week thirty-nine: testimony on fleek

Hey hey!! How’s everyone doing? It’s been a busy week here in Anaheim…but being busy is the best. I feel like I have so much to talk about so I’ll just get right to it.

First, like I mentioned last week, I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Benn, she’s from La Verkin, Utah (close to St. George), she went to Snow College before her mission, and she’s been out for 6 months. She’s a great missionary, it will be an awesome transfer!

Tuesday was an awesome day. We were walking into an apartment complex to try a potential, and as we were walking in, this guy, Carlos, saw our name tags and said “Jesus Christ?!” he seemed really excited. We quickly told him that we teach people more about Christ and gave him our card, since he seemed like he was in a rush. Well, we went to go try the potential and no one was home. So we crossed the street to another complex to try someone else. No answer. As we’re walking down the sidewalk, Carlos sees us and runs across the street to talk to us (usually people cross the street to get away from us….). He handed us a flyer for his church. We ended up talking more with him about the Book of Mormon and the restoration. He seemed so excited to be learning all these new things, and wants to learn more. We prayed with him right there on the sidewalk. Something I love about being a missionary is that we often pray on the sidewalk, at a doorstep, and with people we’ve never met, but no matter where we are, the Spirit is always so strong.

Wednesday we went to do service at Mary’s kitchen, where we serve lunch to those in need. I love coming here. The people we serve food to are always so grateful. And so many of them are so kind and so happy, despite the challenges they may be going through in life. They’re an example to me, of staying strong and smiling even when things are hard.

Thursday we had an awesome experience. The day before we had received a referral from some sisters in the Long Beach mission, for a guy named Phillip. They met his friend and asked if he knew anyone who had had a recent death in their family, he told them about Phillip. So we went to go visit him, and as we’re walking up to the house he’s outside playing his guitar. We started to talking to him about our purpose as missionaries, Jesus Christ, and the Book of Mormon. He seemed so excited about everything we were saying. He kept saying “righteous” to everything hahah I loved it. He wanted us to give him the Book of Mormon as well as other pamphlets, asked for the address of the church, and invited us to come back. It was so awesome. He told us that it has been a really hard year, he had lost some family members and was going through a lot of things. I know the Lord has been preparing him to hear about the gospel. 🙂

Saturday was crazy. We were literally running to and from
appointments. It was all good though. We met with a bunch of recent converts and less actives, and then we had dinner with Caroline. Caroline is our investigator who’s married to a less active member and wants to be baptized, but she wants to wait until she can ask for her parent’s blessing. Well, she was supposed to be going to visit them last week and was going to ask them then, but her trip ended up not happening. So at dinner we kind of wanted to see where she was with her baptism. She told us that she still wants to be baptized, but since she won’t be seeing her parents until Christmas, it will probably happen then. It’s kind of hard because she’s so ready to be baptized right now, but we just have to trust in the Lord’s timing.

Trusting in the Lord’s timing has been something I’ve been working on a lot recently. It’s so easy to be selfish and to just want things to happen right now!! But that’s not how it works. Heavenly Father is in control…it’s all up to Him. And it’s up to us to decide if we are going to accept the plan He has for us. I know that we each have our own plan, and that Heavenly Father knows each of us individually. He loves us so much. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am His daughter and he loves me and cares about me. I hope that you can all remember that, too.

Hope you all have a great week!

All my love,

Sister Martinez ❤️

People I love! ❤️

We did a scavenger hunt at downtown Disney today with a bunch of sisters!

Sister Benn and I!

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