Dear Sister Hoth: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Canada Vancouver Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish Language.
We feel so alive!!! I am loving every second of serving here in Surrey with Sister Cendreda!! We worked so hard this week, and saw so many miracles come from it. While everyone else was changing areas and companions, the only thing we were doing was changing our car. It's so sad. We had to change our Chevy Cruze, Estafano, for a Subaro. We are so sad. Haha, but we are living with it and moving on.
So we got to see Karla again this week, and we had such a powerful lesson with her! We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is simply...faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Karla really wants to change her life, and I feel so blessed to share the very thing that can do that for her. we asked her if she was happy with her life and without a second hesitation she said, "NO!". We testified to her that if she wants to change her life, she has to change herself. She has to change her natures...and we can do that through the gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We can become new people. We have that promise. (Mosiah 5:7-8) Karla told us that she can't be baptized now because she just doesn't feel ready...we told her that the way to feel ready is reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church! SHE CAME TO CHURCH...and she brought her boyfriend, Joel and two of her kids. They left after the first hour because the kids were crazy. But she came, and it was really so neat. All of the testimonies that were shared were about their conversion stories and how grateful they were to be baptized and how they couldn't have made it without the gospel. I think it really touched Karla!
Oh my goodness, Carolyn also came to church yesterday. I mentioned her before, but she is the girlfriend of one of our less active members, Alex. She is seriously the cutest little Filipino I've ever seen, apart from Sister Cendreda. ;) She learned from the missionaries before, but now feels like she really wants to learn. She is pregnant and so she really wants to know about the gospel so she can teach her baby. After church we were able to teach her again. She has read the first part of 1st Nephi and feels like God is telling her to keep learning and keep moving forward. We taught her the plan of salvation and she LOVED it. She feels that it is true. I love her so much and really just want the best for her!! She is so special to God!
We were able to see Rosa this week and spend some time with her. Raul has been so worried about her because she is still pretty weak and has even fainted. We are praying so much for her! The little Emily is doing so good, and is such a little angel.
So every Saturday is our walking day. So we park the car at home and get to walk everywhere. It's hard sometimes, but usually the members are really good at giving us rides. Well our Bishop and his wife picked us up and took us to their house in Coquitlam to have lunch and to share the gospel. I was so grateful that they were able to pick us up and help us out because I was feeling so sick that day. I was so exhausted and really had no strength. My legs were shaking and all that stuff. Well, I was able to get a blessing from the Bishop. It was so special and I felt better after. I am so grateful for the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so grateful that the gospel and the priesthood have been restored! I know that it has been. I am so incredibly grateful to share the gospel with these wonderful people in Canada. It is such a blessing! God is truly so good to each and every one of us. His love is so real. Don't forget that!