Monday: We had dinner with the Vargas family and the whole time hermana was telling us how much she wants to go to the temple. She is so motivated! it was so cool. And then the second huge miracle. we decided to go try this unknown member and see if she was home. Guys, I have knocked this door probably about 20 to 25 times and no one has ever answered. But this time she answered! and she let us in! She was super nice and really wants us to teach her the lessons again. She told us that it had been about 5 years since she had seen missionaries and that it meant a ton to her that we decided to stop by. We got her phone number and everything and now are working with her. It has been amazing.
Tuesday: Oh man. Such a good day. We got to go to the temple again with Reyna. After about 2 months of not going, it was so good to go back with her. We had a lot of fun and took a lot of pictures. We introduced the churches 12-step program to her. It is so good. I have been doing it with her and I have learned so much about myself and about my Heavenly Father. I can't tell you how much I pray that this program will help Reyna gain the spiritual and physical strength to go the temple. I told her that if she goes through, I will come back because I wouldn't miss that for the world! so I tell people that I am from Aguas Calientes Mexico right? so Reyna said, "Hey! There is a restaurant called AguasCalientes. Do you want to go?" I of course said yes, so now I can say that I've been to Aguascalientes!!! woop woop!
Wednesday: We had transfers!!! We got put in a trio with Hermana Hernandez (who is absolutely amazing!) and I got to see all my mission friends for the last time. I saw Hermana Medeiros and I just wanted to cry. I love her so much and miss her even more!!!! That was probably the last time I will get to see her until she comes home from her mission. We peaced out with Hermana Hernandez and did service for Adriana. We helped her clean up her kids room. I've never seen a messier room.... it was bad.... but we had fun cleaning it and even played a little baseball haha.
Thursday: Huge miracle status ready???? After a full day of working we had about 15 minutes left before we could go home. I had this weird gut feeling that we should go see if Rosa De La Cruz was home (we stopped visiting her about 2 months ago) So I just drove over there and we knocked the door. And she was home!!! she was so excited to see us and told us that she has been wanting to come to church, but that she lost our number and hasn't been able to get a hold of us. She asked if we could find her a ride to church and told us to call her at 8am to wake her up for church. It was sooooo good to see her and to know that she still wants to learn about the church. We will see what happens with her :)
Friday: I've been thinking a lot about desires this week. At district meeting on Friday we talked about OYMing and I was just super confused the whole time. where is the balance? I'll admit it, I don't OYM everyone I see. And I can improve on it. But I could spend alllllll day everyday oyming people and not get anywhere. Where is the balance? I talked to Elder Butterfeild about it and he helped a bit. He said it's about our desires. If you don't oym someone because you are too lazy, scared, or simply don't want to. You need to repent. If you don't oym someone because you are headed to an apt or have something better to be doing, then it's ok. It all comes back to desire just like you are saying. It's been interesting trying to figure out the balance. but hey it's a never ending battle right? So I'm trying to keep my desires and motives in check with Heavenly Fathers. So that's what I learned of Friday. We got to visit the gomez family, but the parents weren't there. We just talked to Irvin about the priesthood and he is super pumped to get it on Sunday! We are all so excited for him.
Saturday: We stopped by the Gomez's house again and yet again just Ashley and Irvin were home we focused on Ashley this time and had a really powerful lesson. In the middle of it I remember thinking. hey.. Hermana Hernandez is a convert and I think she was about Ashley's age when she got baptized.... and then I asked Hna Hernandez to share how she decided to get baptized. It was exactly what Ashley needed to hear!!!! You could see the desire to be baptize grow in Ashley's eyes. I wish you all could have seen it. In the past whenever we had asked Ashley if she wanted to get baptized she was hesitant, but this time, we asked her and she quickly said yes and we set a goal for August 6th. It is amazing to see the determination grow in her. We are all so excited for her!!!!
Sunday! On man, one of the most stressful Sunday's ever! the whole Gomez family came and stayed for all three hours. So all three of us divided and conquered to get each member of the family where they needed to be. The third hour of church Irvin got the priesthood and was ordained to the office of a priest. He is on fire! His whole family was there and they were all so happy. What i think is really cool is that now Irvin will be able to baptize his family on August 6th! That family is on fire and they are doing so well. I am praying so hard that they can all get baptized on the 6th so that I can be there to see it :) I love them so much. The rest of the day I spent sleeping.... I had a really really really bad migraine headache. So when I got back from church I went straight to my bed. I couldn't move because it hurt so bad. That was about 1:30 at 5:30 the mission presidents wife, Sister Mansell, came over and made me eat some saltine crackers and drink some water and Dr. Pepper. I tried super hard to keep it down since I was also super nauseous. She stayed at the house with me while my companions went to dinner. I just tried to go back to sleep. At about 7:30 I came out of the room and drank a little bit more. I was up for about an hour an then at 8:30 I laid back down. I was out until 5:30 this morning. so after 15 hours of sleeping yesterday I am feeling a lot better and ready to go and conquer this next week!
well fam bam and friends. that was this week. Each week has new adventures and new miralces. It is so fun to see. I love each of you so much and I love my Heavenly Father. I love this work and I know it is the work of the Lord! Let's keep fighting for right!!
Going to the temple with Reyna!! we are crazy
Some more fun pictures from the temple. Reyna thought the pictures with the tree as "crowns" were pretty cool. she was so proud of these pictures
HERMANA MEDEIROS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! IT WAS A MIRACLE AND A HALF TO GET TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is what we call a posterity picture! My two mission daughters and my new mission granddaughter! I'm such a proud mom
Yup That's President Mansell wearing a baseball cap at transfers. Haha he is pretty cool
before and after cleaning the room! it was pretty nasty
playing a little game of room baseball haha
Hide away pizza with our homie Reymundo!! he came back to visit for the week and we got to say hi.
WE oymed this guy rocking this ride and snagged a picture. Sadly he didn't want to learn about Jesus :(
Biking with the new crew!!!!!
The Rodriguez family! They brought us back stuff from Arizona!! It was really weird to see my first name again.... hahaha the things the mission does to do.
uh oh..... I forgot my nametag and was Hna Hernandez for a day. haha
when you tell a member that your favorite fruit is watermelon and then they give you a whole watermelon on a plate to eat............ Yup I got it all down.
we found a weave in the middle of the street and had a little too much fun! haha