Week 47: in which we spend a lot of time singin’ in the rain

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Dear friends and family,

I love the opportunity to see the miracles, big and little, in every day. On Sunday Hermana Custódio had our own “fourth floor, last door” experience. Every single one of our citas fell through–including our back-up plans–so we spent a lot of time contacting. At 8:00 that night, we had a few futures but nobody wanted to let us in. We prayed for guidance because we really didn’t know what to do. We felt peace when we asked if we should contact a certain street on the other side of our sector. We began contacting, and after about 45 minutes, not a single person let us in and few people showed interest. Honestly, I was feeling a little discouraged. But my wonderful, positive, hard-working companion said with determination, “We are not going into the house until we find someone to teach!” At this point we had only a few houses left on the street (and it was a long street!). We contacted the last three houses, and at the very last house, a lady opened the door and warmly welcomed us in. We were so excited! And she’s really great. The miracle is that she had just moved in yesterday! This experience strengthened my testimony that God is aware of all of His children, no matter where they are, [and] He can send them the help they need when they need it. We ended that night a little foot-sore but very happy and grateful for this miracle.

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Other miracles from this week:

  • Lesli is 100% committed to her baptismal date for July 8!! (I’m just praying that I’m at the very least in Los Ángeles for that.)
  • Another investigator, Paola, accepted a baptismal date after much time of being scared to make a decision. She has a little bit more preparation time, but she said that she´s willing to do anything to prepare herself for that date.
  • On Monday, thanks to a loving member family, we found an inactive family who wants to come back to church, and the two daughters who aren’t baptized are excited to work towards that goal. The mom and the two daughters came to church on Sunday for the first time in about 3 years. It’s been an incredible experience to see so many families coming back to the gospel after so many years on a different, much more difficult path. It’s a testimony to me of God’s love for His children and the power of the Atonement. How great is God’s joy over every sinner who repents.
  • On Wednesday we helped a sister clean her yard and then traveled to Yumbel (a tiny town close-by) to help the elders there find new people to teach. It was raining–of course–and few people opened their doors, but Hermana Custódio and I had fun singing and finding new ways to contact people. I love working with her; she’s so positive, hardworking, and gets my sarcasm. 😀 We also laughed hard when the elders, who had placed their socks to dry on the gas-powered heater during the following meeting in Yumbel, realized that their socks were burning. XD (No other harm was done.) Fun times in the rainy weather. 😀

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I want to end with a quote that I loved from my studies this week: “The real marvel of the journey is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” We are surrounded by so many miracles in every day, but sometimes we become so accustomed to them that we don’t see them. This week, I invite you all to “see with new eyes” and find the miracles, big and little, in every day. Rediscover the beauty of a sunset. Marvel at the growth of your children. Relish the company of the Spirit as you read the scriptures and pray. And never forget from Whom theses things come.

I love you all!! Be safe, be smart, be kind. Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.

Besitos!!
Love,
Hermana Saunders

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