Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm going to Venado Tuerto!

I just found out a little while ago that I am leaving Cañada de Gomez and going to an area further south called Venado Tuerto = one eyed deer.  Interesting name, don´t you think?  It has been hard saying goodbye to people, but I know it is my time and there are great things ahead for me.  I am really curious to meet my new companion, and I am very excited to be in this new area because we have other sister missionaries in the branch with us, and other elders in the zone meet up with us every Monday to play sports and cook.  It will be a nice change, because here in Cañada we are at least half an hour away from the other elders in our zone. 

Hermana Miranda and I had something really amazing happen to us the other night.  On Wednesday we attended a training meeting and did a practice/ role play, which I have not been a big fan of in the past.  It was actually really successful and it felt real to me, which is usually rare.  We need a pretend contact, lesson, and invitation to baptism.  On Thursday all of our planned appointments fell through in the evening, which frustrated me for a bit because I really felt right about being in that area that day.  I said aloud ¨What am I doing wrong?! What does the Lord want... there must be a reason why we are here right now!¨  Miranda asked me if I had contacted this certain street before with Gerratt, I said no, and so we started contacting.  At the second door we met a girl my age who was Evangelista and not interested, but when Miranda was persistent (love her!) the girl asked if we wanted to come in.  That is music to a missionary´s ears, folks.  We ended up asking her a lot of questions, said a prayer, and taught her about faith, repentance, and baptism.  Then we ended up inviting her to baptism, which at first she rejected, but once again we were persistent and when we told her that Heavenly Father answers all prayers and asked her if she would follow the example of Jesus Christ after having received an answer that these things are true, she said simply ¨If God says so, then yes!¨  

 As Miranda and I walked down the street we held our excitement in for a few blocks until we were far enough away when we could finally jump for joy and skip down the street with delight. I now have a testimony of role plays!  I know the Lord prepared us the day before in that training meeting so we could help out this young mother. Miranda and her new comp are going to continue teaching her, and I am crossing my fingers that she will be baptized the 7th of April!! 

This work is full of surprises, and full of ¨pruebas de fe¨  and ¨pruebas de paciencia.¨  If we are patient and faithful, we can be content with the Lord´s timeline.  I know that he answers prayers, and it is even better knowing that I can be happy while I am waiting for an answer.  That´s the trick! 

I love you all, and I hope you are happy and well.  

Love Hermana Miller 

Dominga and Familia Bustamante.

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