Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 25: Merry Christmas!!

Dear Family and Friends!!! Can you believe that it is almost Christmas? I can't wait! In Texas, Christmas is exactly the same as Utah except it's 75 degrees and absolutely no snow; it's very sad. It's super weird because the coldest it has gotten here is like 40 degrees, but that was like 1 night. So it is a lot different temperature wise. But we still have a lot of lights and houses decked out and ready for SANTA to come. Plus we have been saying a lot of Elf quotes and The Grinch quotes. So it still feels like Christmas. But the best thing about Christmas is, it is just a time a happiness and joy. So many more people are willing to talk to us. It's pretty incredible!

So I got a new companion and he is super cool. His personality is very similar to mine so it has been a lot of fun. We even payed basketball with a couple of super cocky kids, and we destroyed them. So fun!!!

Tuvimos algunos milagros que pasó este semana pasada. (We had some miracles that happened this past week). This week our Zone Leaders have come out with a commitment for each one of us to do, and that is to invite at least one person to be baptized each day. If every companionship invites at least one person to be baptized each day for 2 weeks we are going to have a zone activity. That's pretty awesome for us because our zone has about 30 missionaries, and can you imagine how many baptismal invitations that will be in 2 weeks. Most definitely a lot! We have already seen a few miracles that have come from doing this as well.

One miracle we had was we went to a part member family's house for dinner and the father (Brother Morris, who is not a member, and the only reason he isn't a member is because he needs to file his divorce papers, and get divorced) started talking about one of his friends who lives close by who is interested in the gospel, and could potentially be someone really interested in the gospel. Brother Morris said that next time we come out to his house, we can go knock his buddy's house. This is called a referral. Referrals are amazing, and have made an impact in my mission because the two people that have been baptized on my mission were referrals. So I am so excited to go knock his door this week. After dinner we started the lesson, and the lesson that we had planned in nightly planning was the atonement of Jesus Christ. So we shared Alma 7:11-14. The spirit was really strong as we bore witness of our saviors atonement how he bore ALL the sins of the world, temptations, pains and sicknesses of every person. At the end of the lesson Brother Morris said that scripture hit him really hard. He realized that he has had so many blessings and he  knows that this is what he should do, is file his paperwork and be baptized. It's so AMAZING! We re-invited him to be baptized on January 31st, and he accepted the invitation. We are so excited for him, but not only him, but we are so excited for his kids to finally have a Melchezidek priesthood holder in the family. I'm positive that the kids (who are members) have been praying for a long time, to one day get the chance to see their father and mother's baptism. This is an amazing work that is happening!!!

Another couple miracles that we had were we went out finding in a trailer park with tons of Hispanics. We call it little Mexico because so many people speak English in Navasota, so it was fun speaking Spanish again. But we went out finding for 2 hours and found 2 families of 4 and one of the families, we had an entire restoration lesson with them and invited them to be baptized. They said that they would, if they know more. It was so amazing.

Last night we had a lesson with one of our investigators named James. We taught him the plan of salvation, and the spirit was really strong. It was funny because Elder Atkinson and I both forgot our English scriptures and I forgot my IPad in the car. All we had were Spanish scriptures but luckily James lives with a someone who is less active and she had scriptures, so we just used hers. But at the end of the lesson we invited him to be baptized as well and he said: "if I know enough I'll be baptized". So we set his date for January 31st 2016. It was super sick!

So we have had a lot of success and we are looking forward. Merry Christmas everyone. I am so excited for this Christmas. Everyone remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. Our Savior Jesus Christ has given us everything, and a second chance. I invite all of you to watch: Why we need a Savior, and share to a friend or put it on social media. I love all of you. Have a great Christmas.

Love Elder Heiner

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