Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fotos from Ixtapaluca!

We ride in moto taxis a lot now that our area is so much bigger... and my comp is all about the mototaxi selfie (:

Fotos featuring the new dress code changes... rocking the sunglasses and sombrero. I seriously love that they let us wear them now.

The missionaries of our ward and sisters from Ixcalli.

A family in our ward that is going to the temple to be sealed soon! They are actually related to one of my favorite families in my last ward! 

Finding the Elect...

August 22, 2016
This week was cool (:

We saw a lot of really awesome miracles this past week.

On Friday we ate lunch in an little restaurant called an "economic kitchen". There are a ton of these here that sell SUPER cheap food that is actually pretty good. Normally, it's kinda lame to eat in one of these, and not be with members instead, because we feel like we just lose time eating and we don't get to share something and strengthen a family while we eat. But this past Friday as we were eating out and we saw a guy, 30 or so years old, eating and reading the bible. My companion and I looked at each other and thought, "interesting." And, as we waited, we found an opportunity to talk to him. As we talked, he expressed his frustration with religion... That things have changed; that people have started to think that what we do doesn't matter; that all we need to do is have faith... when actually, the bible teaches us that we need to act and make covenants with God... He expressed frustration that people have forgotten all of this. My comp and I were just sitting there with our mouths open, ha ha... Saying things like "uh huh, asi es." We taught him a bit of the restoration and we invited him to church... And he came!!! In a spiffy suit jacket and everything. The only bummer is that I don't think that he actually lives in our area, but he has definitely been prepared to hear the gospel!

Also, we had a really cool experience with some investigators. A couple weeks ago we were looking for a particular investigator, but couldn't find her, so we knocked the neighbor's door asking around for her (missionary strategy... We see if the neighbors know the person that we are looking for. This way, we find out if the address we have for the person we are looking for is a good address...AND we also get to contact the person's neighbors in the process. (: Kind of a two for one thing!) So, while we were doing this process, we contacted a 20 something year old girl that lived there. She told us we could share part of our message with her, so we started asking her questions and talking about the restoration. But while we were talking with her, it started to rain. And then it started to rain a little harder... And then, hallelujah, she invited us into her house! I love the rain for that reason! Only rude people or people who legitimately can't receive us, reject us when it is raining. So they let us in and we got to teach her whole family! While we were teaching them, we invited them to baptism and everything... Super cool lesson. And then we went back this past week and they told us that right after we talked to them, they went to find a movie to watch. She said that one caught her attention, and that as they were watching, they realized that it was exactly what we had explained to them about the Book of Mormon...that a boy had an angel appear to him and tell him where plates of gold were and that after he found them, people tried to take them away from him... and just a bunch of stuff that happened with the Book of Mormon - things that we hadn't even explained to them... and they were telling us all of this! I don't know if they found some church movie hanging out in the pirated movie stand or what... but they were talking to us like "I don't know if it's a sign or what... but it kinda freaked us out..." So that was pretty cool. God really does help us in this work.

Things are going so well here! We have a lot of investigators - people who have goals for baptism. We are happy and super excited!

Love you all!
Hermana Wolferts

Us in the rain. We were walking to an appointment in the rain and saw a family running and getting soaked, so we lent them our umbrellas. We got super wet...but on the bright side, we are teaching the family now (:

Monday, August 15, 2016

I want to bear my testimony, I know the church is true... (imagine voice of primary-aged child...)

August 8, 2016

HOLA!!! Cómo están?? 

This week was fun and crazy and all of the above! 

There were days when we found tons of people...

and there were days where NO ONE accepted us. On Friday my companion almost died of exhaustion because we walked and walked and contacted and tried to find less actives or get members to introduce us to someone or just ANYTHING, but nothing was working out. And we found a couple people in the street to teach, but all they wanted to do was fight or try to convert us to their religion. We got home and my companion went straight to her bed and fell asleep. The poor thing was super tired. 

But in general, we love our new area (:

My companion is adorable and so sweet and tender... and she has a huge HUGE fear of bodily injuries. Like to the point where she can't even hear about them. And in fast and testimony meeting a very sweet sister spent about 5 solid minutes describing in intense detail her accident that she had had that week. She brought it around at the end and talked about the gospel but I seriously was worried my companion was going to pass out....

Also I cleaned the toilet with a rock today. We went to buy cleaning supplies and the lady who owned the cleaning supplies store gave us a free special cleaning rock! And it actually worked really well.... really gets the stains out. (: Not sure if this is a Mexican thing or if anyone else has done this before?? 

We have had a ton of success in this area with finding less actives and teaching their non member family members. I think all but 2 of our investigators were found through the less active members. It's been really cool! And we have hope for a lot of them! But with a lot of less actives, the reason that they aren't active anymore is because they never really had a testimony to start and were baptized for some other reason. This past week we met a less active who was baptized because his wife was a member. After they separated, he went inactive. He is now with someone else and we found them and got to teach them. And he started to tell us that the church is like a business with the goal to take advantage of the people, and that we worship the prophet and that the Book of Mormon isn't true... and just a bunch of stuff and my comp and I were just like, "Woah." But then the Spirit took over. Scriptures that I had read that morning came to my mind and I was able to respond (very respectfully) to everything he said. Something that I've learned as a missionary is how to be strong but not rude or over the top. We KNOW this is true and we testify of the truth. But we don't need to offend people or contend with them. If we have the Spirit with us and we open our mouths, they will feel the power of the truth. He actually ended up apologizing and saying that he didn't understand very well what we believed and they invited us back to teach them again. (: Yay!

I love you all so much! I hope that you have a fabulous week. I want you to know that I know that this is the true church. We always testify of this to the people, but this week I felt like a lot of people attacked us and we had to really TESTIFY. And I know it's true. I feel it. Remember to say your prayers and read your scriptures. It's the little things that keep us strong (: 


Hermana Aubriana Wolferts