Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 14: General Conference and I was Stalked?

Our awesome zone. Take 1.

This week went by so fast, and not too much happened. We had a ton of lessons fall through, which was super sad, but sometimes those kind of things happen on the mission. Everyone says that they don't have any time. It was really funny because we went out finding and we knocked this door and the person said: sorry I don't have enough time, but she was watching TV. and I was like, come on I've heard better excuses than that. But that's ok, she just wasn't prepared by the Lord to hear the truth, but maybe one day she'll be ready.

A few things that happened this week that are pretty amazing is, we got 4 referrals this past week. Elder Christensen said that it has been so long since we had even received one referral. I definitely have a testimony that every member is a missionary. One of those referrals was from a less active named Hermana Cosillo, and the guys named is Joe. He speaks English, and he definitely has been prepared by the Lord. We taught him the restoration and he felt the spirit very strong. We asked him if he can read and pray about if these things that we taught him about are true. He told us that he is a bad reader but that he will try.  We followed up with him and he said that he had read for 3 hours. He would read the Book of Mormon, then ponder it, and then read again. He read 5 chapters, but when he told us about them, he knew those chapters. He didn't just read to read, yet he read to be spiritually nourished. Plus he came to the priesthood session and then came to both sessions on Sunday. We are excited, because we are going to set a baptismal date with him tonight for November 1st. He is so prepared.

We have another huge blessing that has come up in the past 2 weeks. Lorenzo, the guy we just baptized, his son who is 17 just got here from Salvador. Lorenzo has been teaching everything starting from the restoration, and his son is understanding it. Man I love Lorenzo. Milton, is Lorenzo's son's name, has come to church twice, and we are going to set a baptismal date the next time we go over to his house. Lorenzo has more of his family still coming over from Salvador and I can definitely see this family one day being sealed in the temple. 

So General Conference was absolutely splendid. I had a lot of questions going in which most of them were answered within the first session on Saturday. My favorite talk was by Dieter F Uchtdorf and I loved when he said this, "Brothers and sisters, if you ever think that the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you. God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is really a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord. As you exercise a little faith and begin your walk as a peaceable follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, your heart will change. Your whole being will be filled with light. God will help you become something greater than you ever thought possible. And you will discover that the gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed working in your life". Many times we have doubts with the gospel, or within ourselves. In that moment when you are feeling defeated, take a step back, and look at your life from a higher plane. Don't look at yourself through mortal eyes, because you might miss something, look at yourself the way our Heavenly Father sees you. I know that you will see a difference.

Thanks everyone for your support and help with getting me to this point. Thanks mom and dad for the packages, and the coat. Even though it still is 80 degrees every day, I have heard it gets freezing, like Elder Fong in Canada haha, but thanks again. Tell Kim and Janise thanks for the package and the card. Also can you ask Grandma and Grandpa if  they knew a Tonya Anderson from Star valley, because she is in my English ward and she said she grew up with some Heiner's in Star Valley. I also love hearing how the families doing and I'm glad that William actually loves me. That was the #cutestvideo ever. I'm also glad dad didn't stalk me when he was here. You didn't, right dad?!!!! Cause if you did I would have gotten all crazy up in here!!! Probably not right here or anywhere but you never know. But it was really weird knowing that he was in my area. Plus we went to visit a guy kind of close to the Castillos, so technically I was like 2 minutes away by car from my padre (father), so that was crazy!!!! 

I love you all and I love hearing how your lives and missions are going. Stay strong, and never forget that your Heavenly Father loves you. He has a plan for all of you.

All of you, stay #cute, and remember who you are. 
Hasta Luego 

Love Elder Heiner

Our awesome zone, take 2.

Here is us missionaries with some random people from the Houston 5th ward. Elder Nortons face is the best.
(He is on the right side of me.

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