Howdy y'all!! This week was fantastic, we had amazing experiences. The blessings really poured down this week especially on Sunday. The beginning of the week was really slow and we didn't have too much success but from Thursday on amazing things started to happen. Quick shout out to Maddy Heiner for making Chamber Choir! I knew you would make it! Also another quick shout out to Tyler Edman who is ready to set out on his mission to Raleigh North Carolina on Wednesday! You’re going to kill it Ty! Alrighty, let’s get to it!
Martes (Tuesday): We had a lot of lessons fall through, but that is the life of a missionary. We tried visiting a lot of the people we had found the previous week, but to no avail we had no luck! Later that night we taught one of our investigators named Serafin. We read with him in Mosiah 3 which talks a lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ (really great chapter, I encourage y'all to read it sometime). I'm so glad we planned to read with him because there were little kids in the room who were playing tag and going crazy, it kind of reminded me of Family Home Evening back home haha! He is learning so much and we hope that he can make the Gospel of Jesus Christ a focus in his life.
Miércoles (Wednesday): So many new things we learned happened on Wednesday, and some that were really funny. President Mortensen has given us guidance to find all possible service opportunities we can do in Navasota. So we got the chance to talk to the Service director from Navasota in our City Hall building, and she gave us a ton of ideas on how we can give service. It's awesome, we are really looking forward to the service that is coming up in the next few weeks. One of the biggest church organizations in Navasota is the first Baptist faith. So at 8:00pm there were a lot of people outside of the First Baptist church, and we went up and started talking to them about how we could help them in any way. We talked to 4 main guys and we even talked to the youth pastor. It was a completely new experience for me, but it was so much fun getting out of my comfort zone. These people were so nice! They do a lot of service, so we are excited for the future blessings as we serve others from different religions. I know that service leads to friendship which leads to relationships being strengthened, which allows hearts to be softened!
Jueves (Thursday): We had a very inspiring day. We had Zone Conference and we learned so many things from President. I absolutely love hearing from President, he is so inspiring and he has helped me personally so much throughout my mission. We talked a lot about our body language when teaching investigators. Body language is key, because no one is going to us when we aren't engaged in the lesson. During the Zone Conference we got the chance to role play and practice what we taught. We had the coolest experience. We got the chance to role play with the ASL missionaries. Elder Boekweg is deaf and his companion Elder Roberts were signing everything to us and talking at the same time. It was so cool. It was a once in a life time experience, so cool. Those guys are studs, and they both were so much fun to watch with all their facialexpressions, it was so amazing!
Viernes (Friday): I am so pumped for college because I got the chance to go on an exchange with Elder Renaurd up on the campus of Texas A&M. We first went out contacting and it was a blast contacting college students. I contacted this one girl named Sabrina who is super cool, and she spoke fluent Spanish as well as English so I got to talk to her in Spanish. Her whole family lives in College Station and they all can only speak Spanish, so we are definitely going to have the Brazos Elders teach them. Then later I contacted this student from China. He was so hard to understand! I wish I had Elder Fong with me so he could just go off in Chinese, but his English was good enough that I could get the just of what he was saying. It was so funny because he was walking with someone and when I stopped him, his buddy just kept walking haha. He finally realized that his friend was gone after like 200 yards and then looked back. It was really funny. Elder Renaurd couldn't stop laughing! His name was Song Zhai, and he was a really cool contact as well. We had a couple of lessons. One was with a girl named Diana. She is really cool and understands a lot about the Gospel. I love exchanges because I get to learn how other people teach. Elder Renaurd and I were teaching the Plan of Salvation, and we both taught it very differently so it was an adventure, but a good one at that. She even accepted a baptismal date. I'm so excited for those elders. Later we taught a guy named Adam. He has been taught by the missionaries for a while and the lesson we were going to teach him, he knew already. So it was a on the spot lesson. Elder Renaurd has a few weeks left in the mission and he has definitely learned a lot, and he slayed the lesson. The spirit was so thick you could cut it with a knife. The most chilling moment of the lesson was when Elder Renaurd said," Adam, the Lord needs you on his side"! It was an incredible lesson. Side note: we had a member present and he was a return missionary of a few years and one of his companions in his mission was Kyle Collinsworth, so we got to talk afterward about that, it was pretty sweet! Every Friday the YSA do a Friday fun night, and the missionaries can join if they get an investigator to come, and we did get an investigator to come. So we played capture the flag with these nylon socks filled with flour in them. The only way you could get someone out was you had to throw the flour balls at people. It was so fun. I was covered in flour afterwards. It was an amazing day and made me so excited for College!
Sabado (Saturday): We taught an investigator named Kelly. She was having a lot of Adversity in her life, and she didn't really understand the, WHY, of the Book of Mormon. So explained the BOM in detail and the spirit brought tears out of her eyes. It was an incredible moment. The Book of Mormon changes lives and brings the spirit more fully into our lives. We also taught the Gonzales family (They have 5 people in their family and the Father and the son are baptized but the mom and daughters are not). They are a family we have been working with for a long time, and they have never come to church. We committed them to come to one hour of church on Sunday and we promised them that they would be able to accomplish everything they would need to on Sunday. The spirit was also very strong in that lesson as well.
Domingo (Sunday): The definition of Sunday February 21, 2016 is Aaaawwwwweeeeeeessssssoooooommmmmeeeee! Is was one of the best Sunday's I've had on my mission. I had some extra time before church and I was reading the Book of Mormon and I felt the spirit so strongly. At church though, we had 9 investigators show up. Usually every Sunday we have 4 Eternigators that show up, but yesterday none of them showed up, rather we had 9 of our focus investigators show up to church. Also the whole Gonzales family showed up. I was talking to a member and he told us that he has never seen the entire family come to church! It was definitely a miracle. Kelly and her husband came to church, along with Serafin and his Sister. We also had Andrew Pruitt our investigator with a bap date, and also a person we are teaching from Clases de ingles. Overall we had 80 people in attendance. The highest I have ever seen is 71. It was so fun to watch everyone come in. The blessings were so great. When you put hard work in, the Lord is going to bless you, and we saw the blessings as we finished out the week.
I love all y'all. If you have any trials or concerns in your life, dive into the Book of Mormon. It has blessed me immensely this week, and it has blessed me and so many others in times of difficulty. Have a fantastic week!!
Love, Elder Heiner