week fifty-three: one year older and wiser too

{I actually wrote this last week but didn’t have time to send it, sooo}

Hello hello everyone! It was an interesting week in Placentia. I wasn’t feeling too well so it feels like we didn’t do a whole lot, but there were still many miracles. Here are some highlights!

On Monday, like I explained last week, we were able to proselyte from 2-5pm. Those three hours were so incredible. Since we are both new to the area, we’ve been trying to meet as many members as we can. We met this member who ended up giving us 4 referrals, all their neighbors. It was so awesome. So we went to go contact them immediately, and 2 were interested and 2 weren’t. We contacted the first one, and we couldn’t teach her right then because she was busy, but we set a return appointment. Then we went to the next one a few houses down…and ended up talking with her for about 30 minutes. She is the most incredible woman, Ismet, who is from India but is visiting her daughter here. We are of different faiths, but the Spirit that we all felt while talking with each other was the same. It was so amazing. She was mesmerized when we told her about Christ coming to the Americas. We ended up leaving her with a Book of Mormon, and she said she would sincerely read it and pray about it. I love Ismet. I’m so grateful to be serving a mission, where I’ve met some of the kindest, just plain good people.

Tuesday we had lunch with a former investigator named Esther. She has been taught on and off for years. She was almost baptized awhile ago but she’s been going to her church for 30 years and they are like family to her, so she feels like she would be abandoning them if she joined the church. Anyway, at lunch she told us that she knows the Book of Mormon is the word of God and reads it often. We were like…whaaaa. Long story short, she is going to start taking the lessons again. Yay!!!

Thursday we met with another former investigator/part member family. They have had some bad experiences in the past with missionaries being insensitive towards them about the wife’s baptism in another Christian church. Anyway, we invited them to take the lessons and they said yes! Woooo. Then that same night, we invited another less active family to take the lessons and they also said yes. Yayay. Progress.

Friday was my one year mark in the mission. Suuuuch a weird feeling. Like I believe it because sometimes I feel like I’ve been here forever, but at the same time I still feel like I just got here. Super crazy. But I am so grateful to be here. Best thing I’ve ever done, hands down.

Sunday we had the biggest miracle. So remember the Flores family? They are the neighbors of these members in our ward who came to our ward Halloween party. Sooo basically, the members invited them to church and also told them about the lessons that we teach. Annnnd they came to church!!! Ahh it was so exciting and so overwhelming but they loved it. The husband, Hugo, is a little less open to it but the wife, Rosalba, and their kids Victor and Javier are super into it. Yayay!!

It was a hard week, mainly physically, but we still saw so many miracles. I know this is the Lord’s work. I’m so grateful to be doing it and to be finding those who are prepared to hear about the gospel. I know it is true!! And I know that Christ lives. I love him. And I love all of you, too. Thank you for the love and prayers ❤️

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Love,

Sister Martinez 💕

The sweetest/funniest video my sister training leaders made for my year mark. The actually video is 5 minutes…but you get the idea hahah

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