BUENOS TARDES HERMANOS Y HERMANAS. Another great week in the PNW from your local hermana.
Update on Elva and Guillermo. They are officially back in Honduras, but not before we could have one last lesson with them. After the devotional last week, their hearts were definitely softened, which was a miracle because I was translating this video about the scientific method and atoms and creation and all this crazy science stuff and just praying they understood, but the Spirit was in the meeting and they had a change of heart, so on Tuesday we went back and knew it would be the last time we could see them before they went home and all we wanted was to feel the spirit so strong so that they would be motivated to find the church again in Honduras. So we watched the restoration movie, and it was incredibly to see how the truth just clicked in their mind as they watched. Afterwards Elva turns to us and with tears rolling down her face she says "we've been confused. but this is the reality". She just kept repeating it "Esta es la realidad. esta es la realidad". The spirit was practically tangible and we helped them find the nearest capilla in Honduras, its about 4 miles away, but we're sending the missionaries there and theyre going to go. Honduranian addresses are a little rough, part of the address includes "behind the futbol field" but I know missionaries are going to find them again. It has been a tender mercy to be able to work with them and see how the spirit can seriously change things 180 degrees.
As for the title, this is a quote from a nice man named Henry. Backstory, every first Saturday of the transfer we have whats called festival of finding and we go out finding alllll day. I'm always praying and looking and thinking about new ways to find people to teach, and the idea kept coming to me to go bus contacting. we practically never use the bus here because 1 we have cars and 2 people are crazy and fights break out, but i keep reading stories of other missionaries who do it and i kept thinking that we gotta try it. So the day before finding day we were fasting because our area really needs some miracles and I was fasting to be bold enough to teach people on the bus and be confident and help people change their lives and come unto Christ. So Friday we were walking to an appointment and we meet henry. henry is like 80 and is an ex history teacher and loooooves to talk. We tried to teach him the restoration, and he was pretty anti, but somehow i committed him to read the book of mormon. #exito and then we have to kinda cut him off because we had an appointment and he was like okay okay so i shake his hand and Henry grabs my hand and pulls me in close and stares me in the eye and says "you are a very bold woman" in like a half whisper hahahahahahahaahhaahah So i just said "thanks henry" and try not to pee myself laughing. but it was lowkey an answer to prayer because if Henry thinks im bold i can be bold on a bus. SO we went bus contacting and it was AMAZING. First we got on the bus and there was nobody else but us and this other companionship of sisters. But dont you fret, that baby filled up fast and we spread out and taught the restoration probably liek 15 times in two hours on the bus. Tender mercy was the first two families that sat next to me were hispanic and we taught restoration and got return appointments. Theyre suuuuper prepared. Long story short, we got lost in south seattle for a while but figured out the bus system and were walking around downtown renton for a while, but a member saw us walking and drove us to womens conference that afternoon. MILAGROS. It was a great experience, and we were straight exhausted, but it felt good to know those people we met were prepared by the Lord to ride the bus that day and He guided us there.
Last peice of boldness: we had a dinner appointment with a member and she had cut up some peppers and tomatoes as like an appetizer and i see this orange pepper and thought it was a bell pepper... so i pop it in my mouth and eat it, turns out this is a "chile manzana" also known as a jabenero pepper also known as only less hot than like a ghost pepper. It was the first time in my life it literally hurt me to eat something. Ive eaten some spicy things that are like hot, but this pepper caused literal pain in my mouth and i had to be drinking water or it would hurt hahahah this pepper has freaking black seeds!! but i have lived to tell the tale. I feel like a very bold woman.
I know this church is true! I know Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and jesus christ and because he did we have the restored church, with all the teachings and authority and doctrine of Christ's original church, and that has changed everything. I know that God is preparing people in our paths to recieve the gospel. I know Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God, and will be speaking to us here in 6 days! Everyone watch conference and be prepared to recieve divine guidance from the all knowing and loving Heavenly Father that we have.
Hermana Reed IV
Ps this is what my mission president said when i told him about the quinoa miracle
That is a wonderful story. I am going to call it the miracle of the quinoa. I am sure that Hermano y Hermana Aguilar will be blessed for your diligence, and for your unplanned fast.
(Quinoa Miracle Story found HERE: http://hermanareed.weebly.com/home/come-ye-children-of-the-lord)
Pss. One more story. to follow up on the quinoa miracle This week we were able to go back with our new branch president and his wife and they clicked so well. I have been reading in the New Testament and I read in Genesis 24 about the servant of Abraham and it taught me a lesson on finding. Basically, he prays for the specific event of finding the wife for Issaac and when the event happens, he thanks the Lord for the miracle. But then when he goes back to 'teach' he shares the miracle of how God answered his prayer and led him to Rebekah and it caused the parents of Rebekah to soften their hearts and let him take their daughter. So it taught me that as we tell the people the miracle it was to find them, it will soften their hearts. I testified of the miracle it was to find karen and how I was sick but God had known her need and placed us in her path and she was touched so powerfully and the spirit was so strong. She then told us this story, she said that ever since her grandmother died that shes been super scared shes going to like find her body in her house so she was scared to like go in the bathroom because her body would be there or look in the mirror and everytime her husband (novio) would come out of the bathroom she got so scared and cried. But then the night we met her she had gone out walking to just clear her head and she was talking with her mom in honduras and was saying like "i just need peace" and then shows up the hermanas!! she said i felt peace and then you talked to me. i know God sent you here. I was just thanking God so much that 1 he made me sick because if i hadnt have been sick we wouldnt have been there at that time and 2 that He knows His children so well and is allowing us to be a tool to bless their lives. They weren't able to come to church this week because they had prior engagements, but she wants to know the truth and understands that baptism is an important step but is willing to do whatever it takes to know what the truth it. It has been a serious tender mercy.
1 love for hermana jeronimo that makes us breakfast
2 post bus adventure we <3 Renton
3 Nefi made me an oragami yoda
4 adios a mi amada familia
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.