week fifty-nine: I won’t give up

{from last week}

Hi hi!!! Can you believe it’s Christmas this week?! Time flies. It was such an amazing week here in Placentia. Also it’s been high 50s and low 60s and I’ve been freezing, I don’t know how I’ll ever live anywhere else. Anyway, I have lots to share!

Tuesday we were at Cinnamon Tree and were doing some inspired knocking. We decided to knock on a door, and a man answered and said to come back another time because they were about to start dinner. But then his son, Andrew, who was probably 11 or 12 came to the door and said he wanted to see the video, so they both decided to watch it anyway. They loved it! We learned that Andrew had the desire to grow in his faith, and the dad Eleau is all about families. How perfect! We were able to talk briefly about the restoration and they are willing to listen. They will now be taught by the Spanish missionaries, but regardless, we found people who are interested and everyone needs the gospel.

Wednesday was a great day. We were able to meet Al, who has been taught by missionaries for years. We talked with him and found out that the main reason he has never progressed is because he’s never prayed to know if the gospel is true. !!!! But he has the desire to know….so yes, we are very excited to begin teaching him.

After we met Al we were knocking around his neighborhood when we realized we were about to knock on a member’s door. We decided to stop by anyway and ask them about their neighbors. They ended up giving us the lowdown on all their neighbors and gave us some referrals. It was awesome. Well, none of the referrals were available or interested, but we had not gone to this one house yet. We walk up and there’s a man standing outside. We showed him Light the World and got to talking with him. His name is Tom, and he basically told us that he would never settle in one church, but he also told us he wants to do whatever Christ wants him to do. And he’s open to learning more and coming to church. I know that this is what Christ wants him to do. After all, this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and it’s not a coincidence that we met him that day. Well Tom actually lives in a different area and just happened to be visiting his friend that day, but he gave us his address and his local missionaries will be teaching him. πŸ™‚

That night, we had a lesson with Daniel. Daniel is an investigator who was previously taught by the elders and was actually on date for baptism. We were able to sit down with him and see where he is with the gospel right now. Well Daniel still wants to be baptized, and he now has a new baptismal date for January!! There’s a lot that needs to happen before that, but we are still so grateful to be teaching someone who has the faith necessary to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.

Saturday was an amazing day. We went to go visit a potential in our areabook named Abraham. We had knocked a couple of times and waited and nobody came, but as soon as we walked away Abraham opened the door. We showed him Light the World and talked about the restoration of the gospel. He told us he had met missionaries before and set a return appointment, but they ended up not going back when he was expecting them (so sad). He practically asked if he could take the lessons and told us he was really interested, and we were able to set a return appointment with him. πŸ™‚ we were about to leave his apartment complex when we felt like there was someone else there. We knocked on one more door and a girl named Naomi answered. She told us that when her family moved here from Sri Lanka, her parents got baptized and she went to church with them. But since then they had fallen away, and Naomi told us she would be interested in learning more again. Such a miracle!

The best part of Saturday was when we went to help a woman named Kimberly move into our area. So Thursday we received her as a media referral from the Long Beach mission. They said that they had taught her the restoration and that she would be moving into our ward boundaries that weekend. So we called her and set up a time for us to go. It was super last minute, but we were able to have 5 members come and help out. And Kimberly is AMAZING. She literally told us she wants to learn everything we have to teach her. She’s so prepared, we are so excited to teach her! And with the help of the members we were able to unpack all of her stuff in under an hour. Wooo.

It was such a good week. I’m so grateful for the gospel, and for the Holy Ghost which guides my every step. I’m so grateful to be a missionary, especially during the best time of the year!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love,

Sister Martinez πŸŽ„

Service at stop hunger now!

Got to see Sister Paulson today!! ❀️

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