All of us right outside the temple doors! Fransisco is in between Elder Fitt & Elder Fong!
Wow! That's all I can say is wow! This week was so good! We were oh so blessed! I don't think I have had a more successful week in my whole mission than this past week, and it's all because we were exactly obedient! We found some of the smallest things that we could work on, like dropping some of the slang in English and Spanish, and following the white handbook 100%; and then watched miracles come! I wish I could tell y'all how amazing the week was in one email, but I'll try my best!
So Monday was absolutely great we had a couple lessons and taught this girl named Eliana! She is about our age, and doesn't know too much about God so we did a lot of explaining which was really powerful! After we shared the first vision with her, she asked, " wow do you really believe that's true"? As we bore testimony of the truth and bore witness that it's by and though the Book of Mormon that we can know the truthfulness of the restoration of the gospel her eyes lit up😳! She told us that she would read and find out it's true😆! What a powerful way to start out the week!
Then we had Tuesday come around the corner!! First we got to have interviews with President Mortensen! He is such an inspired man! He shared with me the story of the Brother of Jared in the BOM! He talked about how whenever there is a story about someone traveling on or through the water, it always is applied to life! In the story of the Brother of Jared, the only way they were able to get to the promise land was by the winds that carried the barges! This family went through storms and were engulfed about in the sea, but because they put ALL their faith in the Lord, were HOPEFUL and were EXACTLY obedient, they made it to the promise land! It was ONLY through the winds and the waves that they could get to the promise land! Remember whatever you are going through that as you put your faith in the savior and are obedient he will deliver you through your struggles! I love our Mission President! So inspired! Then after interviews we went finding, and we found a whole family! We found them in one of the poorest areas in our mission! It's like being in a 3rd world country! We shared a very powerful message of hope, through the Restoration, with them! The mom wants to see a change in her life and her family’s lives so she committed to reading the BOM! It's moments like those where time is so treasured! I love the gospel y'all! This work changes people's lives!
Wednesday humbled us, with almost all of our lessons falling through! So we prayed where to go while looking and searching on a map, and then Elder Fitt and I were inspired and picked the same place to knock! So we were like, ok let's go! 2nd door we knocked, we found a family of 3😆!!! They were cooking outside and we went and stood with them and taught the whole restoration! They all accepted a baptismal invitation! It was amazing! Then we went back out on the street and there was a guy getting on his bike and we asked him if there were any Hispanics in this area, and then he said yeah and pointed out every Hispanics house haha! So we knocked them and had a couple return appointments after! Straight blessings🔆!
Thursday was a great day as well! But I'll skip to Friday! We had the opportunity to go to the temple with one of Elder Fitt's recent converts to do baptisms for the dead! It's a huge blessing having a temple only 40 minutes away! I know there are so many people who have to take a whole day to get to the temple! But the spirit was so strong, and as Fransisco did the baptisms for his Grandpa, the spirit became even stronger! He loved it and we could tell it was a powerful moment!
Saturday I had the opportunity to go up to H6 and do an exchange with one of my best friends Elder Pogroszewski! We had a lot of fun, and worked really hard! We both came out together and started in the areas we both are in right now! So it was great talking about ol times! We taught a powerful lesson with this one woman who would not believe the apostasy! We shared a scripture in Matthew and she switched topics, then we hammered the BOM, and she got quieter! She actually said she would read, which was really powerful! So we will see where that goes! The BOM is so amazing, and changes lives!
Sunday was a great way to finish the week! We had one of our main investigators named Blanca come to church! She loved it! She is absolutely incredible too! On the train ride to church she was sitting by someone and asked them if they would like to go to church or English class with her! Man, she's already doing missionary work and she's not even a member! I love her haha! Also we had a great lesson with a part member family and we taught like 5 kids The Plan of Salvation! It was awesome teaching it so simple, and helping the kids understand! It was powerful!
Well y'all! That's all I got! This week was so amazing, and I feel so blessed the Lord can trust two 19 year olds and one 21 year old, missionaries to do his work! Remember the Lord will always bless, but first we must act! I love acting! The blessings are incredible after! Thanks for all the support and love y'all give! Have an amazing week!
Love Elder Heiner
Elder Fong and I at the temple!
Elder Pogroszewski and I