Well, I guess we'll start from the end of the week and work backward: MISSION 3RD WARD WAS SPLIT YESTERDAY!!!!!!!! Ahhhh!!! yay! It was so fun! We had a record 320 people at church yesterday and they created the Mission 4th ward. President Torres was the last one to bear his testimony yesterday and he said that Our stake, Harlingen, Brownsville, Laredo, and Edinburg stakes all have high goals for reactivation, retention, and new converts. Because THEY WANT A TEMPLE!!! It was so fun to see and feel the excitement and the hastening of the Lord's work down here in the valle.
Saturday Sister Valdez went to the temple with someone she reactivated, so after spending the morning going to two baptisms with Sister Luna and Sister Postoian, I went with one of the sweetest members of our ward ever. She and I worked for a couple hours and she doesn't speak any English. Zip. Zero. Nada. And so that was really stressful! Not only having the entire area on your back, but with a member who I can't communicate with? Nope. Super scary. But Friday night I was just praying and praying and praying before I went to bed. I wanted to know how to do it. And I remembered a story from President Monson from this last conference. ("Principles and Promises"). And he told the story of a soldier who needed to climb a rope to a ship with a big radio strapped onto his back. And he had climbed about a third of the way up when his strength was completely depleted. He said a silent prayer telling Heavenly Father that he had always kept the Word of Wisdom and kept his body healthy, and that he needed to receive the blessings from being obedient. And he was given the strength to climb up the rest of the rope and get aboard the ship. So, Friday night when I was praying and asking for help, I was reminded of that historia. And I have been working really hard on my Spanish every day. Reading the Book of Mormon over breakfast, doing grammar during our Spanish study time and reading out loud. And I asked to "cash in" my blessings in a sense. And so Saturday went really well. It was amazing! I was able to communicate with this member and talk to people on the phone--which I'm normally terrible at. And it was just an overall great day. :)
Thursday we also had exchanges with our STL's [Sister Training Leader] and I spent the day with Sister Edmunds. :) She's going home Wednesday.
Keep doing good things and thank you for all the prayers. :)
I know that God is willing to bless us, we just need to ask for His help.
p.s. TRANSFERRRRRRS! I'm staying here in Mission!! And Sister Valdez is going to be our STL with sister Rivera!! yay!! (And I have no idea who my companion will be.) :)