week eight: new transfer, new me

Hello everyone!! Can you believe Christmas is over?! 2016 is upon us!! And a new transfer! I can’t believe I am already done with my first transfer. And luckily since I’m still training, I get to stay with Sister Burns πŸ™‚

As always, it was such an amazing week. Here’s what happened:

Tuesday was such a good day. On Sunday we had quickly put together a service project for the ward. The mom of one of our investigators is in between jobs right now and she expressed concern to us about Christmas. She was worried that she wouldn’t be able to get anything for him and asked if the ward ever does anything to help with that. So we announced it in relief society and also in priesthood and by Tuesday we were able to pull together a whole Christmas for our investigator. It was so incredible to see how much charity the ward members had for him. His mom was sooo happy and so grateful. We were so grateful too.

Tuesday night was also really good. We had a lesson with Dustin and his wife Ashley. We tracted into Dustin a couple weeks ago, he was raised in a part member family but was never baptized and he was soo excited to meet us. We taught him and his wife about the plan of salvation. It went pretty well. And at the end they gave us cereal and told us they went to the store just to specifically buy it for us. So sweet. Cereal and a return appointment, all good things. πŸ™‚

Wednesday we had our Christmas devotional with the whole mission (actually half of it because they split us in two for these meetings). It was soo good! Tons of amazing musical numbers and everything was centered on Christ and that was the best part. πŸ™‚ My favorite part of it was when Sister Taggart (my mission president’s wife) read “The Living Christ” with piano playing in the background. I can’t help but cry every single time I hear or read the Living Christ. Please go read it. It is so incredible. And sister Burns and I love it so much that we’ve decided we are going to read it with every member of the ward and challenge them to memorize the whole thing, or just the fourth paragraph. The fourth paragraph reads: “We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.” He lives!! He died for our sins on Calvary, but his Spirit lives for eternity. He is always with us! Nothing could possibly be more comforting than having that knowledge.

The rest of Wednesday was super good too. We got to meet a new family in our ward. They have actually lived in our ward boundaries for almost a year but they are less active and just moved their records into our ward. I loove them oh my goodness! They are hilarious, and want us to come over every week. They want us to help them be more active in the church, and we are more than willing hahaha. So exciting. Then that night we went to visit Marisol. Marisol is a woman who we met tracting. She is taking care of her niece and nephews who are kind of in a tough situation right now and from the moment we met her she wanted us to teach them so that they could come to church. We’ve been trying to teach them for almost a month now but it just hasn’t worked out. She told us to come over Wednesday night but when we showed up the kids weren’t there, and she was busy making tamales for her family’s Christmas Eve party. So of course we offered to help! And it was soo much fun. Sister Burns and I now (sort of) know how to make tamales. They tasted so good too. The things you learn on a mission hahah.

Thursday aka Christmas Eve we had district meeting. It was super sad because our district leader, Elder Famme, was being transferred to another zone. And Sister Davis was going home. And lots of other people in our zone were being moved around too! It was sad but it was super fun. We did a white elephant gift exchange and it was hilarious. Fun times. The gift I gave was microwaveable heated slippers and I ended up stealing them back because I actually wanted them hahaha. Christmas Eve night we went to an ugly Christmas sweater party that a ward member invited us to. It was so fun. Sister Burns and I borrowed sweaters/vests from other ward members and we looked super festive and ugly hahah.

Friday- Christmas! Christmas as a missionary is super weird. But also so incredible. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been so focused on Christ during Christmas before. And from now on i hope every Christmas is that way πŸ™‚ Friday’s are always our weekly planning days where we spend like 3 hours planning for the next week. So we did that. And then after that we got to FaceTime our families!! It was so good to hear their voices and to see all of them. Best Christmas gift ever! Saying goodbye was so hard, but I am okay with being away from them for this short time as long as I am serving the Lord.

Saturday was such a good day. We were on fire! We taught like 6 lessons in the span of an hour and a half and we found 2 new investigators as well. It was so awesome. It’s so awesome being a missionary!

That was pretty much my week. I hope you all had an amazing
Christmas!! I sure did. And since I won’t be able to email until after…happy new year!!! I hope you all have the goal of coming closer to Christ in the new year! With Him, all of your other resolutions will be so much easier. He strengthens all that we do! I love my Savior and the knowledge that I have of all that He has done for me. I love this gospel, His gospel. I love having Him with me through every step of the way. And I know that he is with all of you throughout every step too. Please read the Living Christ. I promise it will help you come closer to Him. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

All my love,

Sister Martinez πŸ’•
Our sweaters!

My cute family πŸ™‚

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