This week was the first week we used our bikes...it went surprisingly well. We ride them during the day..then we get rides at night. We actually have received help from a lot of different members..Sister Sawyer is thebomb.com. She served her mission about 20 years ago and was spanish speaking. She helps us so much! On Tuesdays we go to lunch and go out and work with her. Melissa helps us out on Wednesdays because thats when we teach Delmar (her friend) and her kids, Alex and Lauren their recent convert lessons. Hermana Baraza, Hermana Florez and Amanda have helped as well. They all cook us meals and give us rides. I love the women here! For example, last night our dinner appointment cancelled and we had no where to go, we called Amanda and she made us tacos! She is so nice! :)
We have been working a lot with the Baraza family, helping them become more active. Hermana Baraza has been teaching our Tuesday night classes, Principios Del Evangelio. We eat at their house and teach them once a week and both parents have come out to appointments with us. Well, Saturday we got to go to the Omaha Temple with Hermana Baraza and Hermana Florez! That was a very special experience. Hermano Baraza is a convert, so he had his wife do the work for his mother. How neat! I was so excited to go to the temple with two of my favorite Latina women. The Spirit is so strong at the Temple, I wanted to stay there all day. I am so thankful for the restoration of the Priesthood through the Prophet, Joseph Smith, because we can do Holy Ordinances and make more promises with Heavenly Father in the Temple! My testimony of families have increased so much. We can be sealed to our families for time and all eternity. It's like a welding link because we can be connected to our ancestors and also our future generations. We are starting to have a Spanish Temple Prep class for the Briseno family and Hermana Teresa to prepare. Both less-active families have been progressing and we are working with them to come to church more consistently. We are also starting to have a family history class to teach the Spanish how to do geneology so they can get their recommends to the Temple to go and do baptisms for their relatives that passed away. :)
Our recent converts are doing great! It is nice having this extra time with them to make sure they are well taken care of in the ward. Amanda and her family are progressing nicely. Unfortunately, Carlos, her husband doesnt want to come to church because only one of the three hours are in spanish. We are excited for the Priesthood and Relief Society classes to start in Spanish at the beginning of April and then Sacrament in Spanish will follow. Our Relief Society President told me that Amanda and Celia will have new callings once all the switches are made. Im so excited for them! Celia and her family are also doing well. Maria is going to get her tonsils out, so we are going to visit her in the hospital. Ruben has made friends with the young mens and is doing well. Omar is such a great convert! He has been reading the scriptures and growing in knowledge like crazy. I gave him the book, Jesus the Christ, and he loves it. Great book by Elder James E Talmage. Check it out!
We have been struggling getting investigators to church! We have found a lot of new interests and have 3 progressing but they havent felt comfortable to make that commitment and come to church. We are going to try harder to get them to come to the Tuesday night class and we can give them a tour of the church so they wont feel intimidated.
We are going to keep working hard and rely on Heavenly Father to guide us to those that are prepared. I am working on having more faith and patience with our investigators. :) Also, love love love! In Relief Society yesterday the lesson was on the last General Conference talk by President Monson about service. Through service we express our love for our Heavenly Father by helping our Brothers and Sisters. I bore my testimony on full- time missionary work and how much of a privilege it is to be dedicated to the work and be a tool in God's hands. We strive to be obedient so that the Spirit can touch those we have contact with. A huge part of my conversion was the love that my sister missionaries had for me and I recognized it as God's love. So I am praying to have more charity!
love you all, have a great week!