BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING, I NEED TO TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING!!
Mondays are our Preparation Days, so we shop for food, clean our apartment, was our car and clothes, you take care of everything that needs to be handled, and all that jazz. Even though we don’t go out to teach set lessons,, WE DO NOT STOP LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO TEACH. As you are all probably aware, I don’t have my drivers license. And my mission president has been telling me for the longest time that I need to get one because there aren’t enough Spanish sister missionaries that drive. So this morning, we were finally able to go to the DMV! We got permission to go right when we woke up, so we were out the door by 6:45am when the DMV opened at 7:30am. You gotta be early, or you’re late, ESPECIALLY AT THE DMV. So we sat outside and waited for it to open and we started talking to the guy next to us. It so HAPPENS to be that he’s from New York too!! WHAT?? From Queens! He looked at me and said, “What are you doing here?” And I said, “What are YOU doing here??” We were so blown away and laughed for a while and we got to know each other! His name is Byron. The “what are you doing here in Yuma?” question is prime for explaining your purpose as missionaries and why you are there. So we started talking about gospel things and how it related to him in his life right now. He’s going into nursing and goes to school in Manhattan. Afterwards, we split and he went to get his title renewed or something, BUT AFTER THAT HE CAME BACK AND CONTINUED THE CONVO. So I’m actually in a trio, so when I had to leave to take my test, my 2 other companions were talking to him. It turns out that he’s in a PERFECT position in his life to receive the gospel. One of his big worries was that he said he thought he’d definitely go to hell, without question. My companions shared Alma 36 (please read it if you don’t know what it is)- it’s basically the account of a super wicked guy who finds forgiveness and joy through accepting Jesus Christ. It’s awesome. We gave him a Book of Mormon and was SOOO grateful to have met us. He gave us his contact information and said he wants to go to church and meet with the missionaries in NY!! He has a flight back to NY tonight. HOW PERFECT. I’m still sooo hype about this. AND I PASSED MY TEST!!! WOOHOOOO! Honestly, I could’ve failed and still been happy about Byron. But I’m really grateful that God helped me pass haha!
We celebrated with Dunkin Donuts and when we walked it was a huge flashback to NY too. The smell of coffee and donuts is what home smells like haha! We are about to have the best week of our lives. What a good P-Day.
On another note, earlier this week, we had Zone Conference and there was a quote that said, “Do not resist God’s attempts to make you divine.” I love that! I know that every one of us are capable of enduring trials WITH Jesus Christ. And I totally know that Jesus Christ is in every little detail of our lives and He wants to help us become the people we are meant to be.
I love you all! I hope you have the greatest week!!
There are so many things to look forward to this week! Elder Pieper from the Seventy is coming down to speak to us and then he’s staying and conducting the Mission Leadership Council so I’ll be able to hear from him TWICE!! I’m going to take so many notes! I’ve been reading his past talks and they are all really inspired.
On Saturday, we had a Cultural Fiesta and there were at least 800 people there! It was so awesome to see different traditional dances from different countries! There was a lot of Mexican traditional dances which were BEAUTIFUL. I feel like I need at least 10 Mexican dresses in my wardrobe now. There was also Hawaiian dances and a performance from the PHILIPPINES! It was so awesome. We sang a classic Mexican song named Cielito Lindo. Sooo pretty. A lot of the people we are teaching LOVED it! They thought it was so beautiful that we embrace all people and cultures.
We met miracle people! There’s an area that we cover called The Foothills and it’s pretty far out there and we have limited miles so we don’t go out there very often but we try out best. A person that we are teaching gave us the information to her friend because he wanted to start learning about the gospel too! Woohooo!! So we call her friend, Alfredo, and set up an appointment. We get to the appointment and the first thing he says is, “When I first saw you missionaries (a while ago), I got this overwhelming feeling of excitement, nervousness, and happiness. I don’t know why but I know that there was something I need to learn from you.” WHAT. I ALMOST COLLAPSED FROM JOY. He was sooo attentive the whole lesson and accepted everything, like it just made sense to him. We’re meeting again this week!! YAYYY ALFREDO.
Since we were already in the Foothills, we stopped by this one another person named Araseli. And she lives FARRRR. I heard that missionaries have tried stopping by before but I didn’t hear what happened. We make the drive all the way there and it’s a big trailer park. We look at the address and there’s no lot number! No wonder I never heard what happened because NOTHING happened, they never found her lot number. My companion, Hermana Palmer and I look at each other and say, “Well God led us here for some reason.” We said a prayer in the car, asking God if He could lead us to the people who need us. So we get out and start knocking doors. First house, no answer. The second house, a woman comes to the door and we greet each other and she says her name is Araseli. WHAT. We asked for her last name AND IT MATCHED THE RECORD WE HAD. WE FOUND HERRRRR!!! STRAIGHT MIRACLE. We were obviously sooooo happy that we found her that she got so excited, came out of her house, shut the door behind her and was like,”WHAT? WHAT?? WHAT HAPPENED???” with a huge smile on her face hahaha like she won something! We explain who we are and that we received information that you wanted to meet with missionaries and she was soooo happy! This is a prime time for her to receive the gospel in her life and she’s sooo willing to meet with us and come to church and the activities! SO AWESOME.
Life is soo good out here in Yuma! I hope you have the greatest week!
-all the missionaries in Yuma! We’re the smallest zone in the mission but there’s awesomeeeee missionaries down here!
– the Minnie mouse one is from the trunk or treat that we had! Shoutout to elder hangemeyer in the back
– cultural fiesta 💕💕💕💕💕💕