week fifty-one: what covenants?

Hello everyone! This was probably one of the weirdest weeks of my mission. Placentia is vastly different from both Garden Grove and Anaheim. It’s a much wealthier area and it’s very difficult to find people to teach. Buuut I will tell you about the week we had!

So Monday was transfers, Sister Paulson and I moved into our new apartment. Then that evening we had dinner and met the first members either of us had ever met from the ward. It was good! The members here seem really awesome. After dinner we went to go clean our apartment and unpack.

Well, we ended up spending the next three days cleaning and organizing our apartment. And our car. Both hadn’t been cleaned in awhile and honestly we just couldn’t feel the Spirit in either of them. Which is so essential. How are we going to find those who are ready to hear the gospel in this area if we can’t feel the Spirit in our apartment? We won’t! So we got everything to be perfect and then Thursday we had our apartment re-dedicated by our zone leaders and district leader. The Spirit was abundant after that. I am so grateful for the priesthood.

Well in between all of our organizing and cleaning, we were able to go do service on Wednesday at a nursing home. We helped them decorate for Halloween and then I was able to give a woman named Linda a manicure. Linda is deaf, so I had a hard time communicating with her. But she was so sweet and I loved being able to try to sign with her. All the old people were so cute. I loved them.

Thursday was so great. Instead of having district meeting like we normally do, we had a Mission tour/Zone Conference, and Elder Carl B. Cook of the Seventy (who spoke this past General Conference!!) came. It was soo amazing. We spent all day becoming edified and being uplifted with our fellow missionaries. I learned so much. One thing we spent a lot of time talking about was the difference between a "natural man" and a "saint". A natural man is prideful, selfish, and impatient. A saint is humble, charitable, and patient. A natural man solely cares about their own will, but a saint is willing to submit to God’s will. I want to be a saint, and put off the natural man.

Something else Elder Cook focused a lot on was joy. Often we talk about the five main principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ as faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. But what if we changed "endure to the end" to "enJOY to the end". Life can be hard but it does not constantly have to be something that we feel we have the endure or just get through. We need to enjoy life! And I know with all my heart that the main way we can enjoy our lives is by living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This weekend was the Placentia Stake conference. We had the adult session on Saturday night, and Sister Burns and I were able to sing at it. So funny/embarrassing story….hahah the meeting was about to start and I had no idea when we were going to be singing, I thought it might be later on in the meeting. But Sister Paulson and I really had to go to the bathroom, so we quickly went and then literally ran back to the chapel. Right when we got to the door of the chapel, everyone was silent and I saw Sister Burns starting to slowly stand up across the chapel….hahaha apparently it was time to sing. Nobody told me we were singing right after the opening prayer!!! So I walked straight up to the pulpit and just started singing like it was nothing. Such an awkward moment. I couldn’t even handle. Then Sister Burns told me that they had been waiting for me for about a minute. I can’t. Oh well. At least we made it through the song… 🙂

In a nutshell, we struggled this week. We weren’t able to teach any lessons and we haven’t found anybody who is interested. This area has been desolate for a long time. We don’t really know what to do, but we have faith that there is someone here who has been prepared by Heavenly Father to hear about the gospel. And we are going to find them!! We’ve met a few members, and some seem super on board to assist us in this great work. We’re nervous, we’re excited, and we feel a little lost…but I know everything will work out. There has to be a reason that we are here in this area right now.

I love the gospel. It is so true. It continues to bless my life beyond measure. I know the gospel will bless your life if you strive to live it. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

So much love,

Sister Martinez 💕

PS I promise I’ll take pictures this week 😬

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