Hello people! How is everyone doing? (I haven’t asked that in awhile) things are just dandy over here. Just learning a lot and loving life.
Here are some highlights from this week:
We had an awesome lesson with our most progressing investigator as of right now. Her name is Caroline, I believe I’ve talked about her before. She is married to a less active member and wants to be baptized but is waiting to ask her parents for their approval in person. Anyway, she is soo awesome. She’s basically a member without actually being baptized. Every week we have a lesson with her and read from the Book of Mormon. This week we read 1 Nephi chapters 14 and 15. At the end, she told us she didn’t want to stop reading because every time she reads it makes her feel so happy. I am so grateful that she can feel the spirit so strongly when she reads the Book of Mormon. It is my favorite book, and I know it was written for our time.
This week in my personal study, I was reading in Words of Mormon. In verse 6 it says, “But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations, and put them with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know they will be choice unto my brethren.” The words that we read in the Book of Mormon are CHOICE. They were chosen for us and it is so amazing. I am so grateful to have it as a guide in my life. I would invite you all to read it, whether you have or haven’t before, there’s always something new to be found within it.
We had a ton of missed appointments this week which was kind of a bummer. But we also set a few new appointments for his upcoming week, so it kind of balances out. When set lessons cancel or fall through, we usually end up contacting potential investigators who haven’t been visited in awhile. Usually when we do this, we will contact one person from our area book and then knock around their house. A lot of times if the one specific person you’re looking for isn’t ready, someone around them is. So pretty much we tract a lot. One bad/kind of funny experience we had was we were walking up to a fence to open it so we could knock on the front door of the house and before we could even open the fence, a man opened the door and yelled, “STAY AWAY AND DON’T COME IN.” And proceeded to slam the door. Why are people like that?! They’ll understand eventually, I guess. One good experience we had was we met a couple young girls named Sochie and Yulissa. They were so sweet and really interested in our message, and invited us to come back to teach their whole family. We’re really hoping something will happen there!
Church on Sunday was awesome. Angela came yet again, even though she still hasn’t been taught. It is seriously so great, she comes and takes notes during all three hours and she just loves it. We taught Gospel Principles class during Sunday School and taught about the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Angela felt the Spirit so strongly that she cried. We’re hoping and praying that we’ll be able to teach her soon.
Something else that was so awesome on Sunday was a random guy showed up at church! His name is Anthony, and he came just because he was curious. He is so great! After Sacrament Meeting he said he really enjoyed it, so we invited him to stay for the next two hours and he was so excited about it. He came to our Gospel Principles class and looked so content during the class. He ended up staying the third hour as well. It was so amazing. Unfortunately we won’t be able to teach him because he lives in the elder’s area, but regardless we are so happy that he was able to find the gospel.
I’m so grateful for this gospel. I am so beyond grateful for the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ, and to know that I can be forgiven for every single mistake I make, regardless of how big or small it may be. The atonement is so real. Repentance is so real. It is one of the greatest and most beautiful gifts our Heavenly Father has given us. Accept that gift, use the atonement. Repent daily. It is so important. You will never have felt so free in your life. I know that’s true. Never doubt the Lord’s hand in your life. He is with you every step of the way. I hope you all have an amazing week 🙂
All my love,
Sister Martinez 🌷
We run into some pretty interesting front yards in Anaheim.
Tool pic. A picture of me with a tool. Hahah.