Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 13: Lions and Panthers and Bears...Oh My!!

Oh my goshness, I feel that all the days keep blurring together. Elder Christensen has the same problem, because we were teaching an English class, and E. Christensen told everyone (this is like 25 people): Hey the next class will be on Thursday he said it like 3 times, and then I told him, Hey, you know today is Thursday? For the next 15 minutes he was telling me: How is it Thursday, there is no way that it is Thursday, like it can't be Thursday. I told him it would be ok, and that was that. Anyways this week was sad and happy all at the same time. Since it is a new transfer, two Hermanas (Sisters) in our transfer left. It was sad, because we were the closest district in the field, and it felt like the MTC all over again. Elder Christensen was feeling down too. He was telling me that it usually doesn't feel this sad when you switch districts, but it was. We lost Hermana Marlowe, and Hermana Perry, who were both awesome, but that's ok, cause we got Hermana Tate and Hermana Bues. I don't have any pictures of Bues and Tate, so you are just going to have to imagine them. Hermana Bues just came in and it feels weird because I'm not the newest one in our district anymore. But it still feels like I just got here. Gosch time flies!!!! One thing that was awesome that didn't relate to missionary work, was we got to go to the Houston Zoo for P day last week. We took the tracks, and got to go see some aminals (yes I misspelled that on purpose). Twas a fun P day for sure. 

Anyways this week we got the opportunity to teach Raul. He is a new investigator from English Class. We taught him about being baptized, and we asked him: why do you think Jesus Christ was baptized for us if he was a perfect being? He told us: Well he first had to set the example, because if he didn't do it than why would we have to, so yeah its because he had to set the example. We were both astonished because we were about to tell him the same thing. We told him that: it was by the correct power and authority from God in which he was baptized, and for that reason, is why he went to John the Baptist. We asked him if he would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by that same power and authority that was was used when Jesus was baptized? He told us that he would love to, but that he wants to make sure that he is ready. We made him feel loved and told him that we are there for him. So now we got another baptism in October. Estoy muy animado!!! (I am very animated)

On Thursday we got to teach Raul again and we taught him the Plan of Salvation, and we had a member present named Juan. Juan is like 23, and is a couple years off his mission, and is an amaaazzzinngg teacher. I was struggling to teach in my broken Spanish, and then Juan finished it and made it beautiful. So awesome. Having a member in a lesson is amazing, because they are another witness, but also they are the key for that investigators future, because us missionaries won't be in this area forever, but the members will be there for a while, so it is awesome to have members to be a witness and a friend. 

Wednesday was a great learning day. It had its ups and its downs, and I learned so much. Elder Christensen and I had some pep talks too. I was struggling because I felt that nothing was happening that day, but Elder Christensen has a talent, at listening and lifting someone back up. In missionary Lingo, when a trainer gets a trainee they call them their son, and I get to call him dad. Usually the trainee stops calling his trainer dad within the first week, but I still do it all the time. He really is like a father figure, because he has been serving a mission for 20 months. We have had at least 2 or 3 long talks together each week in the 7 weeks he's been my comp. We also had dinner at the Castillos on Wednesday, and they were getting back late because they got a flat tire, but they stopped by a food truck, and got fajitas, and I can honestly say: I believe that it was the best fajita meat I've ever had in my life. My first bite, I literally said OHHH MYY GOOOSSSHHH, super loud. Someone asked if I was ok, and I was like: this is the best thing ever!!! It was pretty great. 

Well this week I have had my challenges and my miracles. I have been praying for a certain thing on my mission, and yesterday I finally received the inspiration and the revelation that I was searching for. I can testify to you that Heavenly Father really does answer our prayers. I have become best friends with my savior Jesus Christ and also my Father in Heaven. I know they are watching out for each and everyone of us. 

Heavenly Father is waiting to answer your prayers, so for that reason, is why you must first pray. I don't know if I have shared this yet, but I have a favorite quote from a movie, that says: If you build it, he will come. I turned it around to make it say: If you seek it . . . IT will come. If you are willing to go for something, it WILL come. I know this to be true. 

Have fun all you fine people and I love all of y'all. 

Love Elder Heiner

P.S. The movie is Field of Dreams if any of you didn't know.

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