Saturday, August 3, 2013

(118) ovejas perdidas

                                                         29 Jul 2013

We surpassed all of our goals (except baptisms of course) and we got a ton of member presents this week, which was our goal, and I gained such a testimony of the power of setting goals. Really, especially as missionaries the Lord always helps us reach our goals somehow. We have had weeks where we just set them without thinking about it and work hard, but if we take the time to PRAY for help we always meet them.

Story time: so our zone has been setting goals for baptismal invitations, our monthly goal for our companionship was 12. So we were going along, inviting investigators as we felt prompted too, and we ended up yesterday with 11 out of the 12 we needed by that night. so being the stubborn person that I am (luckily me and hermana anderson are the same person and hermana santidrian just goes with the flow) we set out at 8 pm last night walking around our neighborhood looking for the last person who needed to be invited to be baptized. so it's getting dark, the air is starting to smell like Eugene at night (if you catch my drift), so we decide to go down one more block past our house and loop around (It's always at the last minute. I guess so it can make a better story later). There is literally NO ONE outside, we talk to two people in forty minutes...but alas we are turning the corner home and run into a guy who says hi and within the first few sentences says he is looking for a church. What. That doesn't happen in English. so we keep chatting and he is totally open, he knows God saved his life for a purpose, and wants to come to church first (THIS IS WHY I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN THE ENGLISH PROGRAM SOMETIMES), and when I invited him to be baptized he said Absolutely! TRUE STORY. And he's a Christian rapper, which just makes it even better. Moral of the story: ASK FOR HELP meeting goals. you always will!

and the highlight of the week was that we got a less active family we've been working with to church!! they came EARLY and brought the whole family (except the dad who was working) including the daughter's boyfriend, and everyone except those two stayed all three hours and we didn't even get to talk to her because different members kept whisking her away so quickly to sit by them and chat (which is fine really, hermana santidrian is the only missionary that's ever been able to understand her (including all the native speakers) and half the ward can't. I have been extremely blessed with the gift of tongues and have been able to get the gist of what she is saying enough so she thinks I can understand her and I can respond. Ish.) BUT IT FELT SO GOOD I haven't had any baptisms yet but I'm pretty sure it's the same feeling. we almost had three investigators at church! one flaked last minute, one really was sick, and our baptismal date came. but the bishop is coming to our lessons with him now and I really think he can make it.

AH so much happening. I'm probably going to get transferred (yes right now when EVERYTHING is happening and our ward is about to explode in a good way) next week...we'll see. AH don't want to leave...unless it's to brazil...even then it'll be hard. Quien sabe. well I will know by saturday if I'm leaving, so I'll find out soon! If not our zone leaders literally made it a goal to "go nuts" this next transfer and invite and talk to EVERYONE (they are seriously going crazy), so it should be a pachanga here.

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