Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coral Reef: Week 4 February 13, 2017

Hola everyone!

I will start off by saying last Monday I was pretty excited to get out of the house after a day inside (Sister Hernandez was sick), but I think that the Lord knew I needed to learn patience because we had to stay in for 3 days this week!!

First off, Tuesday was a normal day of missionary work. We knocked doors, did some service at the Habitat for Humanity, and contacted a bunch of former investigators. That night we had dinner with a lady in our ward named Sister Robinson. She is the cutest little black lady, with an awesome Southern accent, and she is a midget. We loved talking to her because she has such an amazing conversion story. She was baptized about 5 years ago. Her mom had just passed away, and she had been thinking a lot about the afterlife when two sister missionaries knocked on her door. At first, she didn't want to hear anything they had to say, but then one of them mentioned living with her family forever, and she let them in. She was baptized 3 weeks later! Now, she is still in contact with those sister missionaries, and she LOVES them. She works in the temple every Thursday, which is amazing because she has a lot of health challenges, and she teaches early morning seminary. She is such a sweet person, and it was awesome to get to talk to her. She told us a fun fact: most of the Angel Moronis (on top of the temples) weigh about 350 pounds, the one in Florida weighs 650 so that it won't blow off in the hurricanes!

On Wednesday we had an awesome Zone Training! We talked about how "we do it for Christ." Every time we go out to knock doors, or talk to someone, or do anything we do it for Christ. It was awesome. 

On Thursday we had a lesson with Charo. She is still doing well, but she is feeling pretty depressed right now. She is in a very difficult situation with her daughter, and she is struggling with her health. I wish we could help her to see that the gospel is what will bring true happiness into her life!! This week we are focusing on helping her quit smoking. We are calling her every morning to check up, and keep her accountable, and we will try to visit her a few times this week. We are still praying that her heart will be softened, and that she will recognize her answer about the Book of Mormon. After our lesson with Charo we were out knocking some doors, and Sister Hernandez's eye starting doing some weird things. There was a TON of mucus coming out, and it was really red. We weren't really sure what was wrong with it, so we called the doctor. He told us that he would get back to us. Well, we had a lesson to teach with our investigator Jamie, so we decided to go for it. Even though we had to keep it really short, it was a great lesson. Jamie is really receptive to the things that we are teaching. She is usually just nodding her head and saying "yeah, that makes sense." We committed her to read from the Book of Mormon, and she promised to do it. The Spirit was so strong during the lesson, so we are excited. The only thing is that we have not been able to get a hold of her for a couple of days, and we know that she wasn't at church, so we are praying that everything is still good! After the lesson we got a call from the mission doctor, he told us to go to the urgent care, because she probably had an eye infection. By that time it was already past curfew so we had to call President Richardson to tell him we would be home late. We waited at the urgent care for 45 minutes, but finally the doctor diagnosed her with pink eye. When he told us that we should not have contact with people for 3-5 days our faces fell. 3-5 days?!

So, after going to fill her prescription Friday morning we barricaded ourselves in our house. Pink eye is super contagious, and even though we wanted to go proselyte, we knew it was better to stay in than getting everyone sick. So......for 3 days we cleaned the house, read the scriptures, painted our nails, talked, watched "The Testaments" 75 times, colored, and napped. We had fun together, but it was definitely a long 3 days, so we are super excited to get back to missionary work today!! Miracle of the week is that I did not get pink eye as well! We were praying so hard that I wouldn't get it, because that would mean another 3-5 days in the house. So far so good, so we will be back at it tonight! Having to stay inside for a few days helped me to realize  how much I love missionary work!! It is truly such a blessing to be able to talk, teach, and testify to people all day everyday about our Savior Jesus Christ. One of my favorite parts of the testaments is when Christ finally comes to visit the Americas, and he goes to heal a blind man, and all he says is the man's name "Helam." It makes me think of the day when we will see Christ, and he will call us by name. I think that the only thing I would be able to say is "thank you." I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ, I know He lives, and we are so blessed to have His church on the earth so that we can receive all of the blessings He has to offer us. 

I love you all, I hope it is a great week!

Love, Hermana Monson

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