California Fresno Mission May 2013 to November 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Semana 8 en Kerman

On May 5, 2014, Hermana VanWie shared this letter: 
Querida Familia y amigos --

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!! And Happy Mother's Day this coming Sunday!!  This week has been wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sister M and I are still working hard and we are trying to be smarter about our missionary work. Because of our efforts this week and because of the Tender Mercies of the Lord, we were able to find two solid part member families and one of them came to church on Sunday! 

One of the amazing experiences we had this week was finding M. M is 11 and is a part member family. Last Sunday, we received a list from the clerk of members in the ward and we began to work through it--looking for families that we did not know or never had heard of. His family was one of the ones on this list. We went to their home and as we drove up, I remembered that I had been there once before with Hermana Z but we didn't get in. This time, we were welcomed with a wide open door and an invitation to please come in. We had a wonderful lesson with his mother and got to know her and to understand how we can help her. She explained to us, that she was kind of surprised that she could talk with us because a lot of other times she didn't feel comfortable talking with missionaries. I know that this is part of the reason that Sister M and I are here together--to find those who have been prepared for us and who are wanting and waiting to come back to the church. 

The next time we went over, she asked her two youngest sons to come in and be taught by us! What a miracle! We didn't even ask! M is a very smart boy and had a lot of questions before we came and has always liked church--he said it made him feel happy and good. I love it when children can recognize the Spirit! We taught them about the Restoration and taught them how to pray.

The next time we taught them was Saturday morning. He had prayed everyday! and said that he felt good when he prayed. We watched the Restoration with them and there was a special Spirit there. While the Spirit was there, we invited them to come to church and the mother said that they would come! It was such a wonderful feeling to see them at church on Sunday! The mother progressed, because she was coming back to church and being able to renew her covenants again and the children progressed because now they are learning more about Jesus Christ. I love helping people progress! It is such a special feeling.

We also found another part member family this week. His name is G and he is 10 years old. He too, wants to be baptized. We at first started teaching the mother, but then she called in her sons as well. Sister M was teaching the older brother to help him with some testimony doubts. So, I got to talk with G. At one point in our conversation I asked him how he felt and he said he felt proud. When I asked why, he said it was because he was learning. I explained to him that that happy confident feeling was from Heavenly Father because He is proud of him and He wanted him to know that he is making good choices. It was a very spiritual experience. He wants the Holy Ghost in His life and wants to do what is right. I know he will get baptized soon.

As I was studying Conference talks this past week, I found a quote I absolutely love, "Remember, you've prepared for this for millennia. This is your moment to perform. This is your four minutes. The time is now." I know that we can touch people's lives every day. We have been prepared and now as we follow our Heavenly Father's plan with the help of our Savior we can all help others return back home through word and deed.

I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to help others come closer to Christ. What an honor it is to be serving Him!

I love Him! I know that He lives!


Muchas gracias por todo su apoyo y su amor!  Los quiero mucho!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana VanWie

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