Well, this week has been one of the hardest so far! But it’s also been one of the most rewarding! This was our First week serving in both the Warm Springs (WS) and Las Palmas ward! The Elders left us a pretty great area, we love our new ward!
On Tuesday we went and met all of our investigators in Las Palmas (LP), and they are amazing!
Edvin has a baptism date. He is going to be baptized on May 19th, because He is getting marries on May 12th to his Fiancé Lucy who is a member. Edvin told us his conversion story, He used to hate the church, he would make fun of the missionaries, he had anger issues and he said that he would "never join the Mormons" and this was all why he was dating Lucy, He had been going through the refiners fire, and after a while he humbled himself enough so that one day when Lucy decided to go to church on mother’s day he said he would go with her, and then he said it was okay if the missionaries came for dinner, and eventually he agreed to take the missionary discussions. And now he is preparing to get baptized and their goal is to get sealed in the temple a year from his baptism. Edvin is the sweetest man in the world, we love going over and teaching them, the person he has become is amazing, and he is almost done reading The Book of Mormon!
We also went over to meet a less active family in the Las Palmas ward, they have a son on a mission who is coming home in July and he told his mom that he wouldn't come home until she had read the Book of Mormon. The Elders told us we needed to go over and meet with her and help her keep reading. She loved the Elders and she had told them that she was afraid to get new girl missionaries. So we went over and started visiting with her and her young daughter and by the time we left she was so excited to have us in the ward, and we set up a time every week to go over and help her study and read!
Now here is an amazing story! Are you ready?! We got a referral from Salt Lake for a woman names Wendi. We had no information of her other than her address. So we went over on Wednesday with one of the Ladies in our ward, Sister West, and knocked on her door. After standing there for a while she finally opened the door, she stood there with a walker, looked at us and then said "well I thought you would have at least called first. Come in, Come in!" As we sat and talked with her we found out that she was born into the church, her mom was a convert but her dad wasn’t. Her mom was her best friend and she had died a little while ago. Wendi has had a hard life, she suffers from fibromyalgia, depression, PTSD, abuse, and is bipolar. But she is the sweetest lady in the world. She fell away from the church when she was young and then about 14 years ago she went back to church and her husband got baptized. He had a bad experience and stopped going to church so she stopped also. She hasn’t been to church in 13 years, and now because all of her health problems she can barely leave the house. As we talked with her about the temple, we told her she would see her mother again, she is watching out for her from heaven now. She started sobbing; then as we talked about the power of the atonement and how all the pain that has been inflicted upon us and that we have caused ourselves could be washed away she began crying harder. We met with her every day this week read scriptures with her and slowly helped her to see how the Savior love and the Atonement will be able to help her, no matter what! We found out that it was actually her friend who had requested the missionaries to come visit Wendi because she knew that Wendi had been humbled by her trials and was at a place where she would be willing to listen and ready to change! We invited her to come to church and she said she would think about it, so when we came by on Thursday we told her that we had it all worked out so that we would have a ride and everything would work out so she could come. She said that she didn't think she could do it. So I asked her what was stopping her and after a moment she said..."clothes" with her fibromyalgia she can wear clothes that put pressure on her skin at all because when there is pressure on her skin if feels like she is being stabbed all over her body; the only clothes she can wear are sweatpants and a baggy shirt. So I told her I had a solution. I brought her one of my dresses that was just a loose flowy fabric. And it fit perfectly! I told her that it was hers but she could only wear it if she went to church! And on Sunday she was there! She stayed all 3 hours even!
Sunday was crazy it was the first week we had both wards so we were running back and forth like crazy between the two! But we are excited about it!! Tons of other stuff happened this week but this is all I had time to share! I love you all!