I am glad to hear that Saturday was a success! It would be great to see our new backyard through some pictures...:)
It has been a crazy and good week this week! But the most monumental events took place towards the end of the week! Including surviving the hottest day of the year so far! :)
On Thursday we kind of pretty much said goodbye to President and Sister Jenkins! :( As they will be leaving at the end of this month! But I learned so much at our last meeting with them as they shared their testimonies! One of the greatest stories was that of one of President Jenkins's friends, who is a convert. He served a mission and at the beginning of his mission his mission president asked him what was his goal as a missionary and he said to have 50 converts by the end of his mission. As he was heading home on the plane he was talking to the lady next to him and he shared with her his experiences and the people he met and taught. While doing so he realized that he had 49 converts and was a little disappointed that he hadn't reached his goal. The lady then said to him, "I don't know if I believe what you are sharing with me, but I sure know that you do." He was his 50th convert! That is my greatest hope as a missionary that I will be able to leave my mission being more converted to the Savior and the restored gospel!
As the visitors' center trainer, I help plan meetings for the visitors' center and I "lead" a shift of sisters, so it would be comparable to a manager in the real world I guess is the best way to put it! I do still serve in the Visitors' Center and in the field and this week was great being in our area!
One of the best lessons we had this week was on Friday with Julia and Sixta and their husbands, Lelo and Carlos, as well as one of the recent converts of the ward, Fabian! It was so amazing to see how Fabian was able to share his testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! As we were teaching about repentance and baptism, Lelo looked a little discouraged when we taught that we can be completely clean from sin as we repent and are baptized! He then spoke up saying that it is very hard to be completely clean, but we were then able to go on to better explain the atonement and how it is through Jesus Christ that we can be made perfectly clean as we do our part and repent! What great hope there is to have that knowledge of the Savior and His role in God's plan!
On Saturday we moved Esperanza, one of our investigators, and her family into a home they have been waiting for for 10 years! They moved here from Mexico with nothing but the clothes on their backs about 11 years ago and they have lived in the same apartment (where we moved them from) for the past 10 years! And now they have moved into the house of their dreams! After our district had helped us move them all in, we stayed back to share with them one last lesson before we handed them off to the other sisters! As we sat there with Esperanza and her husband and their 2 children we could just feel the love and hope that filled the house to make it a home! :) It has been a great blessing to be a part of their journey as they have come to learn more about the hope that the Gospel can bring families!
I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice! In my Book of Mormon study I have come to better understand that it is only through faith in Him and His atoning sacrifice that we can receive salvation! I know that is true! And that there is no greater blessing than to share that message with people here in Mesa, Arizona!
I love you all so much! Thank you for your love and support! And hope that you enjoy your summer break with a little more time on your hands!
PS We were able to cook an egg in a pan outside! :)
It really works!