Friday, June 9, 2017

Coral Reef Week 17 May 15, 2017

                                                                        Fun P-Day Activity!
Hola everyone!

I hope it's been a great week! I hope that everyone enjoyed mother's day as much as I did! It was so good to talk to my family, they are awesome!

On Monday we had a combined zone activity, we played ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and volleyball. It is officially determined that our zone is the "best of Miami," so that was a lot of fun. That night we were biking, and trying to decide where we should knock doors. Well, we were led right into Ellen and Kiana! Kiana is 21, and Ellen is her mom. Kiana was in a car accident in April, she broke her ankle and dislocated her hip. She told us that she has been really humbled ever since the accident, and we can already tell that she has been prepared to receive the gospel. Ellen told us that she does not normally does not open the door to strangers, but she let us right in and even escorted us back to Kiana's bedroom so that we could say a prayer with her. She said she couldn't describe exactly why she let us in, but we knew for sure that she felt the spirit!

On Tuesday we enjoyed some mango for breakfast, yay mango season! We went to go visit a potential investigator, a cute little old Cuban lady that is missing a few teeth. After talking with her for a while we could tell that her elevator doesn't stop on all of the floors, if you know what I mean. However, her grandson Bryan was very interested in our message. He asked if we would come back the next day again. We ended up teaching him a couple of times, but he is living with his mom in Homestead (about 30 minutes outside of our area), and he only visits his grandma sometimes. We won't be able to keep teaching him, but we know that a seed was planted. He said he will definitely try to go to church with his mom in Homestead! 

On Thursday we had a new member lesson with our Cuban family in the home of the Enriquez family. The Enriquez are some of the most missionary minded members I have ever met, they are absolutely amazing! They made us all a delicious dinner of rice, pork, and maduros. Then we taught the plan of salvation to Yudenia and fam again. They all understood it really well, and the Enriquez said it was a great review for them too (they were baptized about 3 years ago). It was great!

On Friday we had interviews with President Richardson, he is amazing. He has such a strong testimony. I always feel more resolved to work harder after I talk to him. That night we went to go and visit a less-active member named Tarri. She is wonderful. She told us during our last visit that she does not think she is ready to come back to church right now, so we told her that we just want to help her take baby steps. She agreed. Mostly she just needs a friend, so we ended up chatting with her for about an hour while eating popcorn, trail mix, and ice cream (she LOVES to feed us when we come over). At the end we shared a scripture with her about the beauty of God's creations and how much he loves us. We ended up on the topic of our favorite flowers, and when I told  her that mine is an orchid she says "wait." Next thing we know she jumps up, and returns a few minutes later with a beautiful purple orchid in a little flower pot. She hands it to me, and won't take no for an answer. Now I have an orchid sitting on my study desk :). 

On Saturday a family from our ward fed us the most delicious breakfast I have had on my entire mission. It was orange scones, sticky buns, crepes, waffles, ham, and omelets. The Elders from our ward came too, and we were pretty much all on cloud 9. That day we also had ward correlation with our crazy ward mission leader and we spent at least half of it with him on a tangent about how he discovered that he did not like drugs in his "old days" back in Cuba. We love him, he is so funny. 

Sunday was great! We had church, and our Cuban family all came. We were relieved because most of them missed church last week. Relief Society was great because they had a special mother's day lesson and at the end they had a huge buffet of treats, so Sister Carling and I were happy to partake. That night we had dinner with the Nilsens, an AWESOME couple from our ward that lives in a mansion. Their kids are all grown up and moved out of the house, so it was just the 4 of us. They are so sweet. Next we skyped our families, and afterward we had fun making cookies with Sister Nilsen. 

Overall it has been a great week! We are excited that Kiana and Ellen are progressing so well. They weren't able to come to church this week, mostly because Kiana can't walk, but they are both reading the Book of Mormon every day. 

I am so grateful for the chance to be a missionary and feel just a small part of the love that God  has for His children. I know that this gospel is true, it is what will bring us happiness. I am so grateful for the Savior, and I know that following Him is the best thing we can do!

Love, Hermana Monson

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