This week was SO GREAT.
I don't even know where to staarrtt...??
So this week we got a crazy amount of referrals from people, it was awesome. (As I was typing this, we got another one lol). We were able to find some "lost sheep" and a couple new investigators! We also met someone who was definitely not interested... haha I think that was my first straight-out rejection! YEAH! All part of the experience! Haha it was so cool to meet lots of new people this week, we had a good time.
We were also able to visit with Casandra and Flor again. On Tuesday, we sat with Casandra and read from the Book of Mormon, talking about miracles and faith and courage. She told us that she's been seeing some miracles happening in her life, and we're like, "DO TELL." because we always love a good miracle :) She told us that the date we set for baptism, November 28th, was suddenly clear and open - all of her plans somehowgot changed to different days! And her mom randomly came home one day with a new outfit for Casandra to wear to church. Super small miracles but strong evidence that God is slowly working on the heart of Casandra's mom and paving the way for her baptism. Casandra was in tears as she too recognized the hand of the Lord working in her life. Such a special moment.
We met with Flor twice this week, and I always leave her house feeling so good. She is just feasting after knowledge - she loves learning. She told us that she is just scared of baptism, that it is something, she thought, even more important than her wedding! Haha well, that only proves how highly she holds her Father in Heaven. We told her that this life is a time to prepare to meet God, that no one is expected to be perfect, but that we are expected to try and improve ever day. This helped her fears a bit, though she's still not comfortable with setting a date. She wants us to come back often though! I have lots of hope for her, she's amazing. She can feel the Spirit, I think she just needs to know how real her Father in Heaven is and His unending love for her.
So craziest moment of the whole week - a less active member in our ward called us up and said that her and her boyfriend wanted to get married and come back to church and that she wanted our help! Uhh.. yes. A thousand times yes. So we met up with her and talked all about how the ward can help, the importance of building a foundation on the gospel, and raising a family in the way of the Lord. Her boyfriend, Victor, walked in, and joined us as we read from the Book of Mormon. He was quiet at first, and then when he realized that we spoke Spanish, started opening up. He told us how important God is to him and grateful he is that he can start a family based on God. Shana, the member, turned to us and said, "I want to be married in the temple, but I need to be active right?" yes... "And he needs to be a member?" ..yes.. "Victor, how would you feel about being baptized?" ..omg.. "You know, I think I'd really like that." ..OMG... So without missing a beat, I asked him if he would prepare for baptism by the end of November, to which he happily answered that he would. We had an appointment that we were already running late to so we got his number, set up another appointment, invited him to church, and said a closing prayer (which he offered). We called Shana yesterday to confirm out appointment, and she told us Victor was already reading the Book of Mormon and that he had read a lot of it!
Being in the right place at the right time, everyone.
God is so involved in our lives, it's hard for me to just call moments like these "coincidences." God is real. Never before have I been so aware of the Spirit working miracles and guiding my life. It's amazing.
I love you all so much!
Hermana Brie Gould