Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 53: Valentines day! And my year mark! And Elder Christofferson!

I didn't get to wish everyone happy Valentines day, so HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!! Or as they say in spanish, feliz dia de amor y amistad! This past week has been filled with so many miracles, I don't even know where to start. I also don't have a ton of time, so I will try to tell you about some of the miracles I have seen!

Sunday the 21st:
We taught the primary class! everyone in the class was either 10 or 11. One kid Emanuel blew my mind. He knows the gospel so well! And when he talks about it you can feel the spirit so strong and he has such conviction! What is even cooler about Emanuel is that he is disabled, but still knows who he his, a son of God. And he is only 10!! The kids of this generation are a special one. I am so grateful for their testimonies.

Saturday the 20th:
I MET AN APOSTLE!!!!!! Elder D. Todd Christofferson came to Tulsa, Oklahoma to talk to our mission and the Kansas mission. It was outstanding. At the beginning of the meeting we were able to all go up and shake his hand. It was so cool! It was odd though, because in that moment I realized that he wasn't some glorified being or anything. He was a man trying to follow the commandments of God just like me. Granted he has a lot more knowledge and experience than I do, but it just goes to tell that we have to learn through experience. Little by little. There were also 2 General Authorities there. Elder Robbins and Elder... uh oh.. his name starts with an S and I don't have my notes on me... He was awesome though! They all talked to us. I think the two main things that I learned from the meeting was #1 We are sent to our missions for a very specific purpose. We as missionaries will connect with people in ways that will change them. I think that goes for all of us no matter where we are in the world. "We are not contacting people, we are connecting with people" -Elder Robbins #2 I realized the importance of the Book of Mormon. It is the key to receiving personal revelation, answers. We must read out of the Book of Mormon and we must help others read from it too. There is no other substitute. "Please, please, please know and love the Book of Mormon." -Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Friday the 19th:
We were out and about when I had the thought, "go and knock some doors." I thought, Ugh I don't want to knock doors. Lets go try someone else we already know. Then the thought came again. "go knock some doors." kind of grudgingly I pulled over and we got out of the car and started walking to some doors to knock. As we were walking a lady named Ruth walked around the corner. So now we are going to flash back 9 months. I am in the North, my first area at a less actives house with this lady walks in and we start talking to her. She is super interested in learning about the Book of Mormon so we give one to her with a quick little lesson on the Restoration of the Church. We saw her a couple of other times before she disappeared. We had no idea where she went. Now fast forward again to this Friday. This same lady, Ruth just walked around the corner!!!!! I freaked out and got super excited and Ruth recognized me and got super happy :) we had a sweet little reunion after 9 months of no contact and then she told me how she has been going through a really hard time and was just thinking the other day that she should look for the missionaries number. She looked for it and couldn't find it. If I hadn't listened to that prompting to go and knock doors, We would never have found Ruth again. I promise you that miracles still happen. The Lord is watching out for us. He loves us and knows the details of each of our lives.

Thursday the 18th:
I hit my year mark..... One year as a missionary!!!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!! it has been the most rewarding year of my life. I am so grateful for the time that I have had and that I still have some time left! I am so determined to push forward and keep going. We had interviews with President Walkenhorst. Mine was really good, as they always are. One thing that he told me that really stuck out to me was, "The Lord can't drive a car until we turn on the motor and push on the gas." Pretty much he was saying that we have to act first before the Lord can show us where to go. I know that is true. We have to start somewhere. Even if it is square 1. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Wednesday the 17th:
A lot of running around and service we did a total of 5 and a half hours of service!

Tuesday the 16th:
We found out that Idalgo hasn't moved yet! We stopped by to see if he was home, and he was! We were able to have a wonderful and powerful lesson with him. He is still super excitefd. I don't know if I mentioned this, but Idalgo doesn't know how to read. So we brought him the Book of Mormon on CD. We listened to a little bit of it with him and he ate it up! He loved it so much! The spirit was so strong while we were listening!

So yup that is a quick summary of some of the many miracles that are happening in Oklahoma city. I want to make sure you all know that I love you a lot! you are such great examples to me and Mckay! I can't wait to hear where you are going on your misison!!!!! AHHH!!!!!!!

I love you!
Hermana Hilton

Our primary class this sunday :) 

 This is little Emanuel! I love this kid so much!!! shout out to all the 10 year olds! 

This is Rosa and Miguel. Both are recent converts and super nice! We eat at their house every Thursday 

This is the DeLeon family. They were baptized about a month ago and are all doing super well :) We were having an FHE with them

Chilling with my friends after the meeting with Elder Christofferson. 

Road trip to Tulsa to see Elder Christofferson!!! 

Pictures from the zoo last monday :) It was a lot of fun!  Allen is the one in the pink sweatshirt without the hat

Some missionaries were crazy and snagged a selfie with Elder Christofferson. 

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