I hope everyone is doing well, and has some amazing plans for Thanksgiving!
This week was great! We ended up finding 3 different families when we were knocking doors this week, and we were able to share the Restoration with all of them! They all promised to come to church, so that made us super excited. None of them did, which was a major bummer, but that's ok because we found 2 more potential investigators last night!
We were knocking doors and we ran into a woman named Juana. She invited us into her house to share a prayer. She started tearing up almost as soon as we walked in. She is facing a lot of health challenges and she is really worried about her son. After we prayed for her she was crying, she kept saying that she could feel something, but she didn't know what it was. We explained that is was the Spirit there to testify of the truth. She listened attentively to the message of the Restoration, and accepted baptism! We are going back to teach her again this week, and we are super excited! Usually when we ask people to say the closing prayer at the end of the lesson, they won't do it. She is from Cuba and doesn't have any religious background, but she agreed to say the prayer. It was super short, but really sweet. She just said "thank you for sending me your missionaries." It made us so happy to be recognized as the Lord's missionaries! She also gave us a banana from her tree in her yard, and it was the most delicious banana I have ever tasted, so that was great.
After that we went to visit a former investigator named Jorge. He has been taught by tons of missionaries in the past, but he was never baptized. We shared a prayer, taught him the Restoration, and then committed him to be baptized on Dec 10th. He said yes! We are excited to keep teaching him, and we hope that we will be able to help him understand the need for a baptism by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God.
This week we also had a zone conference. There were a couple of zones there, and also President Richardson and his wife. We received some awesome training from President Richardson where he just asked us to think about the question: Am I trying to impress others or am I trying to impress God? He talked about the reason for everything we do should be because we love God and we want to serve Him. It was awesome! We also learned about the new Christmas campaign that the Church has #lighttheworld. We got a sneak preview of the video that will be released on mormon.org on November 25th and it is AMAZING! I loved it! Now we have a bunch of pass-along cards, and President told us that our whole objective is to get people to mormon.org. We are excited to start handing those out, and watching the Christmas video with people. Another cool thing we learned at the conference was how we, as missionaries, can help church members have missionary opportunities. Now we have these "Member Missionary Game Plans" that we are using to help members think of friends and family members, and then come up with one small action they can do to share the gospel with them. We haven't really had the chance to use it yet, but that should be awesome!
Sad story of the week, my bike tire is completely flat and now I have to buy a new one. We have been driving everywhere this week, which has been kind of nice.
Thanksgiving will be a normal proselyting day, but we do have two meal appointments with members in our ward. We aren't sure if it will be the usual Latin food, or if we will eat a turkey and everything. Either way, it will be awesome :)!
I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving week! I'm grateful for you all!