This week has been full of miracles! After I emailed you last week we were walking to the BYU Dinosaur Museum and had just crossed the street from Brigham's Landing and we heard a huge crash. I didn't think much about it until we walked down the street and saw a car completely flipped over and on the side of the road we saw a smashed up van, a sobbing woman, and a baby. We didn't know what to do, but we ran over to see if everything was ok and what we could do to help. One of the Hermana's asked the woman if she would like a blessing and she said she would. The Elder's took her into the parking lot and gave her a blessing. We weren't even close by when it was happening, but the Spirit was so strong. I know that we were there at that moment for that reason. We had the perfect timing as we didn't witness the crash but we were able to help with what was going on. Everyone ended up walking away, including the 83 year old man who was in the car that flipped. God is so good.
I got the best package from the Brigance's last week. Reading those letters and looking at the drawings from those little cousins of mine made me sob. (The first time up to that point!) I was having a rough day and it made everything worth it. I am so thankful for all of the mail I have received. They truly are little miracles.
On Sunday we said goodbye to our first friends here. They helped us out with so much! Here's a picture of us! Funny story, Elder Delgado (the one standing next to me) put his arm around me when we went to go take the picture and everyone in the whole zone saw and then he immediately asked wait...I am allowed to do that and everyone yelled no and then kept making fun of him for putting the moves on an Hermana. supper awkward.
I had the best day on Monday! Here is my journal entry:
Today was the most incredible day I have had so far. We had TRC tonight ( where we teach members in spanish). oh my goodness. It was the most spiritual experience I have ever had here. We taught Hermano Juan Carlos, our new "investigator" (Our teacher Hermano Whittaker). He is the most depressed soul. I was so immediately saddened by him when he opened the door. But oh my. The spirit was so strong in that lesson. We tried to get him to pray for us so Hermana Zimmerman prayed first and then we asked him if he would pray for us. He said "no," and then pointing at me "will you pray for me?" i freaked out. I am so terrified of praying in front of people, especially in Spanish. I stared at Hermana Zimmerman in pure horror. I didn't know what to do. I froze and then he said " How can I have faith if she doesn't have enough faith to pray for me?" I HAD to pray then. I mustered up all of the faith I had and said the most powerful 2 sentence prayer of my life, in Spanish.
The spirit was so strong in that moment. My Heavenly Father helped me so much! The gift of tounges is real. In TRC we taught Hermana Applegate. She asked us why we decided to serve missions. While telling our stories Hermana Zimmerman and I lost it. We were sobbing. The spirt was so strong while I was telling my story and every doubt I had about deciding to serve a mission vanished. I know without a doubt this is what I am supposed to be doing.
Monday was truly a great day!
This morning we had the opportunity to go and participate in sealings in the temple. It was so wonderful. It made me so grateful that you and dad made that decision to be sealed together. I couldn't help but think of my future family and how I want an eternal family just like ours. The Gospel is so wonderful! I am so grateful to have been born into that covenant and know that our family is eternal. Last night we had a wonderful devotional from Elder Aidukaitus. He talked a lot about our destination at the end of this life and to choose where we want to end up. He challenged us to choose which kingdom we want to go to and then to write it as big as we can in our journals. He said after we choose which kingdom we want to end up in our decisions in life become a lot easier because every decision we make should lead us to the kingdom we choose. Just some things to think about :) Now go read D & C 76 and decide!
The first picture contains all our our books they gave us on the first day.
The second one is our district! We are BFF's. Lauren Miner knows one of the Hermana's(:
The third is after our first lesson in Spanish...
4th my companion and I
5th us with another district
6th my companion and I
7th us singing in the Tuesday devo choir
8th 8 hours is not enough sleep. I often look like this in the morning....hahahahahaha
Love you all!
Hermana Elise Riedelbach