Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cake Boss (april 9-15)

So this past week was crazy.
Tuesday: Monday the night before we had a great experience contacting a 16 year old teenager, and he invited us back Tuesday to teach his family, and they're awesome!  Such a cute little family and we've had several lessons with them since, the only problem is getting them to church, because they visit family in Juarez every weekend.  Our member help Tuesday was such a trooper, she's over 9 months pregnant (we didn't know this when we called her) and we accidentally kept her out late... but she was amazing.
All our appointments cancelled.  We didn't know why.  We still don't know.  But we still had a couple awesome lessons.
We decided to swing by a member's house and met her, since we really didn't know anyone because of General Conference and not having normal church.  So we get to Hna P's house and it's clear she doesn't want us there.  So we talk a little and try to get to know her and finally she's like "hermanas, I'm really busy right now."  And we offer to help, and she agrees.... so we help make a QUINCENERA CAKE.  Yeah, how awesome is that?  We were put in charge of "gluing"/frosting castle towers together.  We helped a little and then went to dinner and a lesson and then when our appointment after dinner cancelled we went back and helped again, this time learning how to work with fondant.  And we talked about how she's the seminary teacher, and how we'd love to help teach one morning, and so she gives us Friday's lesson plan, and tell us to be at her house at 5:45ish.
We taught seminary.  Went home, got ready for the rest of the day, studied, had district meeting and then returned to Hna P's to see if she needed anymore help.  And she had us decorate/frost the designs on the cake.  And then we had a dinner with a less active, who is so cute.  She visited people with us on Sunday and was so excited to be helping the missionaries.  It was another night in which all appointments cancelled, and so we were headed to one appointment, and the car wasn't there, and it didn't look like any lights were on.  So we parked, wondering if we even needed to go try, but in an act of faith, prayed, got out of the car and walked to the front door, realizing that the front door was actually open, and our investigator, L was home!  It was truly a miracle for us, and we taught a great first lesson.
Normal missionary work.  Hna P had taken pictures of us helping with the cake and posted it on facebook ( or el face, as everyone here calls it) and so every member we saw thought we had make the quince cake (it was for a yw in the ward...).  We have this awesome Hermana that we're teaching.  She lives in mexico and came to visit her daughter, because she wants her yerno (son-in-law) to baptize her.  So we're in the process of teaching her.
First time for church in the new area!  We spoke a little in sacrament, just like a testimony, but church was great because we got to actually meet the members.  And we had a couple investigators there!
Awesome lesson with the C family (family of the teenager we taught Tuesday).  We just taught the teens last night, so a 12, 14 and 16 year old and it was an amazing lesson.  We opened it to a Q&A so that they could ask us anything and we'd answer, and we ended up teaching about the first vision and the restoration.  The Spirit was so strong.   One of the girls had been struggling with the idea if God is real and if he really answers prayers, because she feels like she never gets answers, but she was just overwhelmed by the Spirit during the first vision.  I am so excited to keep teaching them.
I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!  I was reading in Alma 30 this morning for my personal study and I found this scripture "Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege; or rather, if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him."  What a blessing and a privilege that I had to serve the Lord for these past 6 months.  And I am so excited to learn, grow, serve and develop further this next year.  Time goes by so fast, why not use the most of it?
Don't forget the awesome blessings we have in serving the Lord.  Easter is this weekend and it's such a wonderful time of year!  Through the Atonement of Christ we can overcome all the obstacles of this life to return to live with God again, what a wonderful thing to celebrate and to share with people! 
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." 
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and that you take time to think about Jesus Christ and how hopeful this season is.  How everything that we look forward to in this life and in the next happened and can happen because of the Atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I know that He is our Savior and that through him we can truly be healed of everything. 

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