Sister Hovorka has now become Hermana Hovorka...at least I think she is getting used to me calling her that because "Sister" just doesn't seem to make its way out of my mouth. :) She is from Orem and her family now lives in Highland...good 'ol Utahns we are! She is so adaptable and ready to be here...I feel very blessed. We are already seeing how now was the time to Zebra here because, especially with 2 families we are teaching where the kids learn better in English and the parents/grandparents in spanish so we are able to teach to their needs with our dynamic duo. The Lord is definitely sustaining me with his "enabling power" because translating and teaching would not be possible on a daily basis if He wasn't. We are being prayerful about putting a good handful of investigators on date for baptism this week! :)
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ife in the Basin
Sandra and Jose finally came to church yesterday...the last 30min. and LOVED IT! Sandra said that she learned more in the last 30 minutes than she has in the last several years going to her family's church...pretty intense. Their little girl Cassi/Cassandra also fell in love with primary and said, "Mom I behaved really good, so can we come back next week?" BOO YAH! Jose really enjoyed priesthood and told us this weekend that his great-grandpa actually carried around a BOM with him and named all of his kids after the names in the book and nobody knew why! WHAT THE!?!? We didn't have more time to talk about this, but what a teaser right?!
We've had some rockin lessons with Aneth, Ramon and Laura...they are praying about a date to be baptized after their wedding 9/1...they call themselves "sponges that are soaking up the gospel." Ramon told us about all the blessings he has seen in his life since he chose to keep the commandments....so cool...so true.
|The abuela, Alexandra & Alejandro.|
Last week Alexandra and Kassandra's little brother came outside after our lesson and I told him he should join us next time if he wants...he was there this week, ready and waiting...completely willing to learn...Alejandro, 8 years old, fascinated learning about God and prayer. At the end of the lesson, I asked him if he'd pray and he said, "YUP!" and did...first time, right then and there and it was celestial. :) His abuela told me that she's never seen him pay so much attention and be so interested in learning. He made me think so much about Mosiah 3:19. Alexandra and her abuela told us that since we taught her how to pray, her fears and nightmares have gone away...she has had some sad experiences and seen some "adult" things too early in her life...and pray has chased all of that away. Ummm yeah, that's the power of prayer my friends. We are getting members there this week!
We are so grateful we were able to get our investigator Sandra to the morning-side and stake conference yesterday! Thank you for you and Sister Greer's encouraging testimonies and of course we were so honored to have Sister Boyd bear hers too. Sandra really recognized the Spirit in all of the meetings and told us several times how happy she was that she came and how comfortable she feels. President Hadley and Elder Hansen's focus on covenants was celestial! We hope to put her on date this week! Her boyfriend and father of her little girl, Jose, wants to be baptized but had to go to California to work for a month. But, that does help them live the law of chastity and they are being stubborn, but have admitted that they should get married and really do want to, especially since they have been learning the gospel because they have never communicated so well and felt so close to each other until now. :) They both know it is true because they have been reading and praying and learning how to recognize the Spirit. Sandra has also been writing down her revelation in a notebook we gave her and really identifies with the scriptures...AMAZING! This is a lot of change and commitment for them, but it is coming.
|New Comp: Sister Hovorka|
A similar situation is Aneth and Ramon who will be getting married this Saturday! :) Ramon's wife died and he has 2 children that Aneth has practically adopted, Laura 11 and Jose 7 (turning 8 in November). They love the gospel and have been coming to church every Sunday for more than a month now. They had a lot to overcome since the Sisters started teaching them in February, but the change of heart has come and we are praying to have Aneth, Ramon and Laura baptized before the end of the transfer and then Jose after his birthday! Their cousins have also seen such a change in them that they invited them to take the lessons from us too and that is going really well! (Rosillo the mom, Bertha 11, Junior 9) The Bleazards, our ward mission leader and his family are so full of charity it is almost unbelievable until you see it. They don't even speak their language, but they have been there for them all of the way! Ramon works for them and they are making their wedding very special. It was also their son with special needs who softened Ramon and Aneth's hearts to really accept the gospel and change. I want to be like this family...they truly are mastering "The Character of Christ" that Elder Bednar talks about...cool talk, look it up. :)