NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
November 11, 2013 "I'll go where you want me to go"
Hola mi familia:) Well I am not sure where to start. I think with the big news. Transfers were this week and I am leaving San Vicente. I have known for the last week I was leaving. No one told me and no I didn't sneak into presidents office. The Lord knows me well and prepares me ahead of time. I felt last week I would be leaving, but this weekend was still hard. I knew it was inevitable that eventually I would have to leave this area. I knew the Lord wouldn't let me serve the full 18 months in one area, but it took me by surprise how much it yanked on my heart. I think its hard because God is asking me again to leave what has so much become my home. I love these sweet people as my own. As i sat with my companion at the little table at Sus/Nars and testified to them the principles of the Gospel tears watered my eyes. I felt an immense gratitude for the opportunities and miracles I have seen here as I have labored in the Lords Vineyard. I feel so grateful that he let me love these people and see them grow. I cried too about leaving Sister Foutz. That might seem silly, but she really has impacted my life significantly and help me become a better person. I love her so much and will ever be grateful to her. I got 3 incredible transfers to serve along side one of the best people I know and my best friend. And the wonderful thing about serving in the VC is I will still see her every day! If there is anything I have learned this weekend is that this is truly the lords work. It does not matter where I serve, but how. I had to remind myself that this is his work and it will always move forward with our with out us. It is our choice to be a part of it. And I am excited for the new growth and opportunities to serve the Lord where ever he needs me. I have been transferred to the Mar Vista ward with Sister Ellis- English Speaking. Sister Ellis is from Utah and this will be her third Transfer. She is wonderful! She also is an incredible harpist so we are excited to do duets for Christmas:) More to come about Sister Ellis next week:) Sister Foutz is Training!! I knew she would- she is so good and is going to be the best trainer! She is getting a Latina! I am going to be a "grandma!" I also will be getting a new VC sister Leader Trainer Companion- Sister Barney is finishing her mission and will be going home so Sister Wells will be my new VCsltc :) She is incredible and I am excited to learn from her. There are a lot of good changes happening! So I have to write some tender mercies we saw this week. The first is Vidal. I wrote about him last week. He is the man that Sis Foutz and I teach in the VC who is my investigator in the teaching center. He is so prepared! We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he literally finished our sentences and connected it all together with us almost not saying anything. The spirit was able to testify to us all of the truthfulness of the Gospel as we testified simply of the plan of salvation (Vidal included!). It was probably one the most powerful lessons I have been in! Elder Chandler (one of the senior couples) actually serves in his ward and went and talked to the missionaries who are supposed to teach them so hopefully they will get in contact this week so he can have some good fellow-shippers!
The next was actually our member's testimony. Fran accompanied us to teach a very catholic investigator that we have. She is stuck in her ways and Fran went in and bore a doctrine filled testimony! She often accompanies us to lessons, but we pre-set her about what our purpose was tonight and she was incredible! Members are the Best!!
The last one I want to share was actually this giant tour sis Foutz and I gave to a Spanish ward that came in. Half the people there were investigators. I love Spanish wards. They are so friendly and welcoming with everyone.. (I am going to miss that haha) but the spirit was so strong as we testified and taught about the principle of eternal families and the temple. What I love about the VC is that it puts the Gospel into a clearer perspective. With the media it allows us to teach how the restoration and our relationship with Christ directly effects our personal lives and our families! I love being a VC sister. I love getting the opportunity to bare my testimony to large groups every day. I love getting to testify of my Savior and this incredible plan God has for us. I love this Gospel and I love this work. It truly is the Lords work! I will go where he wants me to go because he knows far better than I do. He knows us perfectly and all he asks is that we trust him and follow him and serve him. And I will. With my whole heart might mind and strength!