Livonia, MI–July 8, 2013

Oi family!
So I wanted to get in this email before I forget/run out of time.
This week was awesome Monday we had an FHE with a member family and it was really fun. They have 9 kids haha full house-pretty awesome, gets me way stoked for FHE’s in my future family and until then with YOU ALL 🙂 Ps. How are FHE’s coming? song, prayer, lesson\discussion/bonding, game, treat? That’s all it takes and it really makes a huge difference in unifying families. I encourage you all to get into the habit if you’ve been slacking. In today’s world we need strong families and the “greatest work we will do will be within the walls of our own homes”. I know that’s true. 🙂 Hop to it!
We’ve been having fhe/lessons with member families in the ward to help strengthen their conversion. Sure we extend commitments to do missionary work (like passing out cards to someone) but we really want to help them understand principles of the gospel. For example scripture study and applying what we read, the importance of prophets who receive revelation from God to help guide us etc. It helps us missionaries gain member’s trust and friendship but even more so we leave knowing that we helped build their testimonies of the gospel. 🙂 EVERYONE is on a different spiritual level or understanding of the gospel so we really can help each other learn and grow in the gospel. No one should ever feel like they don’t know enough or have nothing to contribute-wrongooooo! False. Because of our own experiences and personalities we all have so much to share 🙂 Hence why we include ourselves in a “ward family” right??? Love it. Love this gospel. The church is true and that’s because Christ is the head of it. As it was and will always be 🙂
So this week we did a lot offfff……can you guess? FINDING haha what else can we do? So we picked up some new/potential investigators. I’ll keep you posted, we’ve noticed that people either love telling us no they’re not interested. Or that they’re too afraid and so we go to a set up appointment and they’re not home, or they don’t call us back or text when we try to set something up etc. Frustrating…people have their agency though, we are here to INVITE.
However, this week I went on exchanges (our sister training leader came to my area and sister Tafua left for the day to their area) with Sister Meecham. We stopped by the family that we found about a week ago (the greers) and talked with them for a bit. They’re doing A LOT of rennovations at their house and we offered to help which they kindly declined because they didn’t want to have us do that. Well we set up a time to come back and have a lesson with them that Saturday and they agreed. As soon as we were driving away we got a text from them asking if we could actually come over the next day (Thursday) and help them with the house before Saturday’s lesson. We were ecstatic! We came over the next day and did service and President & Sister Gerber came too! Pretty sweet to be in the Mission home’s area haha. So we helped clean out their garage and paint trim to put up in the house. President talked with Scott (the dad) and answered a lot of his questions. Before we left Scott told president the following “Ya know…I’ve been around a lot of people of many faiths but you guys are the first one’s I’ve seen that actually live what you teach”-WOW! We were amazed that he said that and so grateful. Even if They hadn’t accepted an invite to have a lesson with us we still would’ve gone over to their house to help. That’s what Christ would’ve done and as His representatives that’s what we do. So humbling 🙂  President suggested inviting that family for Saturday’s lesson at the mission home too for lunch so we invited them and they accepted!
The lesson went well it was more of answering their questions about Mormons, clearing up misconceptions and trying to get to know them better-again building trust. But they agreed to have another lesson with us on Wednesday. We will be teaching the restoration! We didn’t really get to it the last lesson,I am very excited! We are praying and studying our brains out hoping that we will be guided by the spirit. Can’t wait to tell you about it.
The Lord truly has been blessing us. Another miracle that happened was on thursday night 4th of July. Sister Tafua and I went out finding and it wasn’t going well. No one really wanted to talk to us or people weren’t home-of course it’s a holiday. As we were driving out of the neighborhood to go home we passed a house and I saw a person out on their front poor sitting there rummaging among some potted plants. My first thought was “hey! a black person (couldn’t tell the gender from this distance) we never get to talk with black people!” and then I thought about what time it was and what we had to do once we got back to the apartment etc. and then the other thought came to me “you should go talk to them, at least try”. So I told sister Tafua who said she hadn’t seen anyone and I assured her there was someone there. We stopped the car, said a prayer and walked outside to the house. It was a she after all, her name was Mercy,short for Mercedes and she was from Cuba. Beautiful woman, probably 60’s and she speaks Spanish. She was so pure. I had such a love for her as soon as we approached her-it was so incredible. She began to tell us about her life and then kept asking what we wanted from her. She couldn’t fathom that we were just there to talk with her. That we wanted her to either buy something from us or something. We talked with her about God and what us sisters were doing for these next 18 months. She was in awe. And commented on how rare that is, such selfless service for what? To simply help other people. She told us that she had been having the worst day she’d had in a long time. She keeps losing weight and the doctors couldn’t figure out why. She said that us coming and talking with her and feeling our love was from God. She invited us over for lunch on sunday. And sister Tafua asked if we could bring a friend with us, I looked at her puzzled and sister Tafua whispered to me “Sister Edwards”.  Mercy agreed after we told her the friend was from Argentina and mercy loves Argentines, and it was settled. We exchanged numbers said a prayer (I prayed in Portuguese and she understood most of it) then we left. As we walked back to the car sister tafua told me that sister Edwards face kept popping up in her mind as we talked with Mercy and knew we had to introduce the two. Sister Edwards is a member in our ward from Argentina, they’re family is amazing and she speaks Spanish fluently and is so loving/ We knew that’s what the spirit was directing. So even before Sister Edwards knew, we had already invited her to come to lunch with us and mercy sunday because we knew that’s what needed to happen haha. We called her on the way home and she said she’d love to come. Sadly the next day, Friday we got a call from mercy saying she couldn’t meet with us after all. And although we tried to set up another time she told us she’d call us sometime in the future. Now just isn’t the time. NOW I know that is such a bummer from this incredible story. BUT even though we won’t be teaching Mercy anytime soon, I know that the Lord is preparing people. And that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps we just needed to see Mercy that day to uplift her and for her to know that she is a daughter of God. Regardless of what the current situation is, we followed the spirit and a miracle happened.
I am so grateful for the soft and simple promptings of the holy spirit that leads us to help others. It was so subtle and quiet that I could’ve missed it as we were driving but I didn’t. I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunities everyday to bless other people’s lives. Whether they recognize it or not. I am His servant. 🙂
I love you all.
Remember how much Heavenly Father loves you most of all.

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