We were exchange-crazy this week! Probably my favorite one was with Sis. Peart – it is her first transfer and she worked with me up in Fort Myers. Even though it was a little difficult for her to work in a Spanish area when she doesn’t speak any Spanish (not because she’s not diligent but because she’s called to preach in English), we still saw a lot of miracles and she was able to contribute much. We had a really cool experience with the non-member husband of a LA. His name is Santo Freddy. He and I had an intense discussion about the Book of Mormon and why he needs to be baptized. The Spirit was there, but I knew he needed to feel it more to really understand. I asked Sis. Peart to bear her testimony on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and told her that I would translate for her. She got about three lines in when Santo Freddy said, “Wait, I need to say something. I have never in my life seen anyone with such beautiful or powerful faith. This girl’s faith can move mountains. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God”. It was an amazing experience for me. Even though they couldn’t communicate one bit in words, the spirit is a language that everyone speaks. We are excited to help reacitvate his wife and to help him along his path to baptism.
Another great thing that happened on my exchange with Sis. Peart was meeting Felipe and Mildred. We were stuck on Wednesday night at 7:30 with nothing to do because our ward mission leader cancelled our coorelation meeting last minute. We were sharing the car with the other sisters for the day to save miles, so we decided to drive them to their lesson and to knock doors in the neighboring apartment complex even though we’ve been trying to avoid knocking after dark because Ft. Myers has been a little bit dangerous lately. We felt good about it, though, and really needed to find more people to teach and so we parked and walked to the complex. Usually we have a tough time finding Spanish in the complex, but the second man we OYM’d in the parking lot was Puerto Rican! He told us, “If your prayer that you want to say with me is any good, wait for me here while I grab my mail and I’ll let you say it with me and my wife”. Yes, I know that sounds sketchy, but the Spirit was guiding us and we were totally safe. Turns out that he, Felipe, runs a male refuge center out of his church and helps homeless men get on their feet. Because of that, they bring home tons of food daily from grocery stores that donate to their organization! He and his wife had met missionaries in the past and we ended up staying with them for almost an hour in their apartment talking about the Gospel. They loaded us up with a big cardboard box of food afterward and sent us back to our car! Though now isn’t their time to accept the Restored Gospel, they were a blessing to us and we know that they will receive it in the future!
Marulani and Brisia came to church and the Trunk or Treat this past week and loved it! They are daughters of a LA member that we’ve been working with for quite a while. We are working to get them baptized in the next couple of weeks!
We celebrated our Halloween with banana slurpees from 7-11 and watching the Church’s Christmas movies (Nora’s Christmas Gift and my personal favorite, The Other Wise Man – extra cheese on the side). A total of zero trick-or-treaters knocked on our door. #yesfortmyersisactuallythatsketchythatthetrickortreaterswerefewandfarbetween
We had a specific prayer answered in a time that we were not expecting. We found a family of five to teach! #prayforEliasandAnaandEdward They are preparing for baptism later this month.
My gem this week was in James 1:2-4, which reads, “” The JST replaces ‘divers temptations’ with ‘many afflictions’, which deepened the significance for me. We must be grateful for the temptations and afflictions we are given because they are opportunities to show our faith and patience and to develop them further. It then ends in verse 12 saying, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”, again with the JST replacing ‘endureth’ with ‘resisteth’. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments and resist any evil that comes in our path! And we will be rewarded beyond measure for it.
I love you! Have a stellar week!