Greetings everyone! How is life? Mine’s pretty good. Missions are hard but everyday I am reminded of how important and special this work that I am doing is. It’s been a super long week! Our P-Day is today because the 4th of July was a normal proselyting day and today our zone went to the temple. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to our session today, but luckily there will be many more temple trips in the future! Here’s what happened this week!
Tuesday was so awesome. We were finally able to have our first real lesson with Angela. After coming to church for two months, we finally got to teach her!! It felt kind of funny teaching her the restoration because I feel like she already knows so much about it, but I love seeing people’s eyes light up when they learn about the gospel. And hers definitely did. We invited her to be baptized and she’s now on date for July 23rd! Suuuuper exciting. We’ve been waiting for this for so long. We will most likely have to push it back just because she’s so busy, but either way, she’s finally beginning to progress 🙂 I’m so excited for Angela to take this step and to make covenants with our Heavenly Father.
Wednesday we had a lesson with the funniest woman, Sister Rivers. We meet with her weekly. It’s harder for her to come to church because she has a lot of health problems, but she loves meeting with us. Seriously after every lesson with her I write down different quotes that she said because she’s so hilarious. One from this week: “when you get hungry, love goes out the window.” hahahah love her.
Friday was super productive. We were able to have a lesson with Ginny and also with Caroline. We finished teaching Ginny the Plan of Salvation. It went really well. She loves everything that she’s learning. She’s also doing really well with her Book of Mormon reading which is super awesome. It is so great to have investigators who are actually progressing and keeping their commitments. It’s been awhile since we’ve had that here! For our lesson with Caroline, we had this whole thing planned out. Basically we were going to get her on date for baptism and everything. But when we got there, it just didn’t feel right. If we had brought up baptism that day, it might not have gone so well. I’m so grateful for the promptings of the Spirit which lead us and guide us. Our Heavenly Father truly knows what’s best for our investigators and I’m grateful for the revelation that He gives us so we can know as well.
Saturday was the big day! It was the 50th Anniversary of the California Anaheim Mission. We had a big celebration that we’ve been practicing and planning for for what seems like forever. And it finally happened! It was awesome. There were multiple musical numbers, one of which was Sister Burns, two other elders, and I singing a song that was written by Sister Hathcock specifically for this, and composed by Elder Beddes (my district leader). It was so fun to sing. There was also a mission choir, cultural dances (done by the different language programs), and talks given by past mission presidents. It was so great and so fun. It’s crazy to think that 50 years ago this mission was the “California South Mission”. And now our mission is so tiny and covers not even half of Orange County. The gospel truly is being spread to every nation, kindred, and tongue and I am so grateful.
Like I mentioned earlier, the fourth of July was a normal proselyting day for us, with the exception of a parade that we were a part of and that we had to be in our apartments by 7pm. 100 of us missionaries had the opportunity to carry the flag in a Fourth of July parade in Anaheim Hills. It was so fun. We looked like an army….not like the military but an “army of Christian soldiers”. Hahah it was awesome. I’m so grateful for America and the freedom that we have to worship as we please.
I hope everyone has an amazing week. Never forget your worth in the sight of God. The potential that we have is infinite, we can’t even comprehend it. So keep going, do the best that you can. He is always cheering us on from above. I know that it’s only through Christ that we can reach our potential. So follow him. Reach your potential. Keep doing your best! That’s my little spiel for the week.
Sending love from Anaheim,
Sister Martinez 🍊
Sister Rivers ❤️
I’ve never seen so many fireworks in my life. #welcometoanaheim 🇺🇸