This week was one of the slowest and fastest weeks I've had! I don't know how that works but it does. But I'm so excited to talk to all of y'all today. First thing is Happy Easter next week🐰🍳 (I couldn't find a normal egg so I guess that's just what I'm going to have to work with)!!!!! But I'm so excited for Easter; we have been going around and sharing the new Hallelujah video with everyone. I absolutely love my savior for giving me the opportunity to live again, especially with my family. Well Elder Phister and I have been contacting off the wazoo. We went contacting almost every day this past week and we had very little success. But each and every one of those days where we went out and contacted we saw small blessings come. It wasn't until Sunday where we had a load of blessings come in. But one of the things that Elder Phister and I say all the time is, with so much emphasis is: "Contacting Works!!" Because as we focus on the positive, our lives are more positive. The same goes with the negative, as we focus on the negative our lives will be more negative. But this week was pretty darn positive!
Did y'all know at Spanish is difficult to learn, I didn't realize that until I jumped back into a Spanish Ward. Well it is pretty tough, but wow, Spanish is awesome! I feel like a brand new missionary, talking about this, haha. But what's even more awesome are the people who speak Spanish. Each and every person (casi) who speaks Spanish is so nice! The culture is so much different and it is a blast because there are so many people from so many different places here. For example, we have 3 main investigators and they are all from different countries. One is from Honduras (he's very difficult to understand), one from Venezuela, and the other is from Mexico. So I love being a part of the different cultures otra vez.
One of the highlights of the week was that we got the chance to go to the temple. Our president is very big on Family History work, so for the past few months he has planned for each of us to have the chance to go to the temple only if we have one of our family names. I got one!!! None of the work had been done for the family member I found so I got the chance to do all the work in the temple for him. It was such a great experience to be able to do baptisms, confirmations initiatories, and the endowment. It was a very spiritual moment! I'm so grateful that we have the opportunity to give those who have passed on a chance to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is incredible that our loving Heavenly Father has provided the way for these miracles to occur. I encourage all those reading this to get a temple recommend, if you don't have one do all you can to do so. But if you already have one, stay worthy of it, and go as much as you can! There is no other place on Earth where you can feel more peace! Uhh, the temple is amazing!!!
On Friday and Saturday we went out finding for most of the day, and we found a lot of closed doors and Jehovah Witness flyers (we were collecting them to see how many we could get, I had 6 by the end). But one miracle was, after a hard day of contacting, we had this kid come up to us and ask us if we could help him find a job. We told him our church is all service but if he comes to church someone could help him out. He also told us that he is super excited because he has been trying to come closer to God. It's pretty incredible, when we go out and do the work of the Lord, he will bless us!
On Sunday we had a great day at church, and I got the chance to go to the young men's classroom and share a thought with them. It went really well. We are focusing on everyone being missionary minded, and all the youth said that they would love to come out with us. So we are going to get them and their parents out with us. At church we had one of our English class members come named Jose, and we got to teach the Restoration with him after church. We taught it at a park, and it was freezing cold yesterday! As we taught it Elder Phister were both tripping up on our words because of the cold, but the spirit really took over. He came to America from Venezuela to learn English, so he could go back and teach kids how to talk and write in English. He said that he was going to a church, but he felt like he needed something more. So when he came to our church he stayed for the whole 3 hours and was telling everyone that he feels like this could be the church he is looking for. At the beginning of the lesson we had with him he asked u what the name of this lesson is and we told him it is the Restoration, he was confused but we told him to wait just a bit and we will explain. As we started he really understood the need for prophets and why they were so important. He understood all of Christ's earthly ministry but didn't think that the church of Jesus Christ fell. But Elder Phister pulled out Matthew 21:43 and he was blown away. As we shared the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon he understood why the lesson was called the Restoration. He said that he was really excited to read the Book of Mormon as well. He also accepted a soft baptismal invitation. He is awesome and so prepared. I love it! He was also telling us that he wants his family in Venezuela to go to this church too! Aaaaahhhhhhhh it was amazing! Isn't it incredible that after a long week of little success the Lord gives us a diamond, someone who is looking and searching for the Gospel? I love this work!!!
Throughout the rest of the day we went contacting and we had a ton of success. It's funny how that works! We even found a family that had been baptized but is extremely less active. They aren't even in our records, and we had a lesson with them and committed them to church. So many miracles happened this week. It was just incredible!
Spiritual thought: I had the opportunity to read Mosiah 5 this past week and it is a very powerful chapter. My favorite verse is one that many of you may have read over many times, but it is verse 15. This scripture describes and promises the blessings that we will have only when we are steadfast, immovable and always abounding in good works. I encourage all y'all to read Mosiah 5 and find ways to how you can apply this chapter to your lives!
I love all of you so much and hope you have a fantastic week!
Love, Elder Heiner