September 5, 2016
This week was Fantastic! We have seen so many miracles in our area as we have been preparing to get down to some serious work this transfer. When I got to this area last week, I saw that we didn't have very many investigators to work with. So last week, we prayed and fasted that we would be able to find people to teach! And we have definitely seen the Lord's help this week!
First off, we dedicated almost a full afternoon to contacting people in the streets and through our contacting efforts, we got to know two great families that are very nice and that listened and chatted with us for a long while and that we can definitely continue visiting.
Then, for our weekly planning session last week, we got out the old Area Books and found all of the Teaching Records for past investigators. We then called up every old investigator that had come to church before. We were able to put about five appointments for this week through these Teaching Records.
Saturday night, we passed by the Bishop's house. We chatted a little bit, then I just asked him if there was anything we could do to help him or if there's any members of the ward that worry him that we could visit to strengthen or help. He then rattled off a list of about 15 families of the ward, in which not all of the family members are baptized that he said we could pass by to visit.
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting. The Bishop asked us if we could share our testimonies. So we did. I shared my testimony on the importance of missionary work, I told everyone that I am new to the ward and that I am super excited to get to know everyone and get to work with them to help and rescue our friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters. After sacrament meeting, everyone was so nice and came over to talk with us. We got several more references of people to go visit. After church, we had a meeting with our Ward Mission Leader and the Ward Missionaries. They said that they had not had this meeting in several months, but that now they want to get back into the swing of things and have the meeting every week. We also set up times with the ward missionaries to have them come work with us.
It has been a really Great Week. I have loved getting to see the Lord's hand as he has helped us to get the work going in this area and as he has helped us to find the people that we have been praying to find.
I love this area! Elder Menendez is a super great missionary and a very hard worker. He's a great motivator and we're getting along very well. The District is going well and we're all getting down to work!
I love you all!