week twenty-three: holla

Hi everyone! How’s it going? Our week was a little shorter than normal, it’s always weird when P day is on a Tuesday. Kind of throws the whole week off. So the week basically started on Wednesday. Wednesday morning we went to volunteer at a blood drive. Always good to start the week off with service!

After the blood drive, we went to go read with Brother Beserra. I might have mentioned him before, but I’ve met with him pretty much every week of my mission so far. He has a mental disability and has the mind of a 10 year old, but he can mostly take care of himself. We go read either Book of Mormon Stories or Doctrine + Covenants Stories with him. His family were members but he wasn’t really raised in the church, and missionaries found him and he was baptized in 2010. He LOVES the gospel. It’s so awesome. And he needs the church! It’s his support system. With that being said, he has some very rude neighbors who feel the need to tell him all the time about how “wrong” the church is, how he should stop going to church and having us come over, and pretty much just bash the church in any way, shape, or form. He talks about it pretty much every time we see him, you can tell it really affects him. So we show up at his house on Wednesday and he hands us a thick brochure called “10 questions and answers about the Mormon church”…..aka hardcore anti-Mormon literature. One of his neighbors who is of a different Christian denomination gave it to him. Really? My heart about broke. It’s sad that people take the time to make these things, but it’s really sad this his neighbor felt the need to give him this pamphlet. He cried about it. What good does that do?! Gosh, I left his house with so much anger towards this woman. But I just had to keep in mind what the Lord said in His Sermon on the Mount, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44) I don’t know why things like this have to happen, or why people have to be so cruel, but I’m just grateful to know that even though there are some rough people out there, we are all God’s children and he loves and knows each of us personally. Just need to see people through His eyes. πŸ™‚

Wow Wednesday was such an awesome day! That night we were able to meet with Gabby, after almost 2 months of not seeing her family!! It was so great. With Gabby we were able to go more in depth about the Book of Mormon, sacrament meeting, about how the gospel blesses families, and a few other things. It was super awesome. She told us that she had taken some of the pamphlets we had given her in the past with her to work and that she would read them when she wanted to feel calm. She also committed to reading the introduction of the Book of Mormon and meeting with us again. Yay! We’re hoping to get their whole family to church pretty soon.

This week Sister Moore and I were kind of struggling a little bit money-wise. A couple weeks ago my personal debit card had some fraudulent activity on it and they haven’t sent me a new card yet so I haven’t had any of my personal money since then. At the beginning of the month, we weren’t super smart with our spending on our church cards, and realized that we were running pretty low. Another thing that added to this problem was that not a lot of members feed us super often, so our dinner calendar is pretty empty. Oh and also our fridge wasn’t very full. We were getting pretty nervous that we wouldn’t be able to make it through the end of the month with the money and food that we had left. The night that we figured this out, we went to go see a member who we’ve grown close with. We hadn’t mentioned anything about food or anything about this problem and before we leave they give us a gallon of milk, a jug of orange juice, and TONS of food. We felt bad accepting it, but it was so generous and we really did need it. I am so grateful for the support that we receive, and to know that the Lord provided when we were “in need”. When you are faithful, the Lord will always provide a way.

Funny moment from this week: we were in a lesson with a less active and for some reason they said something and I responded saying, “HOLLAAAA” hahaha what? I don’t know what’s gotten into me. πŸ™ƒ

This was kind of another week like last week…not a whole lot of lessons and quite a few appointments that fell through. But I know that as long as we are trying, we are doing the Lord’s will. I’m still hopeful that we will be able to find the people who are prepared in this area and that we will be able to help them progress!! I know this is the Lord’s work and as I feel like I always say, I am grateful to be a part of it. I’m grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and that because of Him, my weaknesses can become strengths. I love this gospel. I love this church. I love the people in my life who support me and send their love from miles and miles away.

I hope you all have an amazing week!!

All my love,

Sister Martinez πŸ’–
Haters make me famous πŸ‘πŸΌ

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One thought on “week twenty-three: holla

  1. erinscarborough says:

    I went to a Garden Grove ward last week and totally looked for you–but all they had was elders. Boo. πŸ™‚ it was fun thinking that you were close, though! Good luck and keep up the good work!

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