Exchanges this week were with the Parma sisters, Gibb and Miller. And the Spanish Ontario trio, Gutierrez, Stadler, and Carrasco.
I got to go to both Parma and Ontario. On exchanges no one one was home. Then later I learned that no one was home in New Plymouth either. Or Fruitland! I think everyone everywhere was just gone! But I met a really awesome member family. Sometimes on those bad days you meet someone who just cheers you up! It's a fantastic thing. I'm very grateful for those people.
The other exchange was on Friday and Saturday. I went to Ontario to the Spanish area.... needless to say I understood nothing. =P So that was weird. But it was very cool to listen to the sisters teach and know exactly when they were bearing their testimony because you can really feel the spirit when testimonies are borne. The spirit speaks to all whether they understand or not. In all languages. I had never experienced that before. So it was an amazing experience for me!
We were able to teach Sheri this week. She started out saying she had gotten her answer to know if the church is true.... she said she got the answer that the church was right for some people, but not right for her. We didn't know what to say. So talked about discerning spirits. And how sometimes God with holds our answer for a big so we can learn. Though she said it wasn't for her, she didn't sound very confident in that answer. She kept saying that she felt lost now. We explained that is because she wants the church to be true, God is just letting her figure things out right now. So she pushed her baptism to Valentines day. She still wants to get baptized, so that's good! I'm sorry if that made absolutely no sense. I did my best. haha.
We went to a less actives house this week and had a really good conversation with her and her husband about church. Then she came to church on sunday! It was so awesome! I love seeing less actives come back to church.
We help out at the senior center every week. In the thrift store and serving lunch. We have a lot of fun there. Trying to make ourselves known in the community. Everyone loves us. Hopefully we are making a good impression for the church!
On Sunday we went to teach a young family. They are active members. But she asked us if we could teach her the lessons so that she can teach her little girl the gospel when she gets older. She lacks confidence in her teaching skills. So we have been teaching her simply and trying to help her teach. This week we asked her to role play to her little girl, Nichole, who is only 6 months old. She didn't feel comfortable and didn't know where to start so we did it. We have never taught a baby before. Haha!! It was so adorable though. Because as we were teaching her the first discussion... the restoration, she had the funniest reactions. It seemed like she understood everything we said! She probably felt the spirit. At the climax' and exciting parts she would lean in and watch you so intently, then she would make a screech or something and get so excited. It was so funny. I had to take a video. Babies are really just so close to the veil. Honestly, one of the things I am super excited to do in 3 months is hold a baby. It's been way to long! haha =)
So that was our week. It was an interesting one, but still good. I love it here!
I found this scripture in Romansthis week....
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
Our example shows whether it's a good example or bad example. So be a good example!!!! =)
Love you all!