Monday, September 15, 2014

muy ocupadas!

We have been so busy lately! So many great things on the calendar here in North Sac. Gosh, I love this area so much!!!! We are still working on helping our fellow hermano y hermanas out there to accept the invitation to come nearer to Christ through baptism - but heyyyy salvation isn't cheap (just ask Jeffery R. Holland ;) 

I gotta take a minute - just sit right there - I'll tell you how I became the prince.... 

just kidding :) 

real time. 

OUR MEMBERS ARE AMAZING! I adore this ward. Rio Tierra Represent! 

Get this: Noe, one of our investigators that comes to church every week, even came to stake conference, we had stopped visiting him.. because he wouldn't let us.. haha but then he agreed to an Appointment and came to english classes, this is where it gets good! 

He asked us all to say a prayer for his family.. they're having a rough time and the members that were there launched in on their testimonies like it was Fast Sunday! telling him how the Gospel can help in every aspect of life and asking him why he's not baptized yet! hahaha YESS! Unfortunately, Hermana Skidmore was out the door trying to give directions to another investigator who was very lost. The other missionaries said it was amazing! Hna sheffer "from what i understood!" haha i love her! She continues to amaze me with her insight, diligence and passion for the work! She has so many good ideas and is working so hard! 

Later on in the week we had a lesson with Noe and I joked with him that he was basically a member and he acutally said that he'd noticed his progression and "Vamos a ver..." we will see! THAT"S THE CLOSEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD TO HIM ACCEPTING BAPTISM! hahah the little things ;) 

Next up, Jose on Inca. we don't know his last name so we just call him by the Street he lives on... haha. Jose reminds me of Hno Salinas - holler at Hna Pitcher! - he's super real and just a good tempered guy. Hno y Hna Cassal nos acompanaron to the appointment and THEY WERE FIREEE!!!! yesss! We didn't tell them anything about Jose's concerns and they hit on every. single. one of them. Hna Cassal bore a powerful testimony on the Atonement: 

"When Jesus was here for His short ministry on Earth.. he didn't spend his time with Saints... he went to the criminals, the...ladrones.. (sorry i...spanglish brain.. ahhh..stealers?) anyways and so we can't just assume that just because we mess up again and again, he doesn't want anything to do with us! In fact, He would rather us spend more time with Him. to do more to grow closer to him. the most important thing he cares about is that we're trying. and inevitably, as we give up our hearts to let him change us, we will actually change ourselves." 

So that made Jose sit back in his plastic black chair and think a little bit. As we all sat there in his garage, I had to point something out to him...

"Jose, tonight when we knocked on the door, you were asleep... your daughter woke you up and you came out here... that doesn't happen very often that people do that... but you did. because you have felt and are currently feeling the Spirit..." 

He was like "yeah... I have noticed a change.. since I've started meeting with you.."

Then Hno Cassal proceeded to committ Jose to know if what we share is true. Bomb. Gracias!!!

Jump to last night, we're driving and we drive past a street where some old investigators live - Hna P - sylvia (frind of hna chicas)

At first I just kind of shrugged off the prompting... but then on the way back decided to go - I gotta quit doing that! Just go the first time hna skidmore!

Anyways, we get there... Sylvia no longer lives there. Maria and her three daughters. Turns out they're going through some rough stuff. We helped one of her little girls say a prayer and Maria was in tears by the end. Just know that maybe we were an answer to someone's matter if they accept the restored Gospel or not...fills me with gratitude.

Me encanta ser misionera.

Les quiero con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Skidmore

#thestruggleisreal - gettin that skirt stuck in the bike #rookie ;) It happens to the best of us. 

GENERATIONS! Hna Cuesta with the hermana she's training! and then me with my 2nd!