Wow time flies when you are having fun (Elder Freeman that was for you). This week was fun, stressful, a bit nerve racking, and FAST!!! Our mission does an event called 8 week Follow-up. What it is, is all the missionaries who came into the field on August 12, get to have a big meeting with nuestro Presidente (our President), to see the progress on our teaching. Prior to the meeting, we had to complete 3 outlines of the first 3 lessons in PMG (Restoration, Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ). Before the 8 week follow up, on Monday and Tuesday, I was stressing so much. I thought we were going have to teach all three lessons, but thankfully we just taught parts of each lesson. It was awesome to see Elder Fitt and Hermana Bowman, because it brought back good memories from the MTC. It was weird how much I missed them. It felt like just yesterday when we were the only ones left in our tiny MTC room, just the 3 of us, being taught by Hermano Mecham. It's crazy that it's already been a transfer and a half since leaving the CCM (MTC). Anyways, when we started teaching during 8 week, President came over and sat right next to me. I was like "come on President you could have sat by 29 other missionaries." He stayed for like 10 min to hear my lesson about the Apostasy (btw our lessons were in Spanish, and I struggle with teaching in Spanish, English is just fine, but Spanish es mas dificil ((is more difficult)). Finally he left and it was a relief, like I was much happier. Before he left he gave me a few pointers to practice Spanish more (I saw that one coming haha), and to simplify things down. I'm grateful for the guidance that he gave. I know that the gospel doesn't have to be complicated. If the spirit bears witness to the investigator that these things are true, it doesn't have to be super long. Overall 8 week was a great experience. I learned so much. Elder Christensen and I have already been using a lot of the tips that were given.
Guess what . . . It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time (EXTRA EMPHASIS)!!!! But we lost the Jelly. But that's ok. On Thursday we got the opportunity to go to a peanut butter factory, to help serve. Every month, a companionship in our zone gets to go to the Peanut Butter factory, and make and process peanut butter. We had heard a lot of good things about it. When we got there, the guy who was introducing it, told us: You all are going to love your jobs extra much after you do this job. I was like, why? (All scared and such, was my face). So for 5 hours we basically put lids on to the peanut butter. The time went by soooo slow. I think someone might have turned the clock back a couple hours, because it just dragged on and on. But don't worry, I am pretty good at putting on lids. You guys would be proud. Well on that note, lets get to some milagros (miracles).
This week was packed with things to do. We didn't have too much time to go finding, but we managed to open up a slot of 45 minutes on Thursday to go knock some doors. We had found this giant apartment complex that was really hidden, that had never been knocked in the history of Elder Christensen's Liberty experience (Liberty is the name of our area), entonces (then) we didn't know what to expect. On our 3rd door there was this 6 year old girl was looking at us through the window of her apartment, and just was not going to open the door. Finally her mom came, and we did our door approach and the mom let us in. The little girl was absolutely sure that we were the cops!!! It was really funny and cute all at the same time. The husband came into the room and we taught both of them the beginning of the Plan of Salvation (there names are Hector and Jennifer). The spirit was super strong and they were glued onto us. We had just finished telling them where we came from, when we left them on a cliff hanger at why we are here. It was kind of like when my mom told my sister and I stories when we were small, and said, "I'll tell you tomorrow"; It was like that. I was even shocked that we left them off right there. But I know it left them wanting more, which is what we know they need. We are going to meet with them on Wednesday and are really excited. In the rest of that 45 minute period we had knocked, maybe 10 doors, and had found 4 new investigators. Heavenly Father blesses his children when they put an effort to accomplish a goal.
Another miracle was partaking the sacrament. It was amazing to renew my covenants with Heavenly Father, after not doing so in 2 weeks. Sacrament meeting felt extra special. I am grateful for the opportunity to renew my baptismal covenants every single week, and be clean. It is an incredible blessing to take the sacrament that should never be taken lightly, and I am oh so grateful for it.
Thanks Mom, you are the best mom in the whole wide earth. Thanks family for the lovely box of happiness. The pictures from home are so cute. I can't believe you found giant stuffed bears at Costco. Everyone looks and sounds like they're doing so good. I love it.
Well I hope all of you have a splendid week. Remember that you can get through any trial with the help of the Lord. Even if it is something smaller, like learning a new language. I know that y'all can do it. Because everyone is a child of God, and He loves us, so He will help us along the way.
Hasta Luego everyone.
Love Elder Heiner