Sunday, September 7, 2014

Email #51 (Gilbert, AZ)

August 11, 2014

Hey there, mi querida familia!
Hope all is well in the Lattino home! I should have you know that I have officially adopted the name "Hermana Lattina" in the Pueblo ward, thanks to Hermano Maynez calling me that every time we see him. It's pretty great.
So this week was a pretty solid one. The most exciting part about it was that we found 2 new and GOLDEN investigators. The first one is Edna. She just moved from Texas and is in the YSA area, but she is also Hispanic and was so excited to find out we speak Spanish! She speaks really good English too though and she is really excited to meet new friends her age in the ward! She was a referral from some elders that helped her move in, and we went to see her and she was SO nice and open. We went back the next day to teach her and she opened up to us about pain and sorrow she is having due to her father's death just two months ago. We were able to testify to her about the Plan of Salvation and tell her that learning and accepting the restored gospel of Jesus Christ would give her joy and happiness. She also told us that she thinks it was a sign from God that she just happens to be surrounded by 4 companionships of missionaries who are next-door neighbors to her in her apartment complex:) She is awesome! We were supposed to teach her again on Saturday but she was sick, and she wanted to come to church but she didn't... but we're not giving up hope yet! She is really excited to come to FHE tonight with the ward so that should be fun! Our other new investigator is in the PUEBLO AREA!!! WHOOO! His name is Antonio and he's so awesome. He is currently really active in another church... but we're not losing hope with him either yet! He was a referral from some English elders who OYMed him and he told them that he had met missionaries a year earlier and they gave him a Book of Mormon, but the Spanish ones never contacted him after that (que malos:(), so we went over and saw him and he was super happy to see us. We have yet to teach him a real lesson still because he is pretty busy with work and watching his grandkids, but we have big hopes for him because he has great desires to learn and know the truth! He is awesome. We are going to teach both of them this week, so I'll let you know how they are progressing next week:) I am so grateful that God listens to and answers the prayers of his children. I know that prayer and fasting change things. They show God that we have enough faith in Him to ask for the things that we desire, and that we know that if it His will, he will grant it unto us in His perfect time and in His perfect way. 3 Nephi 14:7-11
In other news, we went to the Gilbert temple last Tuesday (amazing as always), we had Zone Conference on Wednesday (it was so AWESOME! Look up the new Mormon message "The Hope of God's Light", it is the coolest video I've ever seen, besides "Because of Him"), and we went on exchanges on Thursday and I was companions with Hna Chavarri for the first time in about 8 months! That was a good time. And on Sunday Hna Carvalho and I spoke in Pueblo! It was the first time I've ever had to speak on my mission... hahaha but it went really well! We were able to bear our testimonies on the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Something that my compi said in her talk really stuck with me. When we remember the blessings we have from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no way we can be sad or murmur or complain about our lives. It's so true! Remembering those blessings instills in us the realization of how much our Heavenly Father loves us, and how blessed we are to have this Gospel in our lives. Despite the trials and difficulties that we go through every day in this life, it's hard to be unhappy when remember all that we've been blessed with! Also, we had our Libro de Mormon class yesterday again and it was awesome, again! We had over 100 people there! It's so awesome to see all these amazing people get excited about the Book of Mormon. Also, I just really love Spanish. It's the best.
All of our other investigators are essentially the same... I'll update you on any changes or miracles next week!:)
Okay, well I love you all and hope you have an fantastic week!!!!!
Con todo mi amor, Hermana Lattina

As promised, a picture with my new glasses


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