Sunday, September 7, 2014

Email #53 (Gilbert, AZ)

August 26, 2014

Hey there, Lattino fam (and others who are reading this email)!! Sounds like you had a crazy birthday week! All my little sibs are growing up on me! Crazy. Those videos cracked me up!!! Olivia seems to take after someone I know when it comes to blowing out birthday candles:)
Also, you all are such studs for doing that Sprint tri. Brings back memories of when Zoe and I did it.... hahaha my favorite part was when we were running and there was a giant sign that indicated that there would be a water table at the top of a certain hill and Zoe, who was wayyyy ahead of me, gets to the top of the hill, turns around and, with great fury in her voice, yells "THEY LIED, THERE'S NO WATER!!!" or something like that... I probably looked like a hot mess because I was dying and laughing at the same time. Oh Zoe. I miss her. But congrats on completing the sprint tri! Y'all are the best!
This week was pretty great! A lot of good progress with our investigators, two of which we hope to, I mean, that we WILL (if it is the Lord's will) put on date this upcoming week. We were able to teach E twice last week, and she came to church!!! She still has quite a few questions and doubts, but I know that God will help us and her as we continue to teach her and as she continues to do the things that will bring her closer to her Savior Jesus Christ. She is awesome and so sweet. We love E!! AND T came to church!!! We've gotta figure out what his struggle is with church though, because it takes A LOT of effort to get him there and then when he does come, he books it out right after sacrament meeting. And Tony, sweet sweet Tony Li came to church as well. He is definitely one of those people that even though he doesn't understand everything, he is so humble and willing to learn that the Spirit is able to work with him and help him along his journey, even if he doesn't quite recognize it yet:) He told us last time that when he went to the Bowler's home last week and talked about eternal families, that he really liked that idea. He told us that's what he wants and we promised him that he can have that as he continues to develop faith in God:) He is awesome!
So this is the last week of the transfer! Seriously, time is FLYING. I can't even believe it. And I'm going to be praying that Hna Carvalho stays with me for her last transfer!!! She is just the best. It will probably be one of the saddest days of my life when she leaves... but that's not for a while so we won't talk about that.
Okay, here are the answers to your questions, Mamita!

1. Hmmm....What would I do differently in sharing the gospel in High School knowing what I know now? I would have definitely been bolder. I feel like when people asked me about it and when I heard other people talking about it, I was happy to stand for what I believed and answer questions, but I was always afraid to bring it up myself, to initiate a conversation about how much Jesus Christ means to me and why I am so grateful for the restored gospel in my life. I wish I would have done that with all of my friends, because I feel like I would have been much more pro-active rather than passive in being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
2. A typical day? I started to type it out, but it sounded really boring, because it was just a list of times and activities that we typically do as missionaries, more of the routine, ya know? I will write it out in more detail and with more thought and send that to you next week!:)
3. Am I working out? Is that a fat joke??? hahaha just kidding…although I know I'm getting a little chubby:) but yes we workout........ sometimes it just ends up being "stretching" but we've made a goal to run every day this week!! 
Okay, well I love you all sooooo much! Have an amazing, fantastic, wonderful week!!!
Hermana Lattin
Beautiful AZ sunset


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