E-Mails 10/29/2012

So my week has been interesting.
My trio is not as bad as I thought it would be, but there are a few kinks here and there. Sis Smith is a very sweet and quiet person. Which is the opposite of both Sis Aloi and I. Also Sis Aloi has kinda had an attitude. Not necessarily a bad one, but I can tell she gets upset or annoyed at things. Not exactly sure what though. We have fun though. I feel like they think that I am the leader though. It’s like nothing gets started unless I go first… sigh. I am exaughsted because of it. They are slowing getting it though. Unfortunately there are a lot of awkward pauses when we teach people. hopefully they will turn into spiritual pauses soon. 😛
Anyways. Sis Smith is from Tri Cities area of Washington state. She is super nice and a good missionary. She goes home in February. So she has been out a while. She is very good at coming up with solutions to problems which I love! Plus she is funny so that is good. Anyways we are all working out.
So Super cool story! We are teaching an Iranian man who speaks Farsi!!!!!!! He is so cool. His name is Bizhan (Bee-shon) He converted from Islam to christianity years ago, but then stopped going because they were pushing him to believe things that he didnt believe. The Elders found him while they were harvesting. So we went over and he is the most precious and sweet person I have ever met! He also makes me think of Grandpa Losee. He is so cool and tells funny stories and jokes and things. He is reading the Book of Mormon in Farsi which is amazing. It is a language that I couldn’t even begin to guess what it says. He feels the spirit so strongly too. He hadn’t even read the Book of Mormon yet but he told us that he knew that it would bring him the peace that he is looking for. There is also a member in our ward who is from Iran and also speaks Farsi. So we know that Bizhan is meant for the gospel. It would be so difficult to teach him without Bro. Jamei’s help. And they pratically have the same story. They came from Iran, the iranian government killed some of their family. They had been married and divorced by their wives who ahd abondond their daughter. It is a crazy story! But they are so precious! I love them so much. Right now Bizhan has a hurt shoulder and it has made it hard for him to come to church because he can’t put his clothes on himself. Plus he is in a lot of pain. But he is so excited to come. We know he will be baptized! We are so excited for him and he can’t wait to come to church and to prepare for baptism too.
Also this week we found two amazing spanish families that we are so excited for. We had to pass them to the Elders though because they speak more spanish than english. But it was confirmed that they went to church yesterday and are working with the Elders. They are the sweetest people too. One is Isabel Mesa. After we explained to her that she would be working with the elders she told us that we have to come and say good-bye to her before we left the area and she wants us to stop by as often as we could. She loves us so much. She is so sweet. And she has a way cute family. Her husband is David and her son Pablo.
Also we had a lot of fun harvesting this week. We met cool people and we have been having fun singing songs and things as we work. We have also been having lots of spiritual experiences with our lessons and blessings. I don’t know if it is because I’m nearing the end of the mission or what or if I am the onyl who feels this way but we just keep seeing miraCLE AFETR MIRACLE.
Anyways I had a good week.
Thank you for the updates on Zander. He sounds so cute! How is Grandma doing? are her eyes getting better? How about the rest of the family?
Question. May I have some money to send to packages home of my stuff. I wont be able to pack my letters and books and stuff?
It’s only 2 of them. I believe it would go media mail.
Well thats all I can think of.
I love you tons!!!! Best parents ever
Dear Pres. Anderson,
This past week has been full of miracles!
The Elders past us a referral that they had found harvesting. He is an amazing man named Bizhan from Iran. We had a neat experience of sharing the Book of Mormon with him in his own language; Farsi. We also had one of our members who just happens to be from Iran as well and a convert. As we shared with him the power of the Book of Mormon he shared with us that he could already feel the peace that would come from the book. He is very in tune with the spirit. Every time we meet with him it is a spiritual experience. He is so excited to read it and understand the peace that it will bring to him. He has also started to make the changes that he needs to to prepare for baptism.
Harvesting this week we had miracle after miracle with asking others for referrals. We began knocking in a neighborhood and had the opportunity to bless Maria Elena, who is now being taught by the Elders. She led us to her son, who led us to a friend of his. As we went to find the referral, we ran into David who was doing yard work. My companion offered him a card and we introduced ourselves and offered the prayer. Afterwards he had tear filled eyes and was grateful for the experience. we invited him to come to church the next day. He was iffy on committing to come. So Sunday morning we went and knocked on his door. He opened as saw us and said, “I’ll go get dressed.” He came and is interested in what it is that we have to offer.
This week has been a great one for us and we are excited for the next!
Thank you!
Sis Holder

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