Hello everyone!! HAPPY NEW YEAR! We rang in the new year at 9pm because we’re party animals. I hope everyone has a wonderful year filled with lots of joy!
It was a really awesome week in Placentia! One of the best parts of this week was that we were able to involve so many members in our teaching and finding. We really do serve in such an amazing ward, with so many members who are willing to help out and do missionary work.
Tuesday we had our first real lesson with our investigator Rogelyn. It was so great! We were able to have it in a member’s home which was awesome. Rogelyn was raised LDS but was never baptized, and she met missionaries randomly in Santa Ana and decided she wants to make some changes in her life and be baptized. It will be a long road with her, due to some lifestyle changes and whatnot, but we love her so much and are so grateful to be helping her. Please keep her in your prayers 🙂
Tuesday night we had a lesson with a less active/recent convert family. We have a Family Home Evening with them every week, and are trying to help them prepare to go to the temple. This week we taught them about keeping the sabbath day holy, and did an activity. So often we talk about the things that we can’t do on a Sunday, but there’s so many things that we CAN do! We did this activity with them: https://www.lds.org/blog/theres-really-no-such-thing-as-a-sabbath-cannot?lang=eng and it was so wonderful. They have three kids, ages 9 and under and they were so excited to use some of their ideas in the can on Sundays.
Wednesday night we had a lesson with our investigator Al. He has been taught by missionaries for almost 4 years and has never progressed. Our plan for this lesson was really to see why he was interested but doesn’t keep commitments, and see how we can help him. We were able to have a member there, which helped so much. It helped Al understand the importance of knowing if the gospel is true. We shared Alma 5:45-46 which really helped him realize that this is something he needs to pray about for himself. We were able to recommit him to read, pray, and come to church. We’re hoping that after 4 years, things will finally be able to move in the right direction.
This week we had so many awesome experiences with meeting people who are interested that live in other areas. I have such a strong testimony of finding people to teach for other areas or language programs. We have met so many wonderful people, and although we won’t be able to teach them ourselves, they will be taught about the gospel!! Its such a sweet experience to meet people for other missionaries. It’s like a gift exchange hahah.
Well it’s the last week of the transfer, which means Sister Harrison and I are halfway through training! I can’t believe it. Time is flying, but there is plenty of work to be done. I love being a missionary!! The gospel is true. Jesus Christ lives. I love you all.
Sister Martinez 💕
We had a "California snowball fight" last week for P-day!
It’s been raining sooo much here!