week forty-five: i want to get bathtized

Hi everyone! It was such an awesome week. My mission is flying by faster than I ever thought it would so I’m trying my best to make every second count. I have quite a bit to talk about so I’ll get right into the highlights of this week!

Wednesday we had a lesson with Rebecca, our investigator who is set to be baptized on the 24th. We taught her the plan of salvation and also reviewed a bit of what we’ve already talked about. We go over the same things a lot with her, but we really just want to make sure she understands the basics before she makes this big commitment. Later that day we went to go contact a referral. We went to his door, and after talking for a few minutes he invited us in…like when does that ever happen!! It was awesome. We taught him the whole restoration and he seemed really receptive to it. The lesson was great and everything was going well…then at the end he started to, well, rather than show interest in the message we shared, show interest in us. It’s so awkward being a sister missionary sometimes hahah. It’s safe to say we passed him to the elders.

Thursday we had another lesson with Rebecca. We went over the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also gave her a “review” book that we made her! Sister Benn and I spent a couple of days putting together this book with different stories from the Old Testament Stories, New Testament Stories, and the Doctrine and Covenants Stories books. They’re awesome because they have pictures and explain things simply. We also put some review questions in the back of each lesson in the book, and made a chart of the Plan of Salvation! She was so grateful for it and I really hope it will help her as she continues to learn about the gospel.

As usual, on Friday we met with Caroline. But a change from the usual…..we set her on date for baptism!!! It isn’t until January, after she goes to visit her parents, but still. She is so excited, and we are too 🙂 it’s so awesome to see people you’ve been working with for so long actually progress.

Friday night we had a pass off lesson with Nick, the referral we taught last week. It was so awesome. It was us and the Assistants, and we taught him the Plan of Salvation. He loved it. He kept saying that his ultimate goal is eternal life, which is exactly the message we share. He is so prepared. After our lesson, our ward had an activity that we went to. It was a back to school, “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” activity…and then after that portion they did, “Are you smarter than a missionary?” with gospel questions. It was super fun. And our recent convert, Angela, brought a friend with her! She is already such an awesome member missionary.

Saturday morning we had a lesson with our other investigator on date, Lauren. Lauren is superwoman. She has a lot of serious health problems, but on top of that she is a single mom of 4 kids, including twin 2 year olds. And she still finds time to meet with us and learn about the gospel. It’s so awesome. We went over the restoration again with her and her daughter, Simaiya, who is 9. They both really liked it, and Lauren told us that she feels like the church is where God needs her to be right now. She’s so great, and hopefully she and Simaiya will be baptized on October 8th!

Saturday afternoon we were able to go to the Newport Beach Temple for a temple grounds tour. The temple tour is something they do 5 times a year, and it’s an opportunity to invite investigators, recent converts, and less active members to come see the temple grounds and learn more about what happens in the temple. Angela, Brother Strong, and Austin came! It was so awesome. Austin enjoyed it and understands a lot about the gospel. At the end we asked him what made him decide to be baptized, and he said, “well I was bathtized in another church, so I want to be bathtized in this church.” So cute. He totally understands the difference, it’s awesome.

Overall, it was such a great week. I love the gospel so much. I love the peace it brings into my life, and I’m grateful to be able to watch it change the lives of others. I know it’s true. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. I’m so grateful for Him, and for His Atonement. I would invite you all to reevaluate– find ways to apply the Atonement to your lives daily. I know you’ll be able to feel of His love daily as you do so!

I hope you all have an amazing week!

All my love,

Sister Martinez 💖
Said goodbye to Sister Burgess on Tuesday 😦

Gelato + indoor swing = happy Sister Martinez

The Plan of Salvation chart we made for Rebecca!

Temple Tour!

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