la viña del Señor

we took the Castros to the Visitors Center this week

we took the Castros to the Visitors Center this week

 

woah nelly. What a week. It was a roller coaster ride, thats for sure. Some really good days and some really rough ones. But hey, its part of the experience. Ya live and ya learn.

last tuesday we got asked to come teach the mission prep class over at one of the high schools. (yes…at the high school. #idahoprobs) And man, it was so awesome. its a class of like 50 students at 7:00 in the morning, its all seniors, and a bunch of them already have their calls! We were asked to teach them how to teach the Plan of Salvation. So we studied a lot on that subject to prep on it….Then that night something really cool happened. We had an appointment at 7pm that fell through, so we went with our backup plan- la familia Gaitan. We didn’t know much about them…other than that they’re less active. So we drive up to the house and theres tonssss of cars parked in front, and people walking in and out of the house like crazy. So my initial thought, of course, is…”Dang, hispanic party. It’s probably crazy in there, and they probably definitely dont want to hear from the missionaries right now…maybe we should just come back later”….. BUT. i quickly pushed the thought away and after like 5 minutes of workin up the courage, Sister Cole and i went to go knock on the door. A man opened up and as soon as he did, we could see Hermano Playas and Hermano Love sitting on their living room couch! Two of the brethren from the branch…so they invite us in and there’s tons of people there…including an old lady, a middle aged lady, and a teenage girl, all sitting together on the couch, holding hands and crying. They then explained the situation to us….Hermana Gaitan’s brother had just passed away from some random sickness… he was a member, but not active…and before he died he said he wanted to be buried in Mexico. But for some reason or other, the only way the family could make that happen was if they cremated him. So there was this family duel goin on, on whether they should cremate him or not, the only objection being the mom..who is very active in the church. She cried and cried to us and expressed her fears that when the Resurrection came, her son would have no body to reunite with. She was so worried that her son wouldnt be able to live again. Hermano Playas gave her a blessing..and then Hermana Cole and I were able to testify of God’s perfect plan of salvation..which we had studied long and hard all week. We testified that God knows our circumstances…and he knows the desires of our hearts, and that he would make it possible for her son to be resurrected, even if he was cremated. It was amazing to be there in that room..where soooo many of them weren’t members of the church, but we all came together to testify of the resurrection and the peace that it brings. The wife of the man who passed, who lives in Logan and isnt a member, expressed that she loves our faith and even has desires to meet with the missionaries at home. So we’re definitely gonna be sending that referral!  It was just a really cool experience..i know that initial thought that i had when we first pulled up to the house was satan trying to stop that experience from happening. Im sure glad we didn’t let him win!
met this family. la familia avila. We did service for them and got to help clean out the goat and cow pens....it smelled real nice. haha cutest kids though

met this family. la familia avila. We did service for them and got to help clean out the goat and cow pens….it smelled real nice. haha cutest kids though

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This week we also got to have our first lesson with Ernestina! nick’s mom. We taught her the restoration and she loved it. we have our next appointment tomorrow. Miracles miracles.
This week i’ve been reading in the book of Jacob…I read Jacob 5 this morning, (which before the mission i always DREADED reading) hahaha i thought it was so long and so boring and repetative. but i realized it kinda takes on a whole new meaning as a missionary.  I love one verse in particular…
71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.

72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.

I love that. “and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them.” I know that we’re not alone in this work. it truly is His, and we’re truly in the last days! its our job to harvest that vineyard until He comes again.

Love you all! have a great weeeeek!
hermana brown
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