Monday, November 26, 2012

Four Thanksgiving Dinners 11/26/2012

Dear Family,

Hello everyone!  How was Thanksgiving?  We had four dinners that day.  I tried to eat as little as possible while still being polite, but got way too full at every one's dinners.  They were all just so good!  And....ididntgetanypicturessorrymom.

BUT it was a great week.  We had a lesson with a man we tracted into a few weeks ago named Miguel.  We've been trying to meet up with him for a very long time.  We read through the doctrine of Christ with him and halfway through he asked if it would be okay for him to be baptized if he was already baptized into another church.  We were so surprised!  But also way excited!  He is going to be baptized on December 22.  He was really excited.  He's had some problems in his growing up years but now he's completely turned his life around and wants to get closer to God, but wants to do it the right way.  He's so awesome!  He realized a couple weeks ago (before we'd even taught him a lesson) that he knows he needs to go to church on Sundays so he quit his job.  He wasn't able to be there this Sunday because he had to take his dad back to Mexico.  At his lesson, we brought a girl in the ward who has been undecided about if she wants to go on a mission when she turns 19.  She had so much fun and now she's really thinking she wants to go!  It was fun to help her out as well.

We also taught Angela.  Finally.  She's been having a lot of doubts lately.  There have been a lot of things happen to her in the past and she's having a really hard time dealing with them right now.  She started smoking again, which is too bad, but she can still overcome that.  She hasn't read in a while, but she read after we saw her last night and read again this morning and she said she's feeling a little better.  I think there are three things that really help us to feel the spirit and to stay in tune.  Those things are reading the scriptures, saying our prayers, and being obedient to all the commandments of God.  That's something that I've noticed.  If people start to struggle spiritually, they're not doing at least one of those three things as well as they ought to.  Especially with being obedient, if they're not going to church.  I've realized that our spirits are like muscles and if we don't keep exercising them by church, prayer, and reading, they're going to become weaker.  So we talked to her about getting back into those good habits and how doing those things will help her through all the hard times that lay ahead.  She's a strong person and I think she'll be able to overcome all of her doubts and worries.

We had dinner with the Hernandez's on Thanksgiving.  They won't be getting married any time soon, unfortunately.  They COULD, but there are a lot of reasons why they are going to wait.  Until April-ish.  :(  That's so far away!  We're going to keep working with them, though and see if we can help them to move that up a little sooner.

Anyway, not much else to report on for this week.  We have transfers coming up this weekend.  I'm sure things will be changing up a little bit, so I'll let you know all about that on next Monday. 

Love you all!  Hope you enjoy being in cooler weather while it's still 80s-90s here!  Happy almost December!

-Sister Stacey

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