Oh my family!
Ethel said she wants to go the temple!!!!! Cristian and Ethel are the couple we saw, thought they looked hispanic so we knocked. but they are moving!!!! we are so so sad. they have 2 little boys that have SOOOO much energy. They attack anyone, everyone, anything, everything. it was crazy the first visit with them but it has gotten better little by little. Sister Cedillo, Sister Oyanedel, and I are going to write our testimonies for them before they go. It was some needed good news. We have a lot of investigators that are coasting right now. they let us come but they are doing a whole lot. Sister Oyanedel and I are going to fast that we can learn quickly how to teach better together and that we may be inspired in how/where to use our time. We have had a lot of appointments. We really are working hard because we love the work and because we love the lord and because we love these people. We get nervous sometimes but we've been remembering something sister oyanedel once said. "There's no reason to be nervous when you are teaching the truth." I loved it when she said that! Paco was supposed to be baptized yesterday but he missed church for the second week in a row when he said he was coming the day before and he has canceled his appointments. we don't know what happened. It really does hurt when people you have grown to love reject the best thing they can possibly accept. We are working really hard. we have given out a lot of referrals this week :) just last night we prayed that we would be guided to the people that were prepared and needed the gospel. everyone we talked to wouldn't even let us give them a card but walking back to the car there was one person, claudia that accepted a return appointment. Whenever there are rough days or nobody listens or nobody opens the door the Lord always sends us someone or something to keep a smile on our face. Sometimes it's something someone says or maybe just a goofy looking guy on a scooter. I'm just amazed by the Lord. Sister Oyanedel and I sing for our investigators frequently. we like to sing how great thou art because it helps the investigators recognize how much the lord has done for them and in turn they have a greater desire to act. sorry the letter is scattered. we didn't have as much time today to write but know that i love you all! I'm so excited for Weston and the mission and i'm excited for Christian to get ready and go. "the best way to prepare for a mission is to be a missionary." be a missionary christian! sure love you and thank you again for everything you do! Hurrah for Israel!
|Cristian y Ethel|
Dear President Neider,
Another good week! Sister Oyandedel and I are working hard and having a good time together. She really is an incredible missionary already. After each lesson we've been doing a small evaluation on the way to the next appointment. I think it has been really good for the both of us because we both have great suggestions to make our teaching together better. I also love that she is so eager to learn. She is humble and takes suggestions well but she also gives suggestions in such a loving sensitive way. Thank you, President, for always following the spirit especially when assigning companions. I am so blessed. We are trying to prepare well for each and every lesson we have because it is a "sacred responsibility." Studying and practicing the lessons has taken a lot of time. To stay caught up on the 12 week program we have used our language study to read from Preach my Gospel in our second languages. It has been really good because we have studied together and we can hear it in our first language while following along in our second language. i hope that makes sense. We are focusing on balancing the teaching between the two of us as well as adding our testimonies to each others'. I hope that all made sense. This last week several of our investigators didn't keep their commitments nor appointments but it all turned out ok. Yesterday, one investigator, Ethel, told us that sometimes she is going to enter the temple. We have truly grown to love her. She is moving out of state in about a week and a half but she asked us to help her find the chapel there in Georgia. We are excited for her and her family to continue to see the blessings of the gospel. Even though there were moments of discouragement this week, it all seemed worth it to see Ethel excited about the gospel with the goal to get to the temple. Thank you President for all you do for us here. We love you! Hurrah for Israel!