. HE MOVED OUT- YES YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. He moved out of his own house because him and Lastenia broke things off and he didn't want to be there making a connection with the girls, Fabiola and Esmy, when he knew he wasnt going to be in their life forever. MIRACLES. We didn't believe it at first, because this opens so many doors for both of them, but WOW! so we went over there, we were actually on exchanges so it was me and hermana ohlsen(hermana short's baby- so great), and we talked to her about what this means and we read in mosiah 18 about the covenant of baptism and she basically said she felt like she was already doing all those things, so then we read verse 10 and we asked her "what is holding you back from being baptized?" and she said "well now, nothing". WHHHAAAAT! It was crazy!The spirit was seriously so strong. Anyone could've felt that this was what the Lord wanted her to do. so we invited her to be baptized that weekend and she said she was really nervous and she wasn't sure she was ready so we invited her to pray about it and pray specifically about that weekend. So when we came back the next day, it was kinda on everyones minds and our branch president was there and then the whole member family of who she lives with was there, which looking back maybe wasnt the best because i think she felt too pressured and she got really nervous and didn't want to answer, so we came back the next day and it was just us and her and she told us "hermanas i just dont want to be baptized right now i dont feel like its coming from within me its not a huge desire i have. i know it will come some day, she said, but right now i'm okay where im at with these lessons and church and everything." It was probably the saddest moment I've had on my mission because literally the Lord parted the red sea for her he made it so everything was possible and she is just too content without progression. It was heartbreaking, and the spirit told both of us,me and hermana wilson, in that moment too that there was nothing more we can do with her, she's not wanting to progress right now. So shes still going to come to church and do everything and pray but we just can't be physically teaching her like we were before. It was pretty heart breaking, but I know that the Lord has other people prepared right now to accept the gospel here, so we'll go find them. I love her so much, and Esmy just wanted her sister to have the blessings she's seen since her baptism too, but we can't force anyone to make decisions they dont want to make. She told us that she knows that one day she will wake up with the desire to be baptized, so until that day...
So after that long agenda all week we realized we needed new investigators, people wanting to learn more about our message. So on Saturday we had our own Renton Hispana festival of finding and went out finding all day and we were full of faith and set goals and prayed and made plans and I swear God led us by the spirit to so many people extremely happy with their own religions. It was really incredible how many people that we met that just bore their testimonies of how happy they are in their own church and how much they love it there and how much they will never want to change and tried preaching to us and by the end of the night we get home and just lay on the ground together saying "what even was today..". We were praying all day to be led to people who were looking for the gospel and looking for Christ and this message and nothing really at all. BUT the Lord is teaching me so many things so I'm grateful for that day because I learned that there are at least people in the world who love Christ and serve him all around us and that as I practice patience and keep working hard the Lord is going to help us find the people ready to hear what we have to share.
Last miracle of the week, so on Sunday night I found out I'm getting TRANSFERRED. RIP my joy. Just kidding i'll be happy whereever I go serving the Lord :) but I was pretty sad to be leaving Renton, I love this place. The only other companionship that got transferred was the Enumclaw hermanas, so it was pretty clear I was going to Enumclaw. I love Enumclaw, i prefer to call it "city of Enoch-claw". ;) but i admittedly was kinda nervous because it is really hard to find hispanic people down there, but I know there are people prepared because theres a branch and theres missionaries and God has people there for us we just gotta find em. SO I was pondering it all night and during church on Sunday our branch president taught a lesson about D y C 82:10, in English its "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say ye have no promise." In spanish it says something like "yo el Senor estoy OBLIGADO cuando haceis lo que yo os digo". I love that word obligado. He's obliged. His hands are tied, he has to do it and he will do it. So i've been somewhat wrestling with the Lord in prayer for a few days telling Him Lord I know this area is going to be kinda harder and I know there's people you have ready for us so here's the thing I will do everything I will talk to everyone I will ask everyone for help and I will follow every spiritual impressions to go to whatever area you tell me but Lord you HAVE to lead me to the hispanics. You have to do it. So then on Monday we were going about the day before I left and we had left a lesson with a less active and I said to hermana wilson, "anyone else we need to see here?" and we couldnt think of anyone and this one lady popped into my head shes the cousin of jose rodrigues and I thought nah she wont be home she works but the word "obligado" came to my head so I said we gotta go hermana. So we went and knocked and knocked and nobody answered, as we walked away i literally say "solo estaba tratando de seguir al espiritu.." meaning "i was just trying to follow the spirit.." and the window swings open, ITS HER. She said "sorry I was sleeping I work nights" and I was like WHAT THE. OBLIGADO. OBLIGADO. I always though Enos was the only one who could make commitments with the Lord, but now I know that the Lord is going to help me wherever I am to find his prepared children. He is obligated to do so. I know this is His work, and I'll do it in rain or shine in Renton or Enumclaw or in Alaska of wherever I will follow where He leads. Jesus Christ is the great shepard, and I'm so grateful to be his servant.
Have a great week!
1 Los Bernal
2 Esmy mi bff
3 Esmy y Lastenia
5 hermana reed y hermana ohlsen grandmother y granddaughter date
6 FOUND BRAN MUFFINS ALMOST AS GOOD AS GRANDMAS
7 RIP renton with leaves bigger than my face
8 hna wilson crying after day of finding because God blessed us with a parking spot near the house
9 hna casteneda
10 ADIOS DOCTOR JEX I LOVE YOU
11 Noche de Hogar con los jeronimo y los rodrigues
12 District of greatness
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.