week thirty: that’s a nice sound

Well howdy everyone! It was such a good week! Isn’t it always though…hahah. Just loving life over here.

I feel like every email I say “I don’t have a lot to write about this week” and then the email always ends up being super long…whoops. So I’ll do that again and we’ll see how long it ends up. I don’t have a lot to write about this week, so let’s get right into it.

Monday morning we got a text from a less active member in our ward. She and her husband are recent converts of 2 years and they have two little kids. Anyway, she texted us asking if we could bring someone to give her a priesthood blessing that evening. We didn’t know why, and we were pretty surprised, but of course we found someone. That evening we showed up and brought some elders with us to give her a blessing. We had no idea why she had asked, but she ended up telling us about some very hard things their family was going through. She felt hopeless and like she couldn’t get through, and told us that she felt like God left her alone. But even though she felt like He left her alone, she continued to pray through this hard time. They gave her a blessing, and then we stayed with her for a little while after that. She was definitely going to be needing some more visits throughout the week. Wednesday night we went back to see her and things were dramatically better. She was so happy and so thankful that things were starting to look up, she told us that she realized God hadn’t left her alone and that He had answered her prayers. Seeing the drastic difference it can make in our lives when we have faith in our Heavenly Father is incredible. Things can go from night to day as long as we have faith. We just need to trust in Him that everything will work out.

Thursday we were tracting and we ran into this man named Jose. Upfront he told us that he is atheist and doesn’t believe in anything really, but he still wanted to have a conversation with us. We were having a pretty respectful conversation with him for awhile, just explaining our beliefs, and it actually felt like we were getting somewhere. And right when we were starting to get somewhere with Jose, his son Joe pulled up in the driveway. The second he got out of the car he started bashing us and telling us that we don’t love people just because of some things that the church was involved with a long time ago. We were finally ending the conversation, and right before we left we asked if they knew anyone in their neighborhood who might be interested in our message. They actually responded and told us to go two houses down. So we did. We knocked two houses down and a man named Martin opened the door. He was soo kind! He let us teach him and he accepted a Book of Mormon. He said he would share it with his family and that we could come back in a couple of weeks. Right as we were about to leave, he thanked us for what we were doing and told us to continue sharing the gospel. What a tender mercy! It felt like such a waste of time talking to Jose and Joe, but if we hadn’t talked to them we might not have met Martin. The Lord’s timing is crazy sometimes.

Speaking of the Lord’s timing…Saturday we went to go try an investigator named Diana. We have been trying to find Diana for weeks. Everytime we knock on her door she’s not there and everytime we text or call her she doesn’t answer or respond. We were about to lose all hope but then we randomly decided to go see her. I kind of didn’t feel like seeing her right then because I felt like she just wasn’t going to be there again. But, we knocked. And she was there. 🙂 At the beginning we read the first chapter of the Book of Mormon. I thought that was all we were going to read..but she kept going. We ended up reading 4 chapters with her. And she actually understood what we were reading! That seriously hardly ever happens! It’s so crazy to think that if we had let the adversary get to us and decided not to try her that day, we would’ve missed such an amazing opportunity to read with her. I’m so grateful that we were able to press forward despite opposition!

So I’ve started doing this thing where every night I right down one thing I learned that day, since I’ve realized how much I’ve learned so far on my mission. Yesterday, something I learned is that the sacrament is the best time to receive revelation. Recently I’ve been waiting for awhile for an answer to my prayers, and it took me until yesterday to finally recognize my answer. And it was during the sacrament! I’m so grateful that I know that now so that I can continue to seek revelation during that time. I would encourage all of you to seek revelation during the sacrament as well. Personal revelation is so cool. It’s so awesome that we can receive answers about big things and also about things that seem so small. Our Heavenly Father really does care about the details of our lives. I’m so grateful for that!

Well, I guess that did end up being pretty long. Maybe I just talk too much? Oh well. I hope you all have an amazing week. The gospel is true.

Love,

Sister Martinez
We drove into this random church parking lot to turn around and came across this sign…made me laugh.

Left one 🙂

Huge tree in our area!

True that

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