Last week I bought a basil plant at trader joes and I’ve really been liking that. I kept wanting to like buy some seeds and plant a flower or something but this was much easier cause it’s already grown and it’s so useful.
So, that one man we talked to in a parking lot came to church twice and we finally taught him this week. Oh he is the coolest. Hermana porter says everyone is cool, but really he is the best. We brought some members with us and they had some nice small talk about sinkholes in Mexico and I got a little lost during that part of the conversation but after that we talked about the Book of Mormon and if he had any questions and he said he has been wondering what his purpose in life was, so we explained some of the plan of salvation and we are going to teach him again this week. The coolest things he says was like so before we had talked to him in the parking lot he was talking to his friend and they were stressed about stuff at work, but we came up and talked to them, invited them to church and walked away and he said that after that the problem like was fine. Like just talking to us helped him feel more at peace. And then in the lesson he was like you guys are just so calm and have such a good feeling. The member explained it was the spirit. But it was neat that he could feel it and it was just a great time.
Then we are teaching one of the member’s sisters whose husband died like 6 months ago, she comes to church every week and we have taught her almost everything but she still wants to wait to get baptized. This week we taught her the word of wisdom though. I really like the word of wisdom. Like it’s such a blessing to know what god knows is good for our bodies and spirits and what is bad. Having a living prophet is nice.
On Wednesday we went to just teach J a really short lesson, which we did, but then her dad came home so we stayed like waaay longer cause we are trying to help him understand what it is that we actually believe. J wants to be baptized, and I think her dad knows this church is good for his family, he just doesn’t know what to do cause he has a family member who is a pastor. but wow during the lesson she bore a real strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and she is really awesome at defending what she believes in a nice way.
Also we are teaching another lady I actually don’t even know her last name so. But her son died of cancer recently and that has been tough for her. She loves telling us stories about the virgin Guadalupe. But really she comes to church every week super glammed up and in relief society she shares personal experiences and includes a ton of indirect shout-outs to us. Hahahaa it’s awesome. She loves us. But anyways she also wants to get baptized but said she wants a lil more time. She told us about a cool dream she had, she said she was gunna stop like “studying” with us but then she had a dream. i forget what happened in it but it was good and she realized that she wanted us to keep teaching her about the church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth!
L is going to Mexico for a month and will get baptized when she comes back. We showed her where all the chapels are by her house in Mexico and I think we will tell the missionaries there to visit her. How cool is it that the church is the same in the whole world.
M and E are coming to church and E signed up for girls camp. They are doing fabulous and she invited us to her talent show where she will be performing stupid Cupid. She showed us a preview and the whole time her little sister was saying “She is saying a bad word, Stupid is a bad word”.
On Saturday we were leaving a lesson and someone that we had knocked into a different day was checking their mail so I was like hey what’s up? And he asked if there was anyone that went to Gresham High at our church so I named some of the youth and he totally knew them and he was excited that they went to our church! And he said he even like had been to our church one time for some activity or something. But he is Egyptian and believes that god, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are literally one being. And that’s why nothing really happened when we knocked their door, cause his mom got really defensive about god and Jesus being the same person. But anyway, we explained Joseph smith’s vision and that he saw two personages and we talked about the apostasy and we had a Book of Mormon in Arabic so we gave that to him. He was a really brilliant kid and said he will read the chapter we marked and ask his Mormon friends at school if he has questions.
I really just love how whenever we talk to people we always have answers because the spirit is helping us. The church is so true and I love being a missionary. The Book of Mormon is awesome and full of so much insight about Jesus Christ and how to be happy right now and forever. I love being here with Hermana porter. Thanks for everything. I love you all a lot.
Alrighty we are gunna go!! I love you!!!! Adios