Oh, this week was awesome!! There is always so much that happens, both good and not so good. First I’ll start out that transfers this week and…..we are both staying!!! I am so happy that I can finish up training hermana Portilla and myself and then I will be done with training for a while. I am so happy we get to stay here in the Branch. There is a lot of work to do but it’s progressing little by little. Yesterday they called a Branch Mission Leader, finally!! Hermano Renteria is possibly one of the funniest people I know so it is going to be great to work with him and help him in this new calling.
Elder Ruano and Elder Gunther are leaving, they have both been here for a while and the branch is really going to miss them, but change is good and different missionaries can bring something new to the branch. yesterday was the Baptism of a little boy named Uriel. His mom has been inactive for years and just three weeks ago has started coming back to church. We had Maria and Maria and Victor there so that was really cool.
Marshall also came to church to the English ward. We met him towards the beginning of the transfer on the road one day and he knows this is all true!! He is so cool and I really believe one of the people I was supposed to meet on my mission.
Description of pictures: We went to the Civil Rights Museum on P-day. It was so cool to see the 16th street Baptist Church, where there were 6 kids killed in a bombing during the Civil Rights Movement. We are in the heart of it all! Cool Story: JP was a member but his wife and wasn’t. They hadn’t been to church when the Missionaries knocked on their door. Hna. Barroso and I invited them to church and they came. Crystal and their oldest daughter Ember were baptized on Saturday. The power of conversion is real people! Dinner on Sunday with los Renteria. That family is seriously the funniest!
I am still learning a lot and every day I am reminded of my faults but I am also shown daily the blessings of the Lord in my life. God blesses us when we try our best every day, and even when we make mistakes or even deliberately disobey, we can always repent and receive comfort and forgiveness. I know that through the atonement of Christ ALL mankind may be saved. That is our message to the world and every day it becomes more and more real as I see the changes the Atonement makes in the lives of others.
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” Galations 6:7-9
Don’t be weary, don’t faint, we can do this and we can do all things that the Lord requires of us if we just obey and follow him. I know the scriptures give us real guidance if we study them diligently. Pick a topic and find a way to apply it in your life this week. Les amo mucho!!! Cuidense
-Hermana Savanna Johnson. I’m happy because I choose to be!!