The last week of traslados (“transfers”) is always crazy! So I won’t make y’all wait any longer… I’m staying in A Coruña! Welp, no surprise there.
And Hermana Braun is off to (drum roll please) THE CANARY ISLANDS! She left yesterday to Madrid, where she has to leave behind one of her suitcases. Good luck to her! And then she flies to her new area there, Las Palmas, and will be the sister training leader. I’ll miss my “mission mom” so much! But I’m excited to meet my new companion, Hermana Spencer, from Idaho! I am staying with the hermanas in Santiago until she gets here tonight.
So we had been expecting it to be Hermana Braun’s and my last week together, and let me tell you, it was crazy and jam packed with stuff to do. For starters, the last week of the transfers is always filled with a ton of lunch appointments with members, which means a very full stomach. J I did finally learn how to make a Spanish tortilla though! Get excited for when I come home.
More than awesome food, we had some very exciting thing happens with investigators this week! I just want to point out something I have learned very obviously on my mission- THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES!
(I also need to be really careful about not using the “ceta” (pronounced “theta” in Spain) when talking in English… Like saying coincidence… hence the title of this email: Cointhidenthe!)
First off, we were finally able to meet with a young mom from Venezuela. We met her just walking down the street and had a great little chat with her, and then were hardly ever able to get ahold of her. Hermana Braun and I were so sad. BUT, God is just so good and planted an awesome member from the church here to be at the park the same day as her and had a great conversation about the Gospel. Somehow we connected the dots that this was the same girl and were able to all meet together. How cool!! She had the best questions and the whole situation is just a huge reminder that this is truly God’s work.
Then the next day we show up for our 3rd lesson with Ingrid and the first thing she says is, “I have a surprise for you.” She had read 17 chapters of the Book of Mormon in 3 days!!! Holy cow! She remembered every name, every place, knew the story. I was so impressed. I think this is what you call “a golden investigator”? But what does this have to do with God’s absolutely perfect timing? The way we met Ingrid was through her sister. We met her one day and she said just to stop by. So of course we did. Yeidi wasn’t home buuuut… her sister was! Ah man, Ingrid is just so awesome.
My heart is just so full today. Because of some miracle investigators, because of my awesome trainer, Hermana Braun, because of the love from the members in A Coruña, from all the support at home, and mostly full of joy in Heavenly Father! I was reading in Alma 29 this week which talks about one of the best examples of a missionary, Ammon.
Alma 29 says:
8 For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.
First off, it talks about each language. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to learn Spanish. It’s so easy to get hard on myself for saying something wrong, not understanding fully, or just simply not knowing enough. But then I remember how much the Lord has helped me learn a completely new language in these short 4 months and how powerful the language of the Spirit is! Then it talks about the wisdom that God has. Can I say ditto? God knows it all. When I don’t understand something, it’s so comforting to step back and remember that God knows the big plan for me, and that’s something much easier to trust in. And that’s what I glory in, just like verse 9 says! I’m so grateful for the knowledge and witness of Jesus Christ, for this opportunity I have to dedicate these 18 months to the Lord. I’m so grateful for my family and friends back home, and that every day I am blessed to be surrounded by all this joy!
I hope everyone has a good week! Get ready for General Conference and hear the word from our prophet and apostles!!!
Love you all,
Here’s some picture from last week…
Today I am in Santiago de Compostela with the Sister Training Leaders, Hermanas Dewaal and Baxter:
Have an awesome week!