Well hello hello my family:]
After spending some time in the temple I got to go on exchanges with my girl Sister Laws again! Ah, it was so so good and it felt incredible to be able to get out and just work! As we went out to contact our 25 people it was incredible to see how easy it was to invite people when we were united. I'm striving and praying to find a way to do that same thing with Diaz. Things are getting better and I know that this next transfer will be one full of great things!
We took a member out this week and the night before I had said a little special prayer asking for this member to have a spiritual experience while she came out with us. I really do want every member to have good experiences with us so that they feel that fire of missionary work. Well, we got into our lesson and Stephanie was kinda not happy. She started crying and said that she didn't want to get baptized into our church if she had to get married first la la la, thankfully the spirit was able to calm things down. We got her back on board and as we left, I asked the member if she would say the closing prayer. When she looked at me she had tears in her eyes so my first thought was man... maybe I shouldn't have asked her, but she said yes and we left. When we got into her car she told us that she has never felt the spirit so strong during a lesson. In fact, the only time she has felt the spirit like that was while she has been in the temple. AH! I was so so glad! I was so happy to know that Heavenly Father heard my prayer and gave this wonderful member exactly what I was hoping for!
It was also very interesting this past week to feel the spirit completely working through me during some of our unplanned lessons. In fact, I think that's when the spirit works best.
We had the opportunity to teach a guy named Pedro. Pedro has had some really tough challenges lately and is a little lost. He agreed to sit down and meet with us and when we asked, I really was expecting him to say no. But we sat down and I just started asking some questions, trying to understand his circumstances a little bit better and then just jumped into the plan of salvation! It was SO sweet to be able to connect the things that he had shared with us to the truths that we know. At the end, I was able to bear a really strong witness to him about the plan of salvation and ah it was the best feeling ever. There is nothing that compares to feeling the spirit. Not one thing:]
This past week has been one of a lot of reflection. I really took the time to sit and think about the people that I am serving. Throughout the week I felt this little glimmer of how Heavenly Father probably sees each one of us. While receiving this glimmer, I felt in my heart my love for each one of them grow. I especially felt it for my companion. While things have been challenging, I'm so grateful the Heavenly Father is able to change us from the inside out. I know that people are always placed in our path for a reason. Our circumstances do not determine our happiness, we do.
I truly am so grateful for the gospel . . . I can't even say it enough. I'm so grateful for our Savior who made ALL of this possible. There is nothing that will ever bring as much happiness and light into my life as serving a mission has.
I love you all and I hope you have an incredible week!! You will be seeing me WAY TOO SOON!
Love, Sister Bowden