Monday, September 5, 2016

Marvelous Missionary Miracles!!!

¡Mis Amados Amigos!

The first week back in the field was Amazing!!!  I'm definitely loving to be able to work like a normal missionary again.  This week was just 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 the last Elder left this area, he didn't leave us with very many investigators to work with.  So last week, we prayed and fasted that we would be able to find people to teach!  And now I feel like we have so much work to do, I don't even know where to start!!!

First off, my companion spent a few days helping me get to know the members of the ward.  We also 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 and getting to know better.

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 old investigators.  

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 with his responsabilities, anyone he knows that we could help or teach, or 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, where 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 Special 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 know that he hears and answers our prayers and he has a plan for each of us to learn and grow.  He won't let life flow by easily without difficulties, but he will strengthen us and help us as we get down and get to work.

I Love this area!  I love this ward!  Elder Menendez is super Awesome!  We're having a blast and working hard here in La Noria.  :)  

You Are All Fantastic!!!  Thanks for all you do for me!  I Love You!

Elder Jarrett

P.S.  My District has Elder Bojorquez and Elder Hale (the two of them got sent together to Chinampas from Estrella), the Zone Leaders here (Elder Bautista and Elder Vejo), and a trio of Sisters now in Xochimilco (Hermanas Morales Sol, Rossalino, and Lopez).

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