I can't believe it's another Easter week in the field! I remember a year ago we were passing out copies of "The Living Christ" like they were candy! I love being in the field at this time. It's cool to testify of the reality of the resurrection instead of focusing on the pain of the crucifixion. We have a goal to teach all the members and less actives this week about the hope and happiness we receive when we gain a testimony of the Resurrection. It shall be great! Plus, chocolate bunnies are in abundance over here so we are loving our lives right now.
This week flew! We didn't have nearly as many meetings as the week before so it was a super good work week. Hermana Barnes and I set some solid goals and have both committed to expect miracles on a daily basis. Tuesday night we were so stoked to go out and just work our tails off and see it all pay off! We literally knocked on door after door after door and no one was answering. It was easy to get discouraged haha. But we kept thinking to ourselves "Just one more door.....just one more door" over and over again. Finally, at 8:45 an investigator answered and we had an incredible lesson with her. Working so hard and just trying one more time at one more door paid off in one simple lesson, and we went home happy. But on Wednesday we got SO dang blessed with all the miracles we saw! We taught 9 solid lessons and added 4 new people that day. We felt like the the quality of our teaching was better than it's ever been and that the people actually heard what we were telling them. We kept that mindset of "expect miracles" all day, and we saw them. We both feel that because we worked so hard without so much success on Tuesday night that we were both able to show Heavenly Father that we are willing to go and do "just one more thing" for Him, and that the next day we were blessed because of it. Wednesday was one of my favorite days of the mission, mainly because I felt like we learned how to really call down the powers of heaven to assist us in their work. It feels so good to go and work and know without a doubt that great things will happen!
We had a really cool lesson with an investigator named Priscilla. She's from the Philippines and she opened waaaay up during our lesson! She told us this story about how her late husband over there was part of basically the Filipino version of the mafia over there and when he died she had to leave her 8 month old son over there so she could escape being killed by his family (intense, much?). She was 4 months pregnant at the time and she told us about the guilt she felt because she left her son over there with her ex-mother in law. She went on to explain how she has been trying to get in contact with him ever since, and she finally found him on facebook just a few weeks ago!! They now chat back and forth and her son told her that her ex mother in law never told him anything bad about his mom, and that he was safe and happy. I will never forget the look on her face when she just stared at us with tears in her eyes and said, "God is good. So good.". She said it with such power and conviction that I couldn't believe she hadn't been a member all her life. Cool moment!
Because we gave away all of our progressing investigators and half of our other ones because of the new companionship in the area, we've been majorly praying for some new people to teach. There's a city called Lakeside that we cover that we don't do a whole lot of work in because we've never been able to find success. But this past week the English elders over there have been working so hard and trying to contact people in Spanish that they've given us like 10 referrals for people over there! Most of which are families! They asked us about how to say different things in Spanish and have been totally killing it over there as a result! We would be totally lost without those elders and because of they're work we've added 7 new investigators in the past week over in Lakeside! They are getting a big plate of cookies sometime soon.
President Clayton told us about a media campaign going on on mormon.org entitled "Because of Him"-he showed us one of the videos and it's sooooooooooooooooo sick you HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT!
We had a mission presidents fireside (hermana barnes and i arranged a "that easter morn" quartet. it was lovely if i do say so myself) and one of the recent converts went up to the podium to bear her testimony and said "we don't have bouncy houses or coffee or concerts or anything like that, but we will be petitioning for a food court soon so keep an eye out for that!". The investigators that were there got so excited. We needed to do some damage control after that one haha.
Have such a solid and wonderful week! Eat a lot of ham. Know that I love y'all so dang much and you're always in my prayers!!