Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 16th - Week 51 "Slow and Steady Wins the Race"

Hey Everyone! 
It was a good first week of transfers. Definitely different than any other transfer since we are opening a sector. Hermana Chamorro and I are doing well though and are working hard together. It has been a testimony building week as I have the felt the spirit literally guiding my steps in an unknown area to find the investigators the other hermanas left us! Even with a map, sometimes the Chilean streets can be a little disorganized so I have definitely been needing divine help!

On Tuesday we had zone training and since I'm an Sister Training leader I was able to teach a class on the importance of the Book of Mormon. I was really able to study chapter 5 of PMG and it was a good learning experience. The best part is Hermana Chamorro and I have really put into practice what we studied.
I loved this quote from President Hinkcley!

President Gordon B. Hinckley declared: “Those who have read [the Book of Mormon] prayerfully, be they rich or poor, learned or unlearned, have grown under its power. … Without reservation I promise you that if you will prayerfully read the Book of Mormon, regardless of how many times you previously have read it, there will come into your hearts … the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments, and there will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”
We have been inviting EVERYONE to read the Book of Mormon. It is necessary if our investigators are going to progress in the gospel. I don't think I've ever read the Introduction more times in a week but it is so powerful and hopefully when we follow up our investigators will have done something.
Heres a litte on our investigators:

-Gladys is an investigator I taught about a month ago in my exchange here in Maray. With Hermana Padilla we invited her to baptism and she accepted, so it was fun coming back and seeing how much she has progressed. She is still having a little bit of trouble quitting smoking but little by little is making progress. We are aiming for her baptism in June!
-Diana is a neighbor of ours who just has so many questions! When we went to get to know her she told us she knows the church is true but just is so tired on Sundays that she can't come to church. We went to pick her up on Sunday but nobody answered which was a bummer but hopefully we can get her more excited this week.
-Rosa and Katia are 2 young nursing students. They seemed to have quite a bit of interest so this week will always be so important to follow up on their commitments they made!
Yesterday was a day of miracles. I was a little sad at church since nobody showed up and it had been a long hard week getting to know our sector. Hermana Chamorro and I hadn't been meeting our goals for the week which I was bummed about and yesterday we had an activity till 8 in the afternoon leaving us with only 2 hours to work all day. We decided to set the goal for 2 lessons with members and 2 new investigators. We left to work at 8 and first were able to visit a member family, little did we know they have a nephew living with them who isn't a member! We were able to talk to him about faith and invited him to church next Sunday. And he is married! That's a big deal here in Chile haha. After we decided to visit a less active who hadn't showed up to church after committing to go. I was honestly a little confused why we felt prompted to visit her since our goal was to find new investigators but we decided to follow the spirit. Her boyfriend just happened to be there! We talked about the Book of Mormon and then Carol (less active) was able to share her testimony of the Book of Mormon. Tomorrow we have a follow up appointment with them and her boyfriend. Christian is so curious to learn more about the gospel! It was such a great feeling reaching the goals we had set after a long hard week. The Lord really does bless us after the trial of our faith just as we can read in Ether.
Hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Freedman

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