Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's Not Christmas Without David Archuleta


December 8, 2014
Hello world! Hope you are all well and enjoying the Christmas season. Here we are listening to Motab and David Archuleta Christmas music nonstop. To tell the truth, it's been that way since mid-November, but now it's legal. Also, if you guys haven't seen the video "He is the Gift" on YouTube yet, go watch it now, (or mom is there any way you can put the link on my blog?) It is the best. We have been showing it to members and investigators all week, and I never get sick of it. It's soooo cool.
This week has been so good, for many reasons. For one, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa came to speak to our mission this week. He is fantastic. We came with questions and concerns on our mind, and left with answers to all of them. We have lots of new ideas to try in our area, and as we put them in practice, we have started to see the difference. He talked about the Book of Mormon, working with members, following the Spirit, being bold. That last one has always been a struggle for me, but I have been praying and striving this last week to be more bold. It's fun.
Our 7th day Adventist friend is doing well. And by doing well, I mean he respects what we taught him this last lesson, but doesn't believe it. But we gave him a Book of Mormon, and invited him to read and pray, and he committed to do both. If he reads with an open heart, really desiring to know the truth and not looking to criticize, he will come to know for himself that it's true. And his doubts will be resolved. As Pres. Costa said, the Book of Mormon is the best missionary.

Jefferson is reading the Book of Mormon, and he came to church! Unfortunately he couldn't stay the whole time, but he liked it. Also, Gabí, a less active girl we visited, and her little brother came to church. We had visited them with the YW president. Also, we are super excited about a couple with 2 kids who showed up at church basically ready to be married and her to be baptized. She is super elect!!!! Also, not sure if we talked about Luzinete last time, but she is a lady we visited last week, and taught about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and a little about the Plan of Salvation. She has lost many family members, and has many medical problems, and is suffering a lot right now. We taught her this time the full plan of salvation and invited her to be baptized. And she accepted! She's going to be baptized on the 27th and come to church next Sunday, with her grandson and with us. It was amazing to watch the Spirit work with her as we taught, and she was able to understand and comprehend the need to be baptized in the same way as Christ, to be able to return to live with God, and her family. The Spirit touched her, and she was noticeably happier and lighter when we left than when we first met her. We love her so much and are so excited to see her progressing.

Excerpt from my letter to president-
This week has been fantastic! We witnessed many miracles. The Lord is truly blessing the Ouro Preto ward. Also, putting in practice things that we learned from Elder Costa have helped a lot. He promised that if we reactivate, we will find, teach and baptize. Also, we marked the baptism of one of our investigators (and will hopefully mark her grandson as well) for baptism on the 27th. There is a lot of work to do! And we are so happy to be able to stay here in Ouro Preto, but sad to say good-bye to Sister Piza and Sister Damián.
 
Yes, today was transfers, and both Sis. Piza and Sis. Damián were transferred, so it's back down to 2 sisters in Ouro Preto again. It's weird to be the only two missionaries in the house/area.
Love you all, and hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you for your love and prayers. Never forget who you are :)
Love,
Sister Hicken


Picture with Elder Costa, President and Sister Bigelow, and missionaries.  Sister Hicken is in the green dress on the right.

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