Monday, July 25, 2016

A New Start :)

Dearest Family and Friends,

Well another week has gone by!!! I think we've hit the hottest temperatures here, so hopefully every day we are getting closer to the cooler weather!!! :):):) haha :) This week was GREAT!!!! Sister Gallardo got transferred out, and Sister Helsten came in. I actually went to high school with her! She was called English speaking, but her mom is from Puerto Rico, so she knows Spanish - so her calling got switched to Spanish halfway through her mission. She was in a Spanish and English ward before, so now this is her first time in full Spanish and she LOVES it! We have been out about the same time. She came out 3 weeks before me. We get along great and work SOOO well together!!! :) I am SOOOOOOOO excited for this transfer!!!

I have been thinking about a quote from Elder Holland this week. I don't have my notes with me, but it's something like this "God doesn't care nearly as much as where you have been as much as he does where you are now, and with His help where you are willing to go." Sometimes I get discouraged about decisions I've made, days where I could've worked harder, etc. and it gets me down. I really want to leave all that behind and just give my whole soul to the work. That's what the Atonement is for!! If I dwell on all my mistakes, I'll never progress. That's not what Satan wants. I am SO excited to stop being a perfectionist, and just try harder each day and know the lord loves me :) It is His work after all. I just need to give my all and let Him do the rest!!!

We did a lot of finding and referral contacting and tracked down less actives this week. Since the boundaries for the stake got changed, our area got a little bigger, so we have new members in the ward from the sweetwater (other Spanish ward). We went and visited them, and now the branch council is going to go find them and welcome them to the branch! We might just get a little bigger! Woot!

I wanted to share 2 neat stories from this week. We were driving in some intense rain, and saw a poor guy on a motorcycle, and he looked MISERABLE. We were worried about him. We went through the overpass and saw him off to the side praying. It was SOOO sweet! The power of prayer is truly amazing, and I was so touched to see someone else using prayer to get through a tough situation! The other was when we were knocking. We contacted a referral, and asked them if their neighbors needed a prayer. They directed us to their neighbor, and old white lady who has cancer. We knocked on her door, and she was very unwelcoming. She didn't want to pray at all, and she looked SO grouchy. We told her we just wanted to stop by and tell her that her neighbors were thinking of her. She said, "you know, you're right. I
could use a prayer." She came out and prayed with us, and her countenance just changed completely!!! :) She was SOOOO happy after that! We talked about service and all sorts of great things with her! She doesn't want to hear the message, but she has heard of the church. So even though she didn't accept, maybe we planted a little seed in her heart :)

It was SUCH an amazing week! We have been working at 100 mph this week! We are SOO excited to be together and to get things going here! I love being a missionary. it's the greatest calling in the world I have right now. I am SO blessed to be here! I hope you all have an amazing week! I love you all! :)

Hermana Bringhurst :)
New Companion, Hermana Helston

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