May 20, 2013
HELLO MY DEAR FAMILIA!
I can't believe it's already P-day again! Seriously, time on the mission is the weirdest thing! Days drag on, but weeks fly! Muchas muchas gracias por my package! I absolutely LOVED it! EVERYTHING IN IT WAS PERFECT! Nothing beats cinnamon bears from the BYU Bookstore and an adorable shirt! I absolutely LOVE getting Ashy's emails! They are so her but she is really learning and growing and I'm so so proud of her! I absolutely loved the MTC (probably partly because I had an incredible district, zone, and teachers) but it is truly a spiritual place!
This week has been pretty good! We were actually able to have quite a few sit down and talk for about an hour kind of lessons. Many people still cancelled, but there were still quite a few people that were actually there which is a MILAGRO! A complete MIRACLE! We had really high hopes of having about 5 people coming to church with us this week and we were completely stoked but then people have this thing called agency (like I've talked about before) and we ended up only having one. When these kind of things happen I just try to laugh it off and not get upset because if I get mad every time, it make for an angry 18 months. I definitely do get sad and bummed though! There were a lot of really wonderful things that happened this week though!
So our upstairs neighbor, Lucy, HAS A BAPTISMAL DATE!!!!! :) We are so so so excited for her! She is so solid! We started teaching her last week. In our first time meeting with her, as we were getting to know her, she explained to us about how she is unable to have kids and that it is something that she is really bummed about. We went in planning on teaching about the Restoration but we were guided by the spirit to teach the plan of Salvation. All I can say is thank goodness for the spirit! She absolutely LOVED it! All of it! Her eyes just kept lighting up and she was so so happy. The next time we went to visit her we talked about the Restoration and when we told her we have a prophet today, her mouth just dropped (like, why in the world have I not heard about this?!). We then invited her to be baptized and she was so excited. She thought that President Monson was going to baptize her so we had to clear that up, but she is just so incredible. About two days ago we went over and taught her about the doctrine of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) and we taught her about the Word of Wisdom (because you have to be living it for two weeks before you can be baptized). She had strong faith though and we talked to her about having to change her date so we changed it from . The best thing about that visit though, was that when she opened up the Book of Mormon, not only had she read beyond where we had asked her to, but she was marking it! I'm telling you, this woman is incredible! We just adore her! , she came to John (our other neighbor's baptism), who the other sisters had taught. At this rate, we are just going to try and help convert the whole apartment complex! hahah :) But, she was so excited to come and we were able to give her a tour of the chapel, it being her first time there. When we walked into the chapel, all she could say was WOW. She kept telling everyone that she was going to be getting baptized! It was so cute!
We started teaching another family this week too! We met a lady on the bus last week with her two girls and set up an appointment to go visit them. The mom's name is Hana and she has three kids, Brianna (14), Leanna (11), and Arnold (9). They are actually from a Navaho Resorvation in Arizona. We taught them about the Restoration and the SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG! Probably the strongest I have ever felt it in a lesson thus far. It was such an incredible experience to testify to them that the Book of Mormon was about their ancestors! There eyes just completely lit up! At the end we were able to have a kneeling family prayer and it was just such a wonderful lesson! The girls were so intrigued and of course I went home that night (like I do every night) and laid in bed dreaming up there future in the church. About how wonderful young womens would be for them and about how they could girls camp and the list could go on! Yes, I do this everytime! hahah
Lastly, yesterday we got to take Victor and June to the Liberty Jail for a President's Devotional. Twice a month, President and Sister Keyes hold a devotional for all the recent converts of the month. It is kind of like a testimony meeting, and then President and Sister Keyes share their testimonies. Oh my goodness was it amazing! I can't begin to describe the sweet spirit that filled the room as new members of the church shared their conviction of the truthfullness of the gospel. And then to finish it with the testimonies of President and Sister Keyes who, when he just walks in the room, the spirit can be immediately felt. It was such a neat experience and Victor and June really enjoyed it. After, we went on a tour of the jail with them and they had never been so it was great!
Well, I sure do love you guys more than you'll ever know! At this time, I just feel so incredibly blessed! God has been so good to me! I want you to know that I have a testimony of this gospel. I know that God is our Father and that because He loves us so much, He sent His son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. I know that the same church that Christ established over 2000 years ago has been restored. That Joseph Smith was called to be an instrument in the Lord's hand to bring back what had been lost. I know that because of this restoration, the proper authority given to man to act in the name of God has been restored. Me encanta este evangelio con todo mi corazon. Les Amo MUCHO MUCHO!!!!!!
Su Hermanita Jorgensen
This is our neighbor John who got baptized.
|This is Nokomis. We have been teaching him for a while.|
|This is darling Lucy our neighbor. She came to John's baptism.|
|Sister Wuebkes and I at the Liberty jail.|
|Victor, June, and us visiting the Liberty Jail together. What a great memory.|