week forty-four: the atonement is radical

Hello people! Such a great week. The missionary work here is moving along so well and it rocks. I have a lot to talk about so I’ll just get right into it.

So long story short….there is a woman named Rebecca who was taught awhile ago by the sisters here, but they gave her a break to figure some things out because she was raised Jewish and she had a hard time letting go of that. She started coming back to church (she is good friends with a member) a couple months ago…and the elders started teaching her. Basically, since she’s a single woman, they passed her to us this past week and we are now teaching her. She really wants to be baptized, but due to her background she has a very hard time understanding many of the concepts of the gospel. So teaching goes very slowly. But she truly wants this, so we are working with her and hopefully she will be baptized in a few weeks. πŸ™‚

Wednesday we went on another exchange with our Sister Training Leaders. I went to Fullerton with Sister Crowther. I love her! We had a super awesome day. We went to go teach the restoration to a less active member, and her husband ended up joining us. We thought he wasn’t a member, but it turns out his grandma was LDS and raised him in the church. They both really felt the spirit during the lesson and sincerely have the desire to come to know if the Book of Mormon is true for themselves. I love the light in people’s eyes when they recognize the spirit.

Friday we had another lesson with Caroline. It was so exciting because she told us she booked her trip to go visit her parents at Christmas, which means she can now ask for their blessing to be baptized. It’s finally going to happen, hopefully in January! Yay!! Also she said the closing prayer for the first time at the end of our lesson and it was so awesome. Love seeing people progress.

Friday was also super awesome because Angela went to do baptisms at the temple for the first time! Less than a week after being baptized. So so great. We didn’t go because the temple is out of our mission, but a member told us that while there Angela said, “it’s amazing because every time you hear the little swish of the water, a soul is being saved.” Oh my gosh ❀️ I love her. She also bore her testimony in sacrament meeting yesterday, and talked about the peace and clarity she has had this past week since being baptized. She is so awesome.

Saturday was a cool day. So basically a couple weeks back we received a referral from our elders of a random guy named Nick in our area that they found in their area book. We went to go try him when we first got him but no one was there. So we tried calling him last Sunday and he answered and told us he is struggling. We asked if we could meet with him because the message that we share will improve his life. He agreed so we set an appointment for the next evening. Basically, we set an appointment with him everyday this week but he ended up being busy every time so we had to reschedule. Saturday we were FINALLY able to actually meet with him. We taught him the restoration and he loved it. He said that it was perfect timing when we called because he has been looking for change recently, and he said he will be baptized when he comes to know that what we taught is true. Such an awesome lesson. After the lesson we found out he actually moved out of our area, but still lives in Anaheim. So we will have to have a pass off lesson with him and other elders this week, but I’m still so happy we were able to contact him and teach him. It was such a miracle.

I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that it’s true. I’m grateful to know about it, and to be able to share my knowledge of it with the people here. I know that it is truly the ONLY way we can return to our Heavenly Father. He wants us to come home, so we need to follow the path that he’s given us which will lead us there. I love the gospel. I hope I can strive to live it as long as I live.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Love,

Sister Martinez πŸ’–
Exchange with sister crowther feat. this huge buffalo head in a member’s home

This is “boyfriend”. He was left behind by a sister missionary a long time ago in a member’s home…..he receives visits from many sisters in our mission. He’s everyone’s boyfriend.

My zone!

#bestdistrict

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