Buenas Dias FAM! :)Well yay..... crazy day, and miracle in the end.... M was baptized this last week! :) Saturday as we were getting everything ready for her baptism, we called her and she told us that her cousin passed away and she was going to the funeral and didn’t know if she wanted to get baptized. We were sad, but didn’t want to her to feel we were pushing her to get baptized, if that was not what she wanted. :( But later that day as we walked by the church to give back the keys of the chapel, M was there in front with her towel ready to be baptized. Oh M :) So we called up Presidente V and we filled up the pila in the other chapel (because ours didn’t have any more water that day.) and M was baptized. :) Crazy day, but I am grateful for all the prayers that I know you guys offered for her. She is going to seminary right now with her friend K who introduced us to her.Another reason I know Heavenly Father answers prayers was this week, Hermana G and I went to go visit some of the new investigators we found in this part of Talanga that is a little farther out. When we got there, after we taught with one hermana who was not too interested in the end... not one of our other investigators was there! So after going to a couple houses, we started walking back to where the buses are. We saw one of the hermanas we taught outside with some guy. So we walked over to talk with them and found out that the guy was her spouse and they are not married, but have one son. He was baptized in our church when he was 16. We taught with them a small lesson about how families can be together forever, and then started talking about the Atonement and reptentacne. He said there were things he still needed to repent of, but I could tell he still remembered about what he had learned from the other missionaries who baptized him. He told us that he hadn’t prayed in years, but the day before he had a feeling in his heart that he should pray, and he did. And then the next day, we found him. We invited them to come to church with us Sunday, and even though they didn’t come yesterday :( I know that Heavenly Father loves us all, and through his sons and daughters we can help others feel his love and know that he is aware of us.Let’s see, also this week we had an activity in the park, and we made these huge cut outs of cardboard with our district to contact people about the Book of Mormon and the Bible and how we believe in BOTH! It was actually really good, and we talked to a lot of people. Unfortunately most of the contacts are for the other missionaries in their area, but we are doing it again Saturday :)I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and understand more now of how blessed we are that Heavenly Father gave us a second testament of his Son. This week we had interviews with Pres, and I always love talking with him! He had us this week work on memorizing a scripture from the Book of Mormon about the Atonement. We have taught so many people this week about the Book of Mormon, that this week I chose the scripture in 1 Nephi 25: 23, 25 where it talks about why our prophets wrote the Book of Mormon… so that our children will know where to look for the remission of their sins. (memorized it in spanish) :)But I have never felt closer to my Savior than I have now, reading and applying the words of the scriptures in my life. Like Nephi I Delight in reading the words from our prophets!!! I know that our Savior lives. I know that He came to earth to take upon Him our sins, and pains, and sorrows all because we needed a Redeemer to return to live with Heaveanly Father. I know that They love us, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church of God on earth today.Love you all so much! Thank you for all your prayers for the people here. Keep in your prayers this week B to recieve an answer to his prayer that Joseph Smith was a true ´prophet, and that the family we are teaching will have time to listen to us again this week because they are always busy right now :( (E and D)Love,Hermana Nichols
Monday, April 27, 2015
Well this week in the mission, President wanted every companionship to strive to find 50 new investigators... whoo.... Hermana G and I worked hard to find those new investigators who are ready to be baptized :) We ended the week with 44. Now the goal is to help and find those who can progress.This week K, who is the son of a less active got baptized! :) Unfortunately, M who was also supposed to get baptized did not. :( So keep M in your prayers to help her remember why she wanted to be baptized.Yesterday Hermana G and I had an awesome lesson with one of our investigators E and her husband. We have taught them before, but the husband was not interested, and only believes in the Bible and didnt want to pray to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet and was super negative. E however is the sister of one of the members and is super positive. For her husband, she couldn’t come to church becuase he didn’t want her to. But these past few weeks have been a little different :) She came to church last week with her daughters! :) We came to their house last night and even though it seemed like her husband did not want to listen again, we taught the Plan of Salvation with them. We talked a lot about the Spirit World and how we do baptisms for the dead, and how Christ visited the spirits in Spirit Prison. It was super interesting for them, and D her husband who knows a lot about the Bible was a little doubtful because he said that he had never heard that after we die people can have another chance to hear and accept the gospel. But Hermana E told us about her dream she had:She said that she had dreamed that her brother who had died was waiting in front of a door and she was there sitting with him. He told her that he waiting to enter, but that he stil had faith and patience that he would be able to enter. He told her that she needed to keep doing good things so that she would not have to wait like him. Wow super interesting! Even though she said that her sister has already done the work for him and her family in the temple, we told her and D that our decisions not only affect us here on earth but for generations! And that there are still famliy members waiting for them to do their work! Well, we still are trying to work with the husband who is super hard, but keep E and D in your prayers that they will be able to feel the spirit testify of the importance of being baptized again in the true church of Jesus Christ.Love you all! Super Hot here in Talanga.... haha Hope all is well! And super sad to her about Uncle Herb, :( Tell everyone hi for me!Love,Hermana Nichols
Thursday, April 2, 2015
So today I found out that I'm staying in Talanga! :) WHOO HOO! I thought I was for sure leaving, but surprise! haha I'm super excited Hermana G and I have another change together! So we will be on those long bus rides again this next change too! haha :)
So this week Jose M got baptized and confirmed! :) He is 15 years old, and his mom got baptized last July. Hermana G and I are strengthening the YMs group here. haha But we figured it is all good, becuase that is one of the areas this branch was lacking :) But our other converts, U, D, and A who are also in YM are all doing well :) and sometimes are the only ones along with J at the beginning of the YM activities here. haha (I know how that is) We are hoping J's dad will want to follow their example soon.
This week was also a little sad because AN, who we had taught and who was super positive and was already living like all of the commandments and laws that we live, who had already gone to church with her aunt, told us last week that she didn't want us to teach her anymore :( She told us it was because that her mom, who lives in a different city is Evengelica and wants her to go to a church here that is Evengelica. Oh man, we tried explaining to her about how she had already prayed about Jose Smith and she had gotten an answer, She said that she had prayed and felt good, but that her mom didn't want her to come to our chruch. :( Maybe it is for other reasons too, because she is 24 years old. But we talked about how our decisions not only affect us here, but after this life as well. Hermana G said she has the opportunity right now to learn about this gospel here on earth. Super sad, we went back 2 times to make sure that this is what she wanted, but in the end, I have learned that we can't make the choices for people. :(
As I was reading in JSH again this week about the first vision, it's like when Joseph Smith describes his day when there were so many churches and so much confusion. Oh man, just walking down the street there are SO many churches proclaiming Halleluyah and singing and chanting, people are SO confused. Contacting one family on the street I invited him and his family to listen to our message and was saying how this gospel has brought so much happiness in my life and I know that this could bring happiness in his life and with his family. He got really offended and started asking me if I didn't think he was happy now, and how our church is the Church of Satan... and yikes. But we invited them to General Conference haha in the end, and later found out that he was the pastor of some church. So there are others who are more prepared to recieve this message :)
I know that Faith is the first principle of our gospel for a reason. AN didn't progress like I thought she would, becuase she didn't choose to excercise her faith and do something! I know that having Faith in Jesus Christ or not, really can make or break a person, and that I am grateful for all the examples in the scriptures who show us that after the trial of our faith comes our testimonies and blessings.
I know that trials are the only way to test our faith, and for this it is so sad for us to see people who decide otherwise.
Love and miss you all!!