Our friend in the ward Jesus Gutierrez
Familia Aleman- we had a great lesson with Hermana and she really opened up to us. We talked about the power of prayer and how it can give us comfort and direction. We are afraid Hermano has started drinking again so we are trying to figure out how we can best help there family. The kids want to come to church so bad but the parents are being lazy and starting to ignore us. The girls BEG us to come over, teach them and bring them to church. Hopefully we can get things rolling and help them gain the desire, even if it's just for the kids at first.
Wednesday we stopped by to visit Anna Mata (remember we used to teach her) because we were in the area. We found out she was moving and needs help. So we had the whole district come over and we loaded the truck and put things in storage. It was a lot of fun and she really appreciated the help. She wants to come to church now haha. So we will see, but it was a great opportunity to show our love and that we all care for her.
I want to tell you about one of my great friends Jesus Gutierrez! When I first got to the area he had not been to church in years (he was baptized about 2 years ago). We have been working with them and now he comes just about every week. He is the greatest! He is so funny but has a lot of self doubt and is hard on himself. His family lives in Mexico and is working to get money to go live with them again, (it's been 8 years). They talk on the phone or skype everyday. My heart aches that he is so far away from them. We hope he can go back soon and bring them the gospel! :)
We found Olga this week and she is awesome. She really enjoyed the restoration lesson and seems interested. We are going back to teach her tonight. Last lesson Hermana Sharp used more Spanish!! She is slowly getting a little more comfortable with the language, I am so proud of her!
We decided to not give up on Francisco and so we stopped by and invited him to an English baptism. He said sure and he came! The baptism was for James from the YSA ward. It was so awesome! Bu,t Francisco felt so uncomfortable and there was not a good spirit with him. It was so sad, the spirit was so strong. He left as soon as it was over and said he was feeling terrible. He is not living in harmony with God's commandments and it is really having an impact on his spirit and those around :( We will wait a while before we contact again. We know he felt the spirit but still wants to deny God. It is hard to watch.
We had correlation with the Bishop at his house this week because the ward mission leader will be gone for 2 months. It was so great to have the Bishop give us counsel and the names of members that can help. Just more ideas. We are starting to have the ward help us a lot more which will really helps the work to progress! :)
Funny stories. So remember how I hate oranges? Well that is how Hermana Sharp feels about mushrooms. So we went to a members house and sure enough there was mushroom soup. She was FREAKING OUT! Now, I don't really enjoy soup (you know that) but I ate mine, then when the member got up to get something from the kitchen we switched and I finished hers for her. I was SOO full. We were trying so hard not to laugh. It was great and Hermana Sharp was so grateful. Now, if only she can do that for me next time we get fed beans...haha.
The Relief Society is singing in sacrament in a few weeks and I will admit, I am kind of nervous... haha. They like to have their own tune and "out sing each other" yesterday two hermanas were fighting over who sang louder and better during practices...haha. Hermana Sharp plays the piano and she can't even play along because it sounds so off. It is so funny. An adventure for sure...haha. Relief Society is my favorite part of church sometimes.
Well I hope you had a great week! Sorry this email was so scattered. We really need to find those seachers, keep us in your prayers! I love you so much! :)