Hello all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!! Ours was so awesome. I don’t have a ton of time but I’ll share a couple of miracles we had.
Tuesday we were at an apartment complex looking for a less active. We had an unfortunate experience when we met her, but decided to keep knocking around her anyways. The first door we knocked on after we met her opened and we met a man named George. We showed him Light the World and were able to set a return appointment with him to teach him the restoration. He has a one year old, so we really stressed how much the gospel blesses families, and I really believe it softened his heart.
Wednesday we had our Christmas devotional, where a little over half the mission met together to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It was sooo amazing. It was mostly all musical numbers, and I had the opportunity to sing a couple of times. I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities I’ve had to sing on my mission. I know that when we worship through song, Heavenly Father hears it!!
Thursday we had our first sit down talk with our investigator Rogeline. She was previously being taught in Santa Ana, but she moved here and wanted to continue meeting with missionaries. We got to know her and learned that she actually grew up in the church but was never baptized, and she wants to come back and be baptized. She’s so great!!
Friday morning after studies we had a couple of appointments, but all of them fell through. We were trying to figure out where to go when we drove past an apartment complex we had never been to. We decided to give it a try, and every single door we knocked on opened and listened. It was amazing. We were able to meet a few people with lots of potential. Such a miracle!
Christmas Eve and Christmas were jampacked days, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We decided to make little treats and write cards for all of the ward members who have helped us out. So we spent both days delivering them. There was so much joy all around I loved it! Christmas Day itself was so great. We had a great sacrament meeting, and Rogeline was able to come! She loved it and wished it was longer. After church we FaceTimed our families, it was so lovely to see their faces and hear their voices!! But I got a little weirded out when I realized that the next time I’ll talk to them is on Mother’s Day, and I’ll be going home two days later. Time flies way too fast. At the end of the day we went caroling with our district. I love how open and willing people are to listening once you’ve sung them a Christmas carol. 🙂 I’m so grateful to have been a missionary during Christmas twice. You truly get to help people understand the real meaning of Christmas. The gifts and material things are fun, but the best part is the fact that Jesus Christ was born and because of Him and the life that He lived, we can live with our Heavenly Father again.
Welll by the end of this week, I will have spent all of 2016 as a missionary. I am so beyond grateful for this opportunity. My "mission year" has been so amazing. The hardest, but hands down best year of my life. 2017 will be very different, but I’m anxious to continue serving the Lord each day of my mission and beyond.
Jesus Christ lives. Yesterday I finished the Book of Mormon again, and each day as I read I asked Heavenly Father to give me a confirmation that it is true. And I received a confirmation every single day. The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to Christ, more than any other book has. I would encourage everyone to read it, and strengthen your testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I love you all. Talk to you next year! (I actually hate when people say that)
All my love,
Sister Martinez ✨
Saying goodbye to some lovely people!
Christmas 🎄 (our ward mission leader lives on a golf course)