Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We're Swimming in Mangoes

January 5, 2015

Nadando em MANGAS!!! [Swimming in Mangoes!!!...which she will explain in a moment…]

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! 

This week there is not much to report on.  Things were kind of slow, because a lot of members and investigators went to the beach for the holidays. There were a couple of days where the city looked like a ghost town haha. But we kept calm and carried on :) Highlights:

One of our investigators is so ready to be baptized. He is reading and praying about everything we teach him, and he knows it's true. We taught him this week about the gospel of Jesus Christ and tithing, and no problems! The only thing is that he is easily distracted and likes to tell stories haha. But we do our best to help him stay focused during the lesson. He always asks questions, which we love. Also, every time we come, he has a bag of mangoes waiting for us. It's so sweet! But there's just two of us at home, and like 20 mangoes! And he still gives us more! We're swimming in mangoes! So we've started handing them out when we street contact, "Hi, we're missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and hey do you want a mango?" (Okay, it's not EXACTLY like that, we talk with the person first) But yeah. Lots of mangoes. I was gonna write something else just now, but I saw something shiny and forgot. Sorry. ANYways, 

Ah! I remembered. We taught a former investigator of Sister Dana and Sister Piza this week. He saw us walking one day, and called us over to the store where he was working and asked us when we could come by. Sister Piza told me about him. He had all the lessons, and had no problem with anything, except church attendance. He works on Sundays and didn't want to ask a day off because he likes working on Sundays. But he marked a day with us, so we went and visited him. He wanted to see if what we had to say was the same as what the other sisters taught him. He remembered a lot from what the sisters taught him, of Plan of Salvation especially. He is very receptive and wants to know the truth, but is a little mixed up [on gospel teachings]. He wants to know the truth, but hasn't really done his part in seeking yet. We told him straight up that our purpose as missionaries is to help people prepare to be baptized in the church of Jesus Christ, and asked if that was his desire.  We asked him if he had prayed to know if what the sisters taught him was true, and he said yes but not with much faith. We followed the Spirit during the lesson, to know what to ask him and what to say, and it went really well. We taught about the Plan of Salvation, the Book of Mormon, and testified that this was the true church of Jesus Christ, and how he could know for himSELF that it was true. He promised to read what we marked, and pray with faith and a sincere desire, and even promised to come to church next Sunday! He's going to ask to have that day off. We were excited. 

Our investigator sister is still with her son this week, but is coming back soon. Please pray for her! She was in the hospital this week.

Sister Morales quote of the week-
Me-  "Wow, look at how the moon is full."
Sister Morales- "Yeah, it's cuz she just finished eating."
Hahaha. I love this woman. 

Hope you're all doing well! I love you lots! Thank you for your prayers and letters! 

Sister Hicken

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