Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 22: I can ride my bike with no handle bars!

We had family night with our Branch President's family. It was a ton of fun. They have a little 8-year-old boy, Ale, who is autistic, and he is the cutest thing ever. The whole time Presidente Amado was cracking jokes. His son started talking about how no one could ever steal money out of an ATM and Pres quickly shot that down and then proceeded to show us all YouTube videos about ATM theft. It was hilarious. But after we ate we had a wonderful lesson on the plan of salvation. It was awesome. I love president and his family. The Amado's are the bomb!

Ahh! There were so many miracles, I don't even know where to start! I don't know if you guys remember Amparo. She is the investigator who invited us over to her husbands birthday party and we had a blast with her whole family. Anyways, we haven't seen her for a really long time because the last time that we talked with her she told us that she has been in another religion for her whole life and isn't ever going to change. At that point there wasn't really much that we could do. So we didn't go back until this Tuesday. We got there and started talking and she opened up to us a ton and told us that she doesn't know anymore if her church is true. This is HUGE!! What a miracle! We were able to teach her about Joseph Smith again and testify that she can have an answer of what church is true. The spirit was so strong and I couldn't believe my ears when she told me that. Ahh! so cool!
Then that night we had our monthly branch family night. About 5 minutes before it started we got a call from our investigator, Loami and she told us she was on her way, but was lost. My heart literally jumped out of my chest and Hermana Snowden and I just sat there and had a silent-screaming-because-we-are-on-the-phone freak out session. So Loami came to branch family night with her three kids and they all loved it! It was so amazing.

This is quite a funny story. Hna Snowden and I were waiting outside in our car for the elders before a dinner appointment when this random sales guy comes up to our car. He was super excited and we couldn't figure out why... But quickly we found out that he was an RM working door to door sales for a company called ECO. haha! It was super funny. We talked to him for a while and he gave us a referral! Later that day we had to take our car in to the shop to get an oil change. When we came back the Firestone guy told us that someone came by and left a note on our car..... It was another referral from the ECO guys!!! haha We have met a total of three of them and they are giving us referrals like crazy. It is really funny.

We had to take our car back into the shop to get new tires.... So back to Firestone! We dropped off our car and then decided to go do our weekly planning at Brahms with our homeboy Timothy! (Timothy is a guy who works at Brahms that we see every time we go in there. He knows us as the missionaries and someday he is going to get baptized!!) So we spent about three hours planning for the next week in Brahms while our car was getting new tires. We had dinner with a member family that night. The Riesco's. Hna Riesco told us, "working in the cartel is a really good investment, just don't do drugs!" hahaha It was hilarious! We then went on and talked about 5 year retirement plans. It was so funny! I haven't laughed that much for a long time.

Ahh!! Let me just start by saying that I love missionary work! It is so amazing! We visited Flor this night, and it was sooooooooooo amazing!!! We went to her appartment and just dove straight into the Doctrine of Christ. We talked all about what Christ did for us. And how we need to have faith, we need to repent, be baptized, recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost and keep on going. It was so amazing. When we were talking about faith, Flor started telling us all about how she had read in Alma about faith and how much she loved it and what she learned. There is nothing better as a missionary than seeing other poeple get excited about the Gospel. At the end of the lesson we set a baptismal date with her for the 22nd of August. She is super excited and told us that she is going to do everything possible that she can to be ready for her baptism.

We had lunch with one of my favorite families, the Alondso's! We had arrepas and they were bomb! Venezuelan food is the best. Hna Alondso's food is the best thing ever. When we got home we hopped on our bikes and biked the rest of the day. woohoo..... it was 100 and stinking 5 degrees outside and there we were, riding our bikes! It was miserably hot! We biked from about 4 till 9 at night. Between Hna Snowden and I we had the Great Salt Lake on our backs! It was gross!      ....and I'm pretty sure by butt is bruised from riding bikes.... and then Hna Snowden locked me in my closet.... and I couldn't get out.... and it was really scary........ hahahaha! But we are the best of friends and I love her so much! I just now have leverage to get her back hee hee hee!

We had church and it was wonderful. Nothing too crazy happened. I played the piano in sacrament and a super cool less active came to church. But after church we decided to bike again since we don't have too many miles left for the month. We went to Lydia and Genoveva's apartments. Genoveva was swimming and out of no where Lydia runs up and shows us her left hand! She ran off and got married!!!! What!?!?!!? I was in shock for the longest time and my brain couldn't comprehend that she is married! Her and her new husband bought a little house and are now living on there own. It will be super good for her. But yeah.. .Lydia is MARRIED! As we were leaving the apt complex this random guy stopped us and asked us if we were missionaries. Yeah we are! He told us that he was taking the lessons in Honduras and then moved here 2 years ago and hadn't been able to find them until now! How cool is that! His name is Carlos Roberto! I am super excited to go teach him!

Miracles are real everyone! The Lord helps us and guides us through every single day. I love seeing his hand in everything that we do and there is no where else I would rather be right now! Oklahoma is the best place ever!!!!!!!

I love you all so much and hope that you have the best week ever!
Hermana Hilton

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