Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Miracles Are Happening All Around Us!

Hermana Snow and me!

Hola mi familia!!!

First of all thank you sooo much mom for the package and memory cards! They were much needed :) You guys are the best! And for everyone that emailed me. All your emails really gave me the boost I needed! So thank you for all of your support! I love you all so much!  ALSO....Happy Birthday on Thursday Grandad! Make sure you all give him a big hug for me and make sure he knows I love him! :) Happy 94th Birthday you youngster!

Well this week has been awesome! I have seen so many miracles! One of them was just last night. So we are teaching this woman named Patricia and she told us at our last appointment that her neighbor is a member of our church. But we didn't recognize the address or the house so we were confused. So later that night we went by and just knocked on the door. They informed us that they were members and invited us in. They introduced themselves and I recognized his name (from Ward Council) Hno.Cardinez. So we talked for a while and found out that the reason they had suddenly gone inactive was because Hna. Cardinez was offended by some of the women in the Spanish group. So we had a good lesson on how we should come to church because we are converted to the gospel, even if the people at church are imperfect. And we left on a really good note. Well...our lesson after that was a lesson with Alejandro that we were going to take Bro. Stewart to (our High priest group leader) but Alejandro canceled. So we called Bro Stewart to let him know and because we had him on the phone we asked about the Cardinez family. And Bro Stewart was like...."Wait....you visited the Cardinez family today??" And we said yes and explained how we are teaching his next door neighbor and everything...and he was like..."Oh my goodness you are teaching his next door neighbor?" And we were like...Ya! Why? haha... So he went on to explain to us that he felt impressed to visit the Cardinez family earlier that day...only about 3 hours before us. While he was there he talked about the same thing we did like how we need to come to church for the gospel and not for the people, but then he said he felt impressed to talk about how the missionary work in the ward in really moving forward and how we need the Cardinez family to be at church to welcome in these new converts! So about 3 hours later we show up and tell them about how we are teaching his next door neighbor!!! WHAT!? 
Amazing right! AND a few days before we had visited Patricia and right after the lesson both Hermana Snow and I felt really impressed that we need to bring a member with us to her next visit! SO because the Lord is amazing and has provided that incredible path for us we are going to reactivate Hna. Cardinez and Convert Patricia all at once! How awesome is that!?? We are so excited! Anyway the whole series of events that led up to this was so inspired! I love when we can so plainly see the Lords had in the work! Miracles are happening all around us! 

Another one was after our district meeting this week. Our district meetings are out in Fredrick which is like 25 min away but still in our area. So we decided after the meeting we would contact some old investigators that lived out there. Well while we were doing this we saw this old Hispanic man walking down the street. (He looks like those super old Hispanic cow boys) Like wearing cow boy boots and cow boy hat and big leather jacket! haha so we felt like we should park the car....around the corner like a stalker...and walk down the street so we could "bump into him"....(If there is anything I have learned on my mission it is that missionaries are better stalkers that real life stalkers!)...Anyway so we proceeded with the stalker plan and ended up teaching him the whole first lesson and giving him a Book of Mormon right there on the street. AND he gave us his address to come back. So a few days later we went back to Fredrick to find Simon. And his address was no where to be found. The GPS couldn't find it, we couldn't find it...we were heart broken! We wanted to find Simon sooo bad! So we said a prayer that we would find him and we went back to drive around where he was walking the other night to see if we could find his address near there, but no luck. So we start driving out of this area and we see in the distance this man walking on the side of the street....And Hermana Snow is like...maybe that's him. And I'm like...Oh my word I think it is him!....So we drive up and sure enough Simon is strolling down the street! So again...super stalkerish....we park our car and run after him yelling SIMON SIMON!!! hahaha So we catch up to him and we ask him about the Book of Mormon and what not and he had read almost ALL of it!! He was reluctant at first but the more we got talking the more interested he seemed! We told him how the spirit had helped us find him and had lead us there...and he said that he knew our message was true because he had been praying for someone to come talk to him. He went on to say that he was so grateful to find people that believe in miracles like he does! Ahh it was sooo awesome! We are now teaching him and he is an awesome investigator! The only problem is that he lives 30 min from church and doesn't have a car. But we will figure it out :) The Lord always provides a way! :) Entonces, muchos Milagros este semana! 

We also had some hard times like this lady that always invites us in, yelled at us big time because we tried to invite her to the lessons and she was offended because she is Catholic. It was rough. But it was also an answer to prayer because we have been praying to know who we need to focus on and who is not going to progress. So clearly Naida is not going to progress so we can put our focus else where! Plus since our Spanish is still rough we couldn't really understand a lot of her yelling....so jokes on you Naida! hahah So even in the hard times we have seen Miracles!

It's pretty amazing! Heavenly Father is just too good to us :)
Sorry I got on a role and this email seems really long now. haha I hope everything at home is going well. I hear Bo needs glasses! :) I was laughing so hard how you told that story mom hahah :) Bo don't worry - all the cool boys wear glasses :)...and a lot of the pros wear sports glasses! You are going to look awesome! Send me some pictures!!! Soph the pics from your birthday were super cute! One direction movie ahhhh we're going to have to see it when I get home! Mags I'm excited for you for MORP! Your going to be the cutest sailor out there:) Davis you sound amazing! You inspire me so much! You look like a man in your pictures! I showed my companion how hairy your legs are and said...man that's so weird my little brother is a man!!! Kenna and Dalt I'm glad you guys had a good time with Marco and Julia! Sounds like their American experience was one to remember! :) Mom keep up the amazing work with your calling and just being a mom! You amaze me! You have soo much to do yet still have time to volunteer at the elementary school to do eye exams :) You're awesome! Dad hopefully you heal up soon! You're in my prayers! I sent you a post card wishing you luck, I don't know if you got it. Cuidate! 

Love you all more than you will ever know!
Love, Mace

What a lot of the doors we tract look like...

Hahah - this picture kills me..
so we worked a table at the flood relief center
and the "Good Samaritan Church" was right behind us.
ALL day long - like every 10 min they would
all huddle together and put their hands on each
other's shoulders and pray...facing the whole room
I had to get a sneaky pic :)

These are for you Dad -

Elder Wynn and I giving our "clap hug"

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