week forty-eight: bacon is a celestial flavor

Hi people!! How is everyone doing? I hope well. Life is beautiful and we have so much to be grateful for πŸ™‚ our P-day is today because we were able to go to the temple! I’m so grateful to be in a mission where we have the opportunity to go to the temple every 3 months. It was a great day! I feel like I have so much to talk about so I’m just gonna jump right in.

Tuesday we had a cool experience. So basically there’s this younger less active family that we used to meet with weekly, they’re super awesome…then we lost contact for like 4 months. Well Tuesday morning, the wife calls us and asks if we’re going to stop by anytime soon. We’ve been trying them for months but they’re never home when we try, but of course we said we would gladly stop by and made an appointment for that afternoon. We were able to meet with them and reteach them the restoration and it was so wonderful to see how excited they became again about the gospel. I think sometimes when we don’t spiritually feed ourselves for awhile or we just get into the routine of church things, we don’t get as excited about the gospel anymore. But as soon as we’re reminded of how incredible it is and how merciful Christ is, that light flips on again. Anyway, they reeeallly want to come back to church and they know they need this in their lives. I’m excited to see them on Sunday. πŸ™‚

Thursday we went to go try a potential investigator named Mary who we’ve been trying pretty much the whole time I’ve been in Anaheim. Well, everytime we go, she’s not home and her husband and cute little son answer the door and tell us she’s busy and to come back another time. Super friendly guy. So this time we go, and he basically said that right now they are really busy but that they really want to be taught by us as a family (ahh!!), and he had kept our card with our number on it from awhile ago, so he said he would give us a call when they’re ready and have more time. Aka when they’re more prepared for the gospel. Ahh. It’s just so incredible that Heavenly Father prepares people everywhere!!

So basically this weekend was the best weekend ever….why? GENERAL CONFERENCE. I am so grateful that we were able to hear from President Monson, a living prophet of God, and the apostles. I think it’s so amazing that Heavenly Father really does know what we need to hear, and that those things are said during conference. I don’t think I can pick a favorite talk, I genuinely got something out of every single one. It if I had to narrow it down to my three faves of the moment….Pres. Uchtdorf (the plan of salvation is so incredible), Elder Yamashita (I want to be ambitious for Christ), and Elder Oaks (everyone share the gospel!!). Go read those talks. Or all of the talks. Either way I promise you’ll get something out of it.

Yesterday was such an awesome day. We started the day with service at Mary’s Kitchen, always a good time. But apparently someone had donated like 50 bouquets of flowers, and when we were leaving they said we could take as many as we wanted…so we took about 12 and made plans to bring them to some of our investigators and other members (less actives, recent converts, people who help us a lot). So we wrote this quote on a note with each of the bouquets:

"Sisters, don’t give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness.
God is real.
He lives.
He loves you.
He knows you.
He understands you.
He knows the silent pleadings of your heart. He has not abandoned you. He will not forsake you.
Live in faith, dear sisters, and ‘the Lord [our] God [will] increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!’"
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk from the General women’s session

Seeing the reactions of everyone we delivered them to was priceless. And some of the thank you texts we received were heartwarming. The primary president in our ward told us that it was exactly what she needed that day and that it was the perfect reminder that Heavenly Father knows her and loves her. It just shows that Heavenly Father is so mindful of His children. He knows what we need and I’m grateful for the times when I’m able to be a vessel of His love for others.

Well….yesterday was 11 months in the mission for me. Almost a year. I can’t even believe it. So many mixed feelings, I’m grateful for the time that I’ve had here but the majority of what I feel is sad that it will be over before I know it 😦 sometimes I wish I could live the mission life forever. But I know that even when my mission comes to an end, the blessings will continue throughout the rest of my life. I am so full of gratitude for this gospel. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and knows me personally, and He knows and loves you all as well. Never lose sight of who you are, a child of a loving Father in Heaven. πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

All my love,

Sister Martinez 🌻

Can you spot the Book of Mormon?

Scottie the pig.

A member bought us Indian food πŸ˜‹

The abundance of flowers

Missionary or florist?

The temple today!!

The girl working at Deseret Book gave us BYU creamery ice cream πŸ’™

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