Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy 2014

Well happy 2014 everyone!

How has your week been? My week has been pretty good! I'm just gonna jump right into the good of this week alright? So remember Wilson and Rosaurio who invited us over for Christmas? Well, I love them. Anyways for the past 3 transfers, I have been asking for referrals for people to teach, and it's become like an inside joke, because I start the sentence and sometimes Wilson cuts me off and says "No, Hermana, I don't know anyone."  Well Wilson is a little liar, because for the past 3 weeks he has invited his inactive siblings to come to church (who live in different ward boundries), and they came! Pretty soon the whole ward will be filled with the Garcia family! (there are 13 kids in his family and all but one brother is inactive), so good for Wilson. He's legit. Seriously. His sister doesn't live in our area, and he keeps saying that he only wants us to teach her cause she loves us(from Christmas) anyways, that was super cool.

Then yesterday in testimony meeting Sofia's mom, Lili, went up and bore her testimony after only her 2nd week back at church. She was crying saying how grateful she was that the missionaries came and found them again because they couldn't find the LDS church when they came from Guatemala. They've lived here for 6 years. They've been missing the gospel for 6 years. It's crazy.

Their story is really cool.  We were trying to update our addresses from the formers that were taught in this area, and we were looking for the neighbors. We had an impression to knock on their neighbor's door (Julio, Lili, and Sofia's door,) and Julio answered and told us to come back later. The second time Lili answered, and she told the story yesterday. She answered the door and saw these two missionaries, angels, glowing, like they had been an answer to her 6 year long prayer. She was so happy to see us. It's crazy to me. I've lived my life, 19 years without having to live without the gospel. I have never known that sadness of not having the sacrament or church in my life. It's really an eye opening experience. It helped my testimony grow a lot.

So here's a crazy experience that will be one I'l remember. We were on exchanges this past week, I had Hermana Allen (fresh out of the MTC) with me and we were coming out of the apartment for dinner and right behind our car was this Suburban with all of it's doors open and loud music blasting with 3 men standing outside of it. We definitely had a bad feeling about it, but we had to go out and teach, and it was too cold and dark to ride our bikes, so we just started walking to the car. They said "Excuse me, can you help me with something?" We didn't say anything. He then proceeds to say "You know, I haven't talked to any ladies with such fair skin before, and I'm gonna ask you something that is may put you out of your comfort zone." Hermana Allen yelled "We're missionaries!" and he did this evil chuckle and was like "oh missionary huh?" then proceeds to say really perverted things to us as we hurried and got in the car. So I am still learning how to take charge in missionary situations like that. I realized in that moment why I wasn't called English speaking though, I was really 1 step away from giving him a piece of my mind. I wasn't afraid, more insulted. I mean you would think when you dress practically like a nun.. Well yeah. Anyways, God was definitely watching over us because 3 in shape men were within feet of us, and something really bad could have happened, I know that because we were really in tune with the spirit, that we got out of that safely. I am so grateful for that. 

Enjoying our holidays like a sir

I realized something today when hanging up my clothes to dry, I own lots of black and white clothes. I also see things very black and white. I see things as right and wrong. In one of my studies this week I went really in depth with spiritual gifts, and that's one of mine, discerning right and wrong. I look back on my life and am super grateful for that, because I have had situations that if I wouldn't have had the "common sense" or just that knowledge, that I would have gotten into a lot of trouble. I'm trying to really grow spiritually with all my spiritual gifts, but also gain more. I encourage you all to do the same, find you're personal strengths and really try to magnify them. I love you all a lot and I hope you have a great week :)

Keep the faith!
Hermana Groves

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