Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a good New Years! Today is another holiday for the hispanics. It’s the dia de los reyes (I think). Family and friends get together and eat a circular bread that has mini baby figurines in it. Whoever gets a baby has to plan the next party. We had it last year, it was super fun. Sadly we didn’t have a party… but oh well.
For New Years, we celebrated with food and glowsticks. We put the glows sticks on our bikes and rode around. It was awesome and super fun. It made us feel festive.
We ate with Esther, her grandkids and other family members. They were just the best. As we met a lot of her family, we realized that a lot of Esther’s family were baptized Mormon about 20 years ago. So that was cool to find out. We got addresses and phone numbers to be able to contact them.
On Saturday we had an exchange. Those are usually eventful, and it was! I stayed in Covina while H Quezada went to East LA. H Duran was my companion for the day, we started our missions on the same day over a year ago, so it was really cool to work with her. We had some really funny things happen. She is super tall, H Quezada is not. She rode H Quezada’s bike for the first couple of minutes, and couldn’t get it to work comfortably so we switched. The seat was angled upwards, which felt super weird but I got used to it. After we switched, she said that the angled seat messed up her skirt, as she was riding, she could hear the seams popping on her skirt. We stopped and looked, luckily it was just coming loose, and there wasn’t a hole quite yet. She managed the whole day somehow!
We also had a really cool contact. We were about to walk past someone to go to a lesson we were late for but we stopped to give a card to a man. Turns out he was baptized like 20 years ago! We find people who were baptized 15+ years ago all the time now. It is so crazy! God is really trying to round up the less actives, and bring them back to the church.
We also had a really good lesson with Esther and her grandkids. It was a little nuts but her and her 5 grandkids sat at on the couch for a lesson. We taught the Atonement, and the 8 and 9 year olds really understood. They didn’t have much of a background in Jesus, and that lesson really helped them. They realized that God knowingly sent Christ, and knowingly let Him die for us so that all of us can be saved. It was a powerful lesson. It really amazes me how much children really understand. They are just soaking up the lessons and knowledge that those who have been members a long time take for granted. They all came to church this week. They loved it. They behaved so well, they stayed for all 3 hours! It was a huge accomplishment for them. Briana is working towards the baptismal date of February 9th. Everything they are doing right now is just leading to that. It is great to see it all happening.
Matilde is getting baptized next week! We are very excited for her. She is doing super well with her reading and everything. She just loves it all. We just love working with her because she really wants this, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. That’s how it should be.
Baptism is to wipe away all your sins, so you can enter into the kingdom of God. Wow, why wouldn’t you want that? It’s amazing. And living the gospel just makes you happy. I love it! I know that this church is true, and that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore it. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and is the proof that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet. I know that families can be together forever. I know it’s true and anyone can as well if they ask God.
Have a good week!
Hermana Laura Johnson