week seventeen: won’t be 17 forever

Hi everyone!! How’s it going?! It was an awesome week here in Garden Grove. As usual, learned a lot and prayed a lot. Not feeling sick anymore, just a lingering cough! It’s been hard though because once you’ve been sick it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I haven’t worked that hard, but it was still a good week!! Here are some highlights from this week!

So Wednesday was a super awesome day. We went on exchanges with our sister training leaders. I stayed in our area with Sister Zemp, and Sister Moore went to Anaheim with Sister Hathcock. I loove Sister Zemp! She’s like missionary goals hahaha. She also went to BYU Hawaii for a year before her mission and we found out that we lived in the exact same dorm room, Hale 8 room 311, only difference is she was there a year earlier. So crazy!! The LDS world is so tiny hahah.

That day we were able to meet and teach some awesome people. We had another lesson with Evan. We’ve decided for now that we’ll keep teaching him until his parents are ready for him to be baptized, just so that he can continue to learn and prepare for it when that day does come. We read the Book of Mormon with him and we’re still in 1 Nephi, but no complaints because 1 Nephi is so awesome. We were reading a part about how God doesn’t give us any commandments, or anything, without a way for them to be accomplished. In other words, he doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. It’s so cool how Evan can completely understand everything we read. So much faith in such a young boy. Sometimes I think about how when Joseph Smith had the First Vision, he was around the same age as Evan, without all of the education that Evan has received. And he was able to be called as a prophet. So amazing! Anyway, it’s so cool to see Evan’s faith grow each week. And there he was at church again on Sunday, as usual. πŸ™‚ the day that boy is baptized will be a great one.

Wednesday we were also able to contact both of the referrals we had. We had them for awhile and it took us a long time to finally reach them, but we did! Neither of them were interested, but it is still always nice to meet people that members know and are friends with and share a message about Christ with them. Around the same time that we contacted them, we met a super awesome potential investigator named Kendall. She was super sweet and said she would read the Book of Mormon so we’ll see! πŸ™‚

Thursday was a great day, after our exchange Sister Moore and I were both on spiritual highs since we both had a good experience. We worked so hard! We met a couple awesome potentials, were dropped by a couple people…but it’s all good! The work continues!

Regardless of the different struggles, it was such a good week. I learned a lot about myself and about the Savior. I’m so grateful for the experiences that I have been able to have on my mission so far, and I’m looking forward to all of the ones that will come. It’s so awesome to be serving the Lord. Sometimes throughout the week, I’ll just have these moments where I sit and realize that I truly am doing His work. It’s the coolest thing ever. I’m so grateful for this gospel!!

I hope you all have an amazing week πŸ’•

All my love,

Sister Martinez
I’m so happy to be a missionary πŸ™‚

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