I'm so sorry that this letter is late. We decided to change our preparation day to today (Wednesday) so we could contact more people on Labor Day. We truly saw miracles!First we met the Familia R. They are related to two other less active families in our branch. We got to know them better and have an appointment with them today (Wednesday) to have family home evening with them. Then we went and did some harvest blessing. We met two families that are very prepared and excited to hear more about the gospel. One of the families has a daughter that is 10 years old and plays the piano. She and I were able to play a little bit together and we were able to gain some of this family's trust.
We also had dinner with L and J (relatives of the Familia R). J came to the baptism in Turlock on Friday and talked with the branch president about marriage. He seems more open to the idea and his future mother-in-law is very supportive about everything. She wants her family to come back to church is helping us as missionaries get to know her family. During the dinner we were able to get to know them better and learn more about what we can do to help them progress.
We also stopped by R--a new investigator that is a friend of a member. We have taught her several times now and have gained both her and her family's trust. On Saturday when we passed by, we met her youngest daughter and she actually took us and our bikes back to our apartment complex when it was starting to get dark. (We biked a few times this past week. I love biking when we have appointments nearby.) When we arrived for our appointment with her on Monday she had made tamales for us and all of her daughters, including her daughter-in-law and her grandson were there. Through R's desire to learn more and share the blessings of faith and the gospel with her family, we gained 3 new investigators in one lesson. Her daughter-in-law and her grandson both have a huge desire to learn more and come closer to Christ.There was also a quote that I loved from President Harold B. Lee this week that says, " You must learn to walk a few steps ahead into the darkness, and then the light will turn on and go before you." It goes perfectly with Ether 12:6. It reminds me of the song by our friend, Sister Rogers, that says, "When I step into the darkness, will someone light the way? Do angels really guard me? Will my Savior really save?" Yes! He does! I know that when we have faith and take a step into the unknown, our Savior will step in and help and guide us along our way--He is our light.
I know that when we do our best, the Lord blesses us and makes up the difference. He honors our sacrifices and our extra effort. When we give our all, the Lord blesses us with many miracles and enlightens our minds so can learn more of and through Him. I love this work! I love the Lord! I am so grateful for the many miracles we have seen this week and the opportunity we had to work on Labor Day.
I love you all so much! Thank you for your prayers and support! I feel the support of your prayers every day. I hope you have a wonderful week! Love, Hermana VanWie