This week was wild. Miracles and fracasos and so many new faces and changes in the great TKM! I am thankful to be out here serving in the Spanish Branch in Tennessee! The weather is definitely getting up here and about to enter into the infamous humidity here. As up until now we haven't gotten hit that hard, but it is coming. Elder Allen and I are having a party together and keepin it tranquilo here in Leb Town!
President Pickett and and family: We had Zone Conference on Friday and we met our new mission president and his wife and family. They are AMAZING. They are from Idaho. President graduated from BYU from the business program and also got an MBA so back to back mission presidents with this type of background!! BYU MBA here I come!
4th Of July: from/basically 5 o'clock on was a party. The hispanos de la rama cooked up some fantastic carne asada and alimentos and we ate A LOT. We had tons of non members come and enjoy food, company and fireworks! These are firework stands set up all over town to buy fuegos artificiales so the temptation was real to go pyro but we made it through with the help of the Lord hahahaha. That will be my only 4th of July in the South!!! Sure was enjoyed. (I go home next July 3)
Ivy Villanueva: She is an absolute miracle (we will see her progression) but we received a referral from Temple Square of a lady named Carmen Maravilla whom we had met a few days earlier from giving her a pamphlet while talking to her outside her trailer home! We came to bring Carmen a Book of Mormon and we met Ivy and it turns out that she is a member that lives in Watertown!!! Which is like 10 minutes away but she as baptized a little over 7 years ago in Texas! She is the only member in her family and has a few kids! Pray for her because she seems hesitant about making a return! Another lost sheep.
Felipe Hernandez: he is such a rockstar I love this man! He is fully active and doing so well. He will pass the Sacrament next week and he also happens to be really good friends with Raul Funes who is our "eternigator" along with his wife so he will be able to help us fellowship them into the church!
The District: right now the Sisters are the only ones who have baptismal dates. Our area has so much potential pumping right now and we are having success finding lost sheep and bringing in new faces! This week will definitely require a training to help motivate us to find those who are prepared.
Anna y Alba Blancas: Mother and daughter who came to the activity for the 4th! Member referral! They live in Nashville but they are so prepared to receive the Gospel! They came to church this past Sunday in our building as well! SO stoked.
Me: I am doing great. My testimony of the Gospel blooms more and more every day and I am finding joy and satisfaction in my work. I still have my own personal trials and weaknesses but I know in whom I have trusted. Gracias a Dios!
La Clase de Ingles: we are teaching English to Hispanics now every Friday morning and we are also teaching a few people in their homes! It is so fun to see them put forth efforts to learn a new language and to progress in this country! We teach the basics and do a lot of role playing and vocab practice! It is helping me improve my Spanish to a greater degree than I knew possible!
Esther y Raul: We showed them a Conference talk by President Eyring called "This Day" which gives a general message that we should not procrastinate the day of our repentance. Such a spiritual lesson but they are still lacking the faith to commit to baptism because they are not doing the little things. We told them they aren't prepared right now but can be and can decide today that they WILL read, pray, come to church weekly, live the commandment, etc etc. We invited them to pray about a date. Pray for them :)
Oscar and Ibeth Lopez: Oscar is a convert of over a year and Ibeth is a return missionary from Mexico. They were married a few months ago and will going to the temple on Aug 5 to be sealed for time and all eternity in the house of the Lord. Oscar asked me to be his escort for his first time going through the temple!! It is right after transfers so I hope I can stay another one. I could stay 6 months here easy:)
So far so good. Nothing much more to say. I finished the Book of Mormon last night and I ponder upon the last word of Moroni to come unto Christ and be perfected in him. What a glorious Gospel this is. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and you read it, ponder its message, and pray to know it is true the Holy Ghost will manifest the truthfulness thereof. By that power you may know all truth. Les amo todos y Ciao!
4-6. BOM squad
7. Felipe tho
8. Youngins from Poplar Creek
9. Mi vato Carlos
10. Mercado con Distrito