Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 77: Feliz Navidad Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha!

Alright where do I begin! This week was amazing! We worked really hard and saw a lot of blessings! We worked hard at getting some splits in (where one of us takes a member and visits our investigators and the others go out and tract)! We were very successful in our finding efforts as we found 8 more new investigators and set two more baptismal dates for January with a guy named Justin and we reset the date we had with Areli! Areli is getting baptized in a couple weeks and we are super excited! 

Plus we had a merry merry Christmas! We had the chance to eat with the Pineda family on Christmas Eve and they stuffed us to the brim! And then on Christmas we talked to our families and it was amazing to talk to my family! I love y'all so much! It was such a great Christmas but what made it even more amazing was sharing the Christmas light with all of Gods children! We passed out so many cards and I know it made a difference here in Northside Houston! 

Well I hope y'alls Christmas was as Jolly as ours! If you're not having a jolly Christmas vacation, remember the first half of Christmas! Remember Christ, and what He did for us! But not only remember Him, but follow Him and He will give us the joy! I love you all so much! Keep making memories! 

Love, Elder Heiner


Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 76: Angels We Have Heard On High

This week was one to remember! Our area struggled a bit this week as Elder Fong and Elder Pigott had food poisoning, and some sickness, mainly because the cold finally rolled into Houston! On Saturday and Sunday it was 25 degrees with a high amount of humidity, it may not sound like it's that bad, but I'm so used to the 70 and 80 degree weather that I've lived in for 2 years that I forgot how to adapt in the cold haha! But we did a lot of great work as well! 

Some of the blessings that we received this week is we taught one of our investigators who's name is Joselyn, and her daughter Angeles (11 years old)! Elder Fong found them with one of the youth in our ward and we went back on Wednesday and taught her a powerful restoration lesson! About half way through, we asked her daughter a question and Joselyn said, "oh she knows all the questions, because she was baptized into your church". We were so surprised! So her daughter had just come from Honduras 3 months ago and met the missionaries over there! It was awesome! She wants to come to mutual and come to church! Joselyn also wants her family to follow God more! So we had the opportunity to set a baptismal date with her for Jan 14! So we have more baptisms coming our way!

Also I got to go on an exchange with Elder Hatch in Little Yorks area! Elder Hatch is still in Training but he is doing really well! He was teaching me Spanish words, and I was super surprised! He is truly dedicated to the language, it's pretty cool! But we had some great lessons with some less actives where the spirit really bore witness to their hearts! We also ate with the Delgado family and ate some amazing tacos! They were huge, and I had 7 of them! It was so good! We also taught some of their investigators who are planning on getting baptized. We shared the testaments video, and after we talked about the atonement of Jesus Christ. Christina, the mom, was worried about her date for baptism, but we shared Alma 7:11-12 and talked about how Jesus Christ took away all our infirmities, anxieties, and pains; and that he will always be here to succor (support) us through our trials! It was definitely a powerful moment!

On Saturday we had our Christmas party, and I got to be part of the Nativity scene, and I was the Angel! But it was really funny because they made me look like a girl! It was so funny! Literally when I went on the stage everyone burst out in laughter, I had a hard time keeping a straight face as well haha! It was great! So overall we had a lot of fun, and made some great memories!

This week was great! Every week is a new spiritual adventure, and it is absolutely incredible! I love this work, it so wonderful! Keep looking for opportunities to serve because they are literally all over the place!
Have a Merry Christmas! 

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 75: It's Getting Better Everyday!

This week was incredible! First off I want to make a couple of shout-outs! First to my brother Brett for making being baptized this week! Congratulations buddy! Also another shout-out to my sister Anamarie for turning 11 years old!  Happy birthday E!

This week was absolutely incredible! We had a couple baptisms, had interviews with President, had a couple exchanges, and went to the museum downtown! It was so much fun and I'm excited to tell you about it!

So Steven and David got baptized! It was such a blessing! I loved it so much and the spirit was really strong as we watched them make a covenant with our Heavenly Father! So cool!

We also had interviews with President Mortensen! He is so inspiring and he helped me understand my potential for the next 6 months! I'm super excited to go hard these next few months and keep working hard to see the blessings that are in our paths!

Also had the chance to go on an exchange with Elder Hatch. He came down with Elder Fong and I! And we had the chance to do a blitz in the Hermanas area, to help them find more new investigators! They had the commitment of 7 new investigators, and didn't have any, so we hit knocking doors hard! We knocked for close to 3 hours and on the last house we knocked, we got in with a family with 6 kids over the age of 8 we taught them a great lesson, and in total found 7 new investigators! It was literally the happiest moment! I know as we put our trust in the Lord, miracles come!😆

I also went on another exchange with Elder Pogroszewski! He came down here and we had a great time! We ate a dinner with the family Villegas and after we taught their son (who is really less active) what the BOM is and how it can bless his life! It was such a powerful lesson! We saw a little spark in his eyes, as he learned more, and wanted to act! He told us that his girlfriend has been having questions about the church, so we are working hard to bring him back to church, and help her get on board as well!

To close President Mortensen talked to me about all the many blessings that I am receiving every day! It got me thinking of the Hymn count your many blessings, and the importance of the words! It says: When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the lord has done! Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God hath done, count your blessings name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God hath done! I don't think it's a coincidence that it says, Count Your Many Blessings Name Them One By One, so many times! I know as we count our blessings and remember the good, our lives will be happy, and full of light!

Thank you all so much for everything and for all the love each of y'all give! I love you!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 74: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

This week was good but it was so cold!!! It was in the 50s this week! I know, I'm so used to the hot Texas weather! Sometimes it's a struggle haha! But this week went pretty good! It all started on Monday! We had a commitment to get 9 lessons with a member, which means 9 lessons with investigators where there is a member who is in the lesson and is actively participating! The highest I have gotten in this area is 6 member presents, so we worked hard to help our investigators feel the love of our ward! 

This week we got to see David and Steven a couple times to prepare for there baptism which is this Saturday 😆!! We had some powerful lessons with them on the commandments! They understand so well, and they have such a passion for learning! Steven just eats it all up! It's pretty amazing to see the hole that is being filled in their hearts! They are just about there and nothing is holding them back for this Saturday! 

We also got to stop by Hugo and Areli a couple times and we shared with them the rest of the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! You should have seen there faces when we taught them about where they are from and where they are going after this life! It was amazing!! It was even more incredible when we taught them the importance of baptism and how baptism is the key to getting into the kingdom of heaven! Wow oh wow, there faces lit up! It was incredible! They just got their marriage license and got married today!!😆

On Sunday we also had an amazing day! We went out on splits with some youth and we needed 5 more member presents to get our goal! Elder Fong took a 17 year old priest and they rocked it! They found 4 new investigators and had a couple lessons! Then we had a lesson with someone named Elizabeth who is starting to change her life around, and she wants to follow God she is so prepared! It is absolutely amazing all the people that are prepared down here in the city of Houston! The goal for us missionaries is to keep pushing and finding those who are ready for the gospel! We just short our goal by 1 but it was amazing pushing for that goal! 

For a little spiritual thought, I was reading in 2 Nephi 10 this morning, and it said something really bold, it said: 23 "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves--to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life." I know that all of us are free to choose good! We just need to lift up our heads and go for it! I know we can all receive eternal life and I am grateful for the chance to help other people choose it! I love this work! It's amazing! I hope y'all can have a lot of cheer in your hearts especially during this Christmas season! 
I love you all so much! 

Love, Elder Heiner