Sounds like you all had a great week. Sounds really fun. So guess what. Do you
remember my companion Hna crawley that was waiting for her visa to Argentina. And kelsi Jensen from high school. They totally went on exchanges in Argentina! So crazy. Talk about a small world!
But this week was awesome we found 7 new investigators had tonnnns of lessons and almost died because of the heat. It was so hot and when I'm sitting in a lesson and I can taste dry salt sweat on my face it's too hot. Not healthy to ride a bike so much in that kind of heat. That lasted a few days and now it's normal. Thank goodness too. Poor Alecc in that Texan heat. I'm sure he got use to it. Naty gave us frozen chocolate cover strawberries and bananas and I had to go for a smoothie run. Hijole! We almost got killed by multiple dogs yesterday. Story one:opened fence and dog came out of no where and pounced by we were on our game and slammed the fence. Could have sworn it had rabies and was possessed by satan. Story two:ever dog we walked by scared us tried to jump the fence and just barked hysterically. Story three: two people were talking and and we walked by them and one of there dogs went right for my foot. The owner was really quick to pull the leash back but that was a close one because my foot was all wet from the dogs mouth...... My comp and I walk away quickly and she says "I hate dogs". I have grown a fear for dogs on my mission too. They are evil over here and satan is working through them.
Maggie is getting baptized next week. Poor thing she is loosing hope with her dialysis. But she wants baptism. And lots of our other investigators want it too. It is amazing that the covenant of baptism can really start the pathway to eternal life. These people are aching for it.
We also met a less active family this week that I just fell in love with there are eight children only met 5 but there is a 17 yr old boy a 14 yr old and a 7 yr old. And let me tell you that it made me miss you guys. Juana the mom was wishing that her kids were little again and that it could be the way it use to be, she cried like you too mom. and I felt like I could relate to them so well. My heart is with this family and you can see the difference they feel by not going to church. But they will go! And they will become active and be a forever family like mine!
Anyone that reads this, I would like to just say that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on the earth today. And if you want true happiness this where you will find it. And if you have found it never leave it. Not even for a moment.
I love you so much and have a good pascua or Easter! Xoxox
Love Hna Quezada
Looks like you had a good Easter. The pictures are cute. And about Jarod! That's awesome. That made my whole week. Have him write me. And boys. Your lame for not painting eggs with mom. Don't make her cry anymore. I'll do it next year with you!
What a week. Well I should say what a weekend. Lots happened and it was...
so after getting ready Saturday morning we hopped on a bus at 8:30 to go have breakfast with our investigators. Have you ever had eggs, bacon, beans and salsa all mixed together. It's bomb. I was really impressed. They are really starting to like us. It's interesting because this couple was kinda a miracle they were the ones that the wife told us not to come back but then her husband invited us to come back and made his wife listen too. They are really sweet and the spirit is really working with them. She becomes more open every time we teach or we see her. I think the breaker was when she found out that we are apart from our families for so long. We sang for them too and they really liked it. We then get on another bus to go all away to our church building for the primary Easter activity (which is super far btw). That was really enjoyable. And we had a lot of non members there. I got to do lots of face painting and hide all the eggs.
The sad part about this weekend was that Maggie had to push her date back for something that she did. Satan really works on these sweet people that are trying to better and improve their lives. The disappointment I felt was indescribable. My heart physically hurt. Not even a good game of soccer cheered me up. I was really bummed. I can't even imagine how Heavenly Father feels when his children break the commandments after knowing them and knowing that they shouldn't. BUT the good thing about not being able to talk to your mom when you want to is that you have to and get to rely and talk to your Heavenly Father. He listened to me that night. Just let me talk and get it all out. And Maggie is getting baptized still we just have to work with her a little bit longer. And she came to church yesterday with her sister and almost to be brother in law who are also getting baptized here shortly. If I love gods children this much then it's amazing on how much he loves us. Each one of us!
But speaking about church. We had so many investigators there. Two families. 7 people. On Sunday morning we went to the Sandoval family and knocked... Silent. Called. No answer. Booo. But don't lose the faith. 8:15 am we are in front of there house they are our ride to church and they aren't even up. BUT they called back. Said they would be ready in 20 min. Ha! that's funny. So we come back after 20 min and nope not even close to ready so we help we try to get some order to all the craziness. Crazy hair, tired faces, some empty bellies, but hey they got there. We left the 2 teenage boys because they wouldn't get up. But we all packed into the car and off we went. And since it was easter(that shouldn't be an excuse) the chapel was packed! And there were lots of treats and lots of people to greet and make them feel welcomed. I think they really liked it. Things we get to do on the mission. Priceless
Okay and for the big finally, even though Maggie didn't get baptized some did. Remember 6 months ago when I was teaching naty and Jocelyn and they got baptized. And natys husband would never listen. Well I moved to Covina and so did they. But into the elders area. I was on the elders pretty consistently to go and teach them. And well after a few months Marco (dad)and Josue (son)made a covenant with god yesterday. This moment was something that a will never forget and the fact that I got to watch the whole thing from begging to end. That made it one of the best moments on my mission. Marcos smile when he came out of the water. Is something I will never forget. His testimony about the whole process. Their vision of getting sealed in the temple. Jocelyn being very emotional because it rekindled her fire and reminded her on why she got baptized! I wish I could have given him a big hug! After the mission. In a year from next week. I will be in the LA temple watching a sealing and probably have an even more rewarding feeling then I have right now. This is what missionary work is about. This is why we serve missions. So that families can be together forever! I love them so much and I love this gospel. And being a missionary makes me feel Awesome.crazy.fun.tired.drained.spirit.sad.
joy. But I will do it! And I love it. The church is true. I hope you have a good week go find someone that needs the gospel each day. Member or not. Pray for it and it will happen. Xoxox
Love, Hna Quezada