Monday, April 17, 2017

He Lives!

My favorite people! Hello!

This week was crazy. All of our investigators fell off the face of the earth so we were basically starting from scratch. We knocked a ton (like 2+ hours every day) and saw a lot of miracles. On Tuesday, we decided to visit a less active part-member family and ended up having a great discussion with the dad and his son! This Brother was telling us that he's been feeling like he needs to go back to church and he wants his son to come with him. His son happens to be 11 years old, just like Julian. And just like Julian, he has one member parent who is less active. So I guess the Lord trusts us to work with them since we were able to help Julian's family! We were really jazzed about that experience so the next evening we visited a less active family and showed them the Easter video the church put out this year. We started talking about the blessings of the gospel and how Heavenly Father can only bless us when we are obedient and invited them to take the missionary lessons as a family. They said yes and we are pumped!

One of the really cool miracles we saw this week happened when we went to visit a referral. We knocked on her door and there was no answer, so we decided to knock the rest of the doors in that part of the apartment complex. No one answered on her floor or the floor below her. Finally, on the last floor we met Carrie. Carrie just so happened to be staying at her boyfriend's house because she'd been fighting with her family. She accepted the prayer telling us she wasn't sure she believed in God, exactly, but that she believed in something. We prayed then taught her about the Restoration right there. The only reference she had about Mormons was an episode of "South Park" so we were able to clear up a lot of her confusion about that. We've been meeting with her every day since and she just devours the gospel! She read some anti-mormon stuff online and as we discussed it with her she totally overcame any doubts she had and started saying how ridiculous it all was (picture me nodding with my arms crossed back-up dancer style). She slept through her alarm and missed church yesterday and she was so bummed. We'll get her there next week!

I'm grateful that the Savior's influence can be felt more strongly around this time of year as most people remember the Savior. I'm certain that more people spoke with us this week than would have otherwise :) We had the most beautiful Easter sacrament meeting yesterday. A sister in our ward spoke about the talk Elder Holland gave called "And None Were With Him" and discussed how the Savior had to feel the effects of sin and mistakes in order to understand how each one of us feels when we are burdened by those things. He, the son of God, willingly suffered so we wouldn't have to do it alone. I know with every fiber of my being that Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again. He is truly the Savior of the world and the Redeemer of our souls. He knows you. He knows exactly what you are feeling. Remember that there was a time that even he felt abandoned. Keep going, keep praying, and keep hoping for a brighter future.

I love you all! Happy Easter!

The temple as captured by Sister Christiansen's iPhone
Mir, the shoe guy. I tried to stand away from him but sometimes it just doesn't work.
The Rodeo District in our Belle Glade hats. 
When we have no clean dishes so we eat off of Tupperware lids.
Dyeing Easter Eggs!

Easter!
We made milk shakes and we're nerds. 

A Haitian member made us dinner and gave us a full fried fish. Literally the whole fish-eyes, tail, bones...so yeah. 

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