Monday, March 8, 2010

Gold star!!

Hello my loves,
If Nanny were here with me, she would give me a gold star for only falling on the bikes once! Wahoo! I really like riding the bikes and told President I am open to being in areas without cars especially during the summer. Without cars we get a lot of members to come to appointments with us. I am very thankful for this area. We have 5 progressing invsetigators- Emerita, Mario, Rosemary, Diana and Norna. This week we are going to try to get Delmar, Carlos, Olivia and J.J., Rosa, and Luis to keep their commitments of reading the Book of Mormon and praying. Mario came to Sacrament meeting for the first time this Sunday! Diana and Norna came to an hour of primary and loved it. Here's the background of our progressing: Emerita has been taught by Hermana Madsen and me before; we dropped her for awhile. Hermana McGuire and I went back to visit her and she was willing to learn again and has been reading and praying. She knows that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and the BOM is true, she just struggles getting to church. We are trying to get a member to pick her up like we did with Mario...Mario said he felt good at church and wants to come again. We will see him two more times this week. We are focusing on the Priesthood and family with him. Rosemary is married to Willie...She has so much faith! We have taught her twice and she is so willing to learn and is receptive to the Holy Ghost so we have confidence she will receive her answer that the Church is true. Diana and Lorna are two girls 10 and 9 who we found tracting. We have taught them and their mom and they are so excited to learn. They bring their BOM to the bus stop and read it at school. :) They are the cutest. We hopet their mom will come with them to church Sunday and they can grow in the Gospel as a familiy unit. Celia and Amandas kids welcomed them with open arms in Primary.
This week we had a Family Home Evening with Amanda's family. It was nice because Carlos was able to come. Carlos is warming up to the idea of the BOM, and will pray about it and receive his answer! Amanda and her children are such great examples for him! We really want him to be baptized so they can be sealed in the Temple together some day. We had a strong lesson with Rosa last night with her inactive husband. I can see them all coming to church and growing together. We love their family so much and really want them to receive the blessings. We had a surprise in church counselors to the Bishop were called and one of them is Brother Barraza! We have been working intensely with him and his family since I got here to get them re-activated. Him becoming a counselor is like a baptism of an investigator! ALOT of changes are being made in our ward because we will start implementing RS and Priesthood classes in Spanish and eventually have a Sacrament in Spanish. I wouldnt mind sticking around one more transfer to help with all the changes..we will see what the Lord has in mind for me. We have transfers coming up the end of this month. My "daughter" Hermana McGuire will be officially not a greenie!
In our Tuesday night Spanish scripture study we are working on family history. I have so much to do for my family!! I am so thankful for the restoration of the Priesthood and the Temples so that we can do ordinances for our ancestors that didnt have the chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week was a good one. We are working way hard to strengthen our recent convert families and find new investigators. We had a sweet experience while tracting. We knocked a door and Robin answered. She said she had been praying a lot lately and had a feeling Heavenly FAther would send missionaries. She was actually going to go to Walmart then decided to stay home because she felt impressed. Wow! We taught a first lesson and gave her to the Elders (she speaks English). That was a nice experience and I am reminded everyday of how involved Heavenly Father is in this work and how we are set apart to be His servants!
I love you all and hope you are all happy!
Hermana Murphy

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