This week has been great - as usual! We started off the week with the best way we know how - a trip to the Temple! It was really beautiful and added a sense of peace into the rest of the week!
We had a few really cool experiences this week!
First, we have been praying for a new progressing investigator. Someone who has really been prepared to receive our message. As we were walking to an appointment, we turned the corner, and there is a man with a young boy, around 3 years old. The boy, named Drew, ran up to us and hugged us out of nowhere! He asked us our named, and he told us he loved us already. It was super cute! Eventually, his dad came up and introduced himself. It turns out that the dad, Ryan and his wife have been meeting with missionaries for the past few months! They moved to a new apartment complex, so they lost touch with the missionaries. He said he has been looking for a sign from God, and there we were! He said he would love for us to come back and teach his family! So cool!
Second, we street contacted a man named Chief like last week. He said he lives in Scottsdale (out of the mission) so we didn't think we'd ever see him again. Earlier this week, we were going over to a less active members house, and who opens the door? CHIEF! We were like whaaaaaat? He apparently stays at the LA's (less actives) house every now and then. We were able to teach him of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and he cried the whole time. He asked us to come back in a few days. We go over, and we teach him again, and he committed to coming to General Conference! So, on Sunday he walked into General Conference with his cowboy hat on, and watched BOTH sessions. He loved the talk on baptism, and cried the whole time. Later, he asked us for a Book of Mormon. After giving it to him, he held it in his hands for a long time. He looked at us with tears in his eyes, and he promised us that he would read it.
So many tender mercies and miracles of the Lord! I love the mission!
Have an amazing week! I love you all! Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. They are definitely felt!
-Hermana Abigail Valenta
Questions from Mom
Dad wants to know if you were able to see the priesthood session of Conference because there was a talk by Elder Bednar on missionary work that he wanted you to hear!
We didn't get to see it :( but all the Elders told me about it! We read the summaries of all the talks! They seemed like they were all good! I saw the Elder Bednar talked about reassignment due to injuries or due to other things. I cant wait to watch it once the recordings come out!
Who were some of your favorite speakers in conference?
I loved Elder Holland's talk as well! I loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk, and also D Todd Christoffersen's! There were others ones I loved as well, but I just don't have my notebook with me right now to look up their names!
Where did you watch conference? Were you a good notekeeper? :D
We watched Conference in our Stake center. It was just the missionaries serving in this Stake that showed up hahahaha!
And of course, I kept great notes!
Do you know if you will remain English speaking or go back to Spanish?
I am not sure. I have an interview with President tomorrow, and hopefully he'll tell me then! I have a feeling I will be staying here in this area for another transfer. But we'll see!
Anymore baptisms scheduled?
Yeah, we have another baptism this coming Saturday! It is an 11 year old boy named Mikey!
Anything special you want in your Easter package that we will be sending to you?
Oooooooh how about those Cadbury eggs! The ones with the sweet filling on the inside!!!