Hello, Hello! So transfer news is here and it looks like I am staying in the Lands of Wood. Elder Phister is leaving. I'm really going to miss him. We have worked hard together and have had a ton of fun! He's a great missionary and has helped me out a ton! But I'm really excited for this next transfer. We are now working with a couple of really good families that are showing a ton of progression. We have a lot of great plans to help get this area back on track! I find out who my new companion is tonight, whoever it is, we are going to bless so many people's lives. So this week was awesome. We got the chance to go to the temple on Wednesday, hence the Worship Wednesday (just like back home)!! But I'll get into the happenings of the temple a bit later. This week I have really felt the spirit bless others this week. We have been working hard and our efforts are beginning to pay off. I'm really excited to tell yall what went down this week!
Tuesday: Elder Blackford and I got to go on a exchange (he is basically like my 2nd companion). We had a lot of fun. We had the chance to go do service at Special Angels, our Special needs facility. We went and played basketball (we rebound, and encourage) with them and it was a lot of fun. I was shooting with this guy named Aaron and he is so cute, and he actually is really good at shooting. We played for about 1 hour and a half and he hit at least 10 3's which is really good! Aaron and I were getting so excited! I love working with the Lord's chosen children. Later we went to dinner and we ate at a members house, and it was so good. I don't know what Hispanics do to make food that much better, but man the food was so good! We also saw Carlos and Janet Lux, we have been having a hard time seeing them right now. We love them to death and we are going to do whatever it takes to help them come into the fold of God!
Wednesday: So yeah, we went to the Temple and it was really amazing. As I went I was looking for all the symbolism in the temple that is related to the Plan of Salvation, and their is so much!! It is so incredible. I was able to do baptisms for the dead, confirmations, initiatories, and the Endownment session for Ursula Shwiezer (he is a guy). I felt his presence so strongly as I was there. I'm so excited to give him a hug one day on the other side!!! So that was an amazing blessing. Then after the temple it started raining and it just came down. Buckets of water were just dumping, and all the streets were flooding. We got stuck in traffic for 2 hours. We had to cancel all of our appointments but it was still an amazing day.
Thursday: Guess what, I went on another exchange with Elder Blackford. We taught one of the most powerful lessons I have taught in my mission. We are teaching the Hernandez family. There are 4 total, and we taught them the end of the Restoration. But first we asked them what they remembered, and the first thing they said was how Jesus Christ got baptized by a prophet who had keys, but now the keys have been taken from the Earth and we can't be baptized like Jesus was! They understood so well. They also told us everything that we taught them from last week. Well as we began teaching them, the spirit began to grow stronger and stronger and peaked at the first vision. As I quoted the first vision, the spirit illuminated. Mayela (the mom) was tearing up, and Gerardo jr. (the son) said he felt so much peace. We taught about the BOM and they said they were going to read. We also asked them if they would be baptized by someone who has the keys and power of God and they said, yeah of course!! So we are so excited for them!
Friday: We had Zone Meeting and it was great! We learned a lot about showing our faith in setting baptismal dates. Our zone has been struggling with baptisms recently and we had so many great teachings on how better our abilities while preparing to set a fecha. I learned a lot and am excited to set a few dates in the upcoming weeks!
Saturday: We taught a new family that we are working with who have a lot of potential. We also went and taught the Hernandez family again and taught them about the BOM. As we were going over it they literally remembered everything that Elder Blackford and I taught them. Like we would asked them, so what is the BOM and immediately Gerardo Jr. said, es semejante a la biblia, we were like yeah, and do you remember where it was written, and immediately again el dijo; en las americas. That is how it went the whole time. We also read with them in 1st Nephi chapter 1 and they understand the BOM so well.
Sunday: We didn't have too much go on, but I love every week how I am able to renew my salvation with my Heavenly Father. I know that through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we can all return to live with our Heavenly Father and live there with our families!!!
I love this gospel so much!! I love my Savior!!! I love the Book of Mormon! I love the spirit!!! It leads and guides me every day!!! I love Hispanics and for the love that they have for everyone (most of them)!! I am so grateful to be serving a mission and am thankful for all of you who are serving right now! Keep up the hard work! You will see miracles in your lives as you keep your eyes on the Savior.
I love you all so much! Thank you all for all the birthday wishes. It meant so much!!! Thanks!!!
Have a great week!
Love Elder Heiner