Monday, July 28, 2014

Most fertile parts of the wilderness :)

Quote of the Week: "Don't tell God you have big problems, tell your problems you have a big God." -Hna. Melendez
Joke of the Week: Como se dice 99 en chino? "Cachi chien!" 
Missions aren't about waiting for the storms to pass, but learning to bike in the rain!
Hna. Lopez and l have deemed this week as the. most. crazy. week. of our missions. l can't explain all of the reasons why, but just trust me. lt's been nuts. 
First of all, mom, if you could send me a story about my ancestors, l'd be very grateful. They're trying to help us use family history as a finding tool, and asked us all to get stories that we can share. l know you've told me a billion...... but l don't remember very many!
So last week was zone conference, and l was super nervous cause l was going to do 2ish musical numbers, AND the infamous "departing testimony".... AND l was just really sad that it's my last one. 
ln preparation for the conference, we always wax the car. So during our lunch break on thursday, we went outside to start. But..... lt WASN'T THERE!!!!!!! We freaked out. We ran up and down the parking lot and started to panic as we contemplated how to tell the zone leaders that someone jacked the car. Almost in tears, we call them, and the FIRST question they asked was, "was it towed?" A feeling a relief came over me as l realized that there was another option. Turns out, we DID get towed! Right there in our own apartment parking. So that complicated our lives a little. Thankfully, the very next day was zone conference, so people from the office would be coming down to Killeen and they could get the car back before the fine went up too much (it goes up every day it stays there). And a member just randomly gave us groceries for this week that are going to  keep us alive this month! Somehow God knows how dumb his children can be, and always looks for the best way to help us. Like Pte. Ames says, he leads us through the "most fertile parts of the wilderness." We are still facing trials, and we still make mistakes, but we have the PROMISE that Heavenly Father guides us through the best way possible. THAT is mercy.
Last night l was privileged to have one of the coolest experiences of my whole mission. Although Pte. Ames just barely got home from his trip here last friday, he felt prompted to come down again Sunday evening to do a fireside with the missionaries and the YSA branch. We invited one of our YSA aged investigators. The Spirit was very strong as Sister and Pte. Ames taught us about the blessing that we receive from living the Gospel. As the closing prayer was said, my investigator turned to me and said, "You know what? l think this IS the true church!" l asked him why, and he said that he can just feel it. And that Pte. AMes had answered a ton of his very specific questions that he's had! We set a baptismal date for the 16th of Aug. right there in the pew! And then he had the opportunity to talk with Pte. Ames and talk about how excited he was for hsi baptism! lt was literally a miracle. l was not expecting anything like that to happen. l'm so grateful for the Spirit that can literally soften and change the hearts of the people.
Time is running out and l have about a billion things to say. 
14 seconds. Adios amigos.
5 sec
Ok. l'm back. So the other crazy things that have happened have been dramatic things that..... can't be told exactly. But a dear family in the branch went through some crazy stuff and the next day we were supposed to do a FHE as a branch. Nobody showed up till about 5 minutes after it was supposed to start, and we had just been told that Hna. Lopez was getting transferred. l had already been bawling my eyes out that day because of zone conference, and when we saw all of the members we didn't know how to tell them that Hna. Lopez was going to leave. We cried a LOT that night. Hahaha
So we wake up Sunday morning, and a random awesome investigator texts us to ask if we could show him the way to church! So that's happy :) And we ALSO got a text from Pte. telling us that Hna. Lopez isn't leaving till Friday IF she even leaves at all! She was literally all the way packed. And we already said goodbye to EVERYONE! Hahaha awkward taco situation. 
But we went to church and guess what? SEVEN investigators went!!!!!!!!!! Speaking of numbers, we were #4 companionship in the mission this week :)
After church, we had the fireside and all of that cool stuff. 
As of right now, we're waiting the call from President to tell us if Hna. Lopez is going or not. lt's pretty much torture.
Speaking of torture, one of our investigators is a pilot, and he was telling us about his airplanes (we went to the airport and looked at them!) and he told us that in basic training, they practice being captured and tortured!!!!!!! sick right? They have to leave with at least one bone broken. lt took the edge off my desires to be in the Army.....
Well....don't worry about me. We are being taken care of by Heavenly Father. l was a leeetle worried about how we were going to survive, but then a member offered to take my bike to Utah the last week of August, so l will probably use some of that money to buy t.p. and stuff. And like l said, a member randomly gave us some fruit snacks and granola bars and yogurt! The Lord definitely is mindful of us. 
Tell Katelyn that l'm so excited for the baby!!!! Man that makes me happy! People keep asking me what the first "non-missionary" thing l'm going to do when l'm home, and every time l tell them: HOLD A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lt's pretty much torture to go visit cute little Ali (the brand new baby) and not be able to hold her! Haha last trial of my obedience eh? 
Alright this is waaay too long. PAz a vosotros.
-Hermana Gomez

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