Thanks to all who prayed for Emma and who take the time to write her. She is learning the importance of BALANCE in missionary work, and that success is not always measured in baptisms but in the amount of hard work and effort she puts in each day. Agency is a very important part of the Plan of Salvation and Emma has learned a great deal already about doing all she can and leaving the rest up to the Lord. Thanks again for all the support! and ps we finally got some pictures!!
Wooooh. First of all, just want to say sorry for sending such a downer as an email last week! I'm sure all of you who've served missions know that sometimes you just get in a bit of a rut. But I thank you so much for your many helpful words, I appreciate it! This has been a challenging week, but better! Manuel, our Colorado investigator, is getting baptized this next week or the next, and Mari is also working with us and the bishop to get baptized. Other than that, we have a really great week planned with three potentially awesome Family Home Evenings - we have an investigator named Karla who has been to church with her husband and two little boys a few times, they go to a Christian church now, but we have a Family Home Evening planned and we'll get them to church! They're really cool and have some great potential to be a really good, strong family. Also, we have a Family Home Evening planned with Maria Guadelupe and her husband and Aida and her husband. It'll be a good week, and with the progress that Manuel is making, plus the fact that he went to church for three straight months in the last place he lived, he'll be getting baptized soon! We had some GREAT lessons with him this week, a few with Mari present and a few brothers in the ward that have had similar problems but now are so happy and so strong in the church.
Aida and Max are doing great, Aida got confirmed yesterday and then bore her testimony. Very cool. Maria Guadelupe is loving the service aspect of the church, and is the first to sign up for everything. She's so much happier than when I first met her, seriously. I had another fun intercambio with Hermana Toone, and I just loved it. AND DID I MENTION HERMANA HARDY IS GREAT. Seriously, she just is such a fun person and a hard worker. So sad I didn't know her at BYU before!
We had a great week as far as BALANCE goes, between how many lessons we have with a member present, how many lessons we teach members and less actives and recent converts, how many contacts we had and references we received... as far as all that goes, I feel great about this week, and we succeeded our goals in most areas. WOW, the mission is a crazy thing, but I'm so grateful for it. I'm REALLY grateful for the Book of Mormon. We've been focusing a lot on it, and I would say that alone handed us what ended up being 15 new investigators this week! We have some great great people who are READING, and I'm so excited to see where that goes. Man, we are so lucky to have this book. Seriously. I've loved focusing more on it, the fact that we have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that, with the Book of Mormon and the Bible, we know exactly what to do - no confusion. It's so simple and clear and PERFECT. I encourage you all to go read the introduction and the testimony of Joseph Smith one more time, it's so awesome. I know it's true, and all this is WORTH IT! I'm praying for you, and I love you!
Beeeeeeeg KEees Leeeeeel Keeees,
|Emma says this is "classic San Isidro"|
|Front of Emma's apartment, apparently she had to climb through that open window with a ladder because they got locked out haha|
|The Hermana's sweet bathroom, no shower curtain, among other things|
|Loving banana splits at a nice member's house|
|Man does Emma LOVE Sister Hardy her cute companion|
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