Monday, August 10, 2015

I Seriously Love Them

Hi everyone!

Today, I wanted to talk about this AMAZING family we're teaching! This story starts a while back when we were inputting all the information for the area books. I don't know if you remember when I talked about how we had three area books that we had to manually put into the system? So, as we were doing that, we marked certain people from past records of the area book that we felt we should visit again. On this marked list, we included this family: the mom is named Chayo, the dad is Carlos, and their two kids, Bruce and Jasmine. The list was kind of long and so we've just been working our way through it slowly as we've had time.

About a month ago, right when Hermana Stevens arrived, we set up an appointment to go see Gabby Gomez, our recent convert who was baptized in June. As we were driving over there, I just had the strongest impression that Gabby had someone for us to teach, that she knew someone who needed to hear the gospel right now. When we got there, a woman answered the door and she looked really surprised to see us. She immediately walked away from the door and said, "Tia, the elders are here to see you." and we were thinking,"Uhhh, okay". So we walked in and started talking to all of them. The woman at the door introduced herself as Maria. The more we talked to her, the more comfortable she became. She told us how she had lived in McMinnville six years ago but then moved to California and recently had decided to move back because she saw how negatively the move was affecting her kids. About halfway through the conversation, Gabby referred to Maria as "Chayo" and all a sudden it clicked. I realized who she was! 

We started asking her about being taught by the missionaries before and she told us how she had grown up going to church with Gabby. Two of her kids have been baptized but she never has. She had been thinking lately that maybe it's her time. Since then, we've been teaching her twice a week, every week. We're preparing her to get baptized, the time frame is still up in the air because she said she needed to talk to her boyfriend about getting married and that if he wasn't willing to marry her at this point then she would tell him they couldn't be together anymore because this was more important to her. She's amazing! 

Yesterday, they came to the church as a family for the first time in six years and it was AWESOME! They seemed super happy and glad to be together. It was awesome! Such a good day and such a good family. I seriously love them. 


Hermana Meise

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