(The Garcia's are one of my favorite families!)
Hello again! Just to let y'all know, that this week was awesome! But to start off, we got transfer info and I am out of Sealy! It was an amazing 3 months. I got the chance to watch this area turn a 180! When I got here the members didn't really like the missionaries, the work was going no where, and the area was nick named: outer darkness! But after 3 months of working our tails off, and having a "It's time to ball out" and a "let's get pumped" mindset, we turned this place around to now be the promised land!! Also yesterday we had the chance to talk to our branch president, and he told us that, you know both of you were sent here for a reason because there were people who only y'all could help come back! And it is so true, because all of us (no matter if we are a full time missionary or not) are at a certain place to bless at least one of Heavenly Father's children! It's also amazing because as we put in our part, and give our all to the work of the Lord, not only will we be blessed but so many other people will be blessed! I just love the work of the Lord! It's so amazing😊!!
So let's kick off the week with last Monday! We had the chance to teach Maria! They all read in the Book of Mormon, so we got the opportunity to teach them the Plan of Salvation! It was a super powerful lesson! She usually doesn't understand that much when we teach, because she has short term memory loss, but she actually understood a lot! We were planning on setting a date with her this past week, but she had a family emergency to go to in Mexico, so the Elders will set the date in a couple of weeks😀!
Then Tuesday comes around the corner, and Tuesday and Wednesday are the two days we go harder than ever! We always have 4-5 hours of knocking planned out and we go hard! On Tuesday we found a lot of really open people! One of the people that we met was from the Philippines but she happened to live in Utah. She said that she loved the church there, and was about to get baptized but then moved to Texas . She said that when they moved, their daughter began to change and hung out with the wrong crowd, and then there was a downhill slope in their family! So we are planning to teach them this week, and see where it takes us! She could be a huge blessing! Later that night we went and visited the Rodriguez family (the miracle family from last week). When we got there they hadn't read in the Book of Mormon, but Jarrod had been watching bible videos and other videos about Christ for like 3 days straight after our first visit with him! He told us, "I'm sorry I didn't read the BOM, I just don't know anything, so I want to get a little bit more information on Jesus Christ before I read the Book" haha!! His wife was telling us that he should be a youth pastor haha! Don't worry by the time we are done with him he will be a young men's leader ☺️! So we read with them in the BOM, and helped answer a lot of questions! They weren't able to go to church, because of work, but we are still in the beginning stages with them, and I can see them having a baptismal date in the near future!
On Friday we had Zone Meeting and learned a lot of our vision as a zone and what we are going to do to accomplish our goals! It was really good and it helped us understand what we need to do to see more and more success in our zone!
(The Katy Zone!)
(Elders of Katy Zone! We all wore animal ties!)
Then let's jump on down to Sunday, church was amazing! We got the chance to teach the teenagers Sunday school class, and we had like 5 minutes to make something up! But we have a cool tool called "the spirit"!! I love the spirit😃!! We watched a talk called: It's never too early, It's never to late; by Bradley D Foster in the October 2015 General Conference! It talked a lot about how parents can better teach their children, but we related it to how we as members of the church of Jesus Christ can better teach our friends! Everyone was on-board and is excited to bring a friend to the next mutual activity! Salvation can be gained by one invitation! So are we going to be the ones to invite? It was cool to see the unity of that class! They are going to bless so many of their friends lives!
Well that is it y'all! I just want to let y'all know that the greatest
missionaries/members are those who put their trust in the Lord and choose the harder right, rather than the easier wrong! Keep choosing the right and the Lord will bless! I love you all! Make it a great week!
Love, Elder Heiner
(Elder Knight is dying and we had his funeral in District Meeting last week ;)
(Sealy, Texas: Oh how much I'm going to miss this place!)