What a crazy week it has been! It has felt like a roller coaster this week! So many exciting things are happening here and we are working hard! I'm grateful for the strength and renewal that Sundays bring as well as reading the Book of Mormon! Yesterday we didn't' get our studies done in the morning because of church so we didn't read the Book of Mormon until evening and I could definitely tell the difference!
We met with Thaina again this week. Our meeting with Thaina was really neat! We taught her about prayer because she was writing a paper on it for one of her classes and really wanted us to teach her more. I learned a lot from her as well! Thaina is a very optimistic and happy person! At the end we talked to her about praying to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. When I shared with her how I came to know the Book of Mormon was true, I felt an overwhelming feeling again that it was true! She told us about her brother and how her brother said very strongly that he knew that it was true and how she knows her brother is telling the truth. We invited her to pray about the Book of Mormon and also talked to her about baptism. She said she doesn't want one foot here and one foot there, she wants both feet in it if she is going to be baptized. But when we asked her what her concerns were about baptism or what is holding her back she thought about it and said, "nothing really." Thaina and her brother are planning on coming to church next week! Her brother is flying in from India.
Also, we met with Valerie again and taught her the Plan of Salvation, or part of it. It was a huge miracle that she came to church again this week! And this time with all of her kids and a cousin! It was a little chaotic, and her kids kept crying. Church can be difficult with little kids, but I hope she wasn't overwhelmed and was able to feel the Spirit while she was there. She said what she did get to listen to she liked.
The cookie exchange and nativity story for Relief Society was super successful! Sister Boldt invited our investigator, Linda, and brought her. We made cookies at a Mexican bakery where one of the members works. Her name is Rosa. She has not come to church for awhile but her son is preparing to go on a mission. Well, we made cookies there with her and she came with us to the cookie exchange! It was really fun! Okay dad, you are going to say I told you so but, I wish I would have known a little Spanish so I could communicate better with her and her family. :) Luckily my companion does. Also, we knocked on the door of this lady that lives next to the church building and invited her to the cookie exchange and she came! It was super exciting! Afterwards she wanted to donate money but we wouldn't accept it. She seemed kind of embarrassed. I hope we get to see her again!
Nicole told us this week she doesn't think this is for her and doesn't want to meet with us anymore. I wish we could have helped her resolve her concerns, or find out what they were more. It was very sudden. But on the bright side, her daughter is a member and is still going to have that example and influence in her life! I'm so grateful for the gospel and for Book of Mormon! We read in 3 Nephi this morning, chapters 11-20 and it was fantastic! What a treasure the Book of Mormon is! "And he did smile upon them again." 3 Nephi 19:30 :)
Well, I love you! The church is dazzlingly true!
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