What a great week! It went by SUPER slow...but still went by fast at the same time...hmm...maybe it's just me. Anyways!
We have many new investigators! And they all seem pretty solid. The most progressing investigadora right now is named Josephina. She is a very sweet old lady who is the aunt of the Cedillo family. While teaching Samantha, we found her! She started coming to church one week, and we didn't know who she was, but eventually we found her again, and we're teaching her now. :) She is totally prepared. She's having a little bit of a rough time, but she continually tells us that God has given her "muchas fuerzas!" So although she has been through so much, she is super strong in her faith. Her husband passed away a couple years ago for her, and it was super rough on her. She gets emotional though when she tells us about how within the next week, missionaries appeared at her door and helped her out so much. Also, just before her husband died, she was hit by a car and they left her for dead. After a YEAR in the hospital, she recovered, and now has problems walking. They definitely prepared her down there though as she went to church and felt the Savior's love through the service they rendered to her. She has a baptismal date for the 23rd with Samantha. :) They are going to share that special day together before she leaves to go back to Durango, Mexico on the 1st of March. They're both coming along so well!
Along with Josephina, we also found a new investigator named Crystal this week while dissecting the area book. She is progressing very well, also! We've already had two lessons with her, she is reading the Book of Mormon, and already came to church! Which is surprising, because it seems like usually the hardest thing to get the investigators to do here is go to church, but they've been doing a great job lately! :) I love our whole teaching pool, they're great! We are also teaching a couple families that seem like they have a great foundation as well.
Speaking of church, this week was our Stake Conference. We were joined by a couple of Elders from the Quorums of the Seventy as the Stake Presidency was released and recalled. President Villegas is the new Stake President! I know that probably doesn't mean anything to you, but if you are reading this Hno Thompson, how great is that? :) He is an AWESOME leader, and I know he will do a great job serving this stake. All callings come from God, and it's a blessing to have the ability to receive that revelation from Him.
The more humorous moment of the week came as the family sitting in front of us at Stake Conference decided to take a little bunny out of their purse right in the middle of the meeting. That's right, you heard correctly, a bunny! It was the strangest thing I've seen happen yet during church haha. All us Elders were entertained and confused ha.
We also enjoyed celebrating the birthdays of Julie and Nacho Lopez this week as Laura took us all out to enjoy Red Robin together. :) It was a fun little gathering and the food was delicious! I love the Lopez Family! :)
Well, another week down, another to go! This was a pretty good week, and I look forward to this coming week. The work is hastening here in this area, and I love being a part of it. The people are just so great! I hope all is well with you, and that you have a Happy Valentine's Day! :)
"When faced with a trial of faith-whatever you do, you don't step away from the Church! Distancing yourself from the kingdom of God during a trial of your faith is like learbing the safety of a secure storm cellar just as the tornado comes into view. When you are faced with a test of faith, stay within the safety and security of the household of God. There is always a place for you here. No trial is so large we can't overcome it together." Elder Neil L. Andersen (recent talk in General Conference...check it out, it's great!)