Hola mi familia!
I'm super excited for this transfer here in Providence. It feels like a 180 turn from last transfer. The new missionaries are very excited to work hard and see the blessings that come from it. It feels like the work is really progressing now.
Elder Jones is awesome! He is from Boise! He lives off McMillan and Eagle road. He went to centennial high school. He was supposed to come out in he same group I was in, but ran into some health issues and had to wait for a bit. He's been out for about 6-7 months now. He is really humble and just a great missionary. I'm grateful for the chance I have to work here with him. We've tried to come up with ways that we can help each other be better missionaries, and one way is that once we leave the apartment, it's 100% Spanish between us. We still have a long way from being perfect at it. But I feel like it will help us speak better so that we can just worry about teaching the amazing Hispanics here!
We saw some really good progress with the family henriquez that we found last Saturday. When we stopped by the first time, they hadn't been able to read much in the pamphlet, but we finished the restoration with them. At the end we committed them to read the introduction of the Book of Mormon. And then Saturday when we taught them again, they not only read it, but they had taken a highlighter and a ruler and marked the parts they thought were important or that they liked. It was super cool. Then we read the first chapter with then. And they understood it well. We invited them to church and they said they couldn't this Sunday, but the next week them and their 4 kids would be there. I am really excited to work with them. We plan on bringing a member with us on Tuesday and then setting a Baptismal date with them. And to think this family was found during a less productive time to knock doors on a Saturday!
We had the opportunity to go on exchanges with the traveling assistants yesterday. And it was a great learning experience. I got some ideas on how I can continue improving and learning how to forget myself and get to work. I also got some ideas of how to work with a district full of sisters and how I can know their needs easier. It was a great night. We also had a really cool blessing happen. While Elder Tolman and I were biking to an apartment complex to knock some doors and a suburban passed by and yelled "Elders!" He turned into the parking lot next to us and came over to talk to us. He was baptized 7 years ago and hasn't been really since. But he just barely moved here Friday from Houston and was heading to the store to get food. He gave us his number and we got him the address to the church. He said he will be there next week without a doubt. He just kept saying how grateful he was that he found us there. It was a huge testimony to me of how if we are just going about doing good (heading to knock doors) that the lord can place in our paths people that are ready to repent and help strengthen the ward. I love this work!
On Saturday we went to the primary pioneer day activity. It was a lot of fun, but it was super hot. Like 100 with 85+% humidity. But we just walked around a lake and sang hymns and told pioneer stories. The kids in this wars are super cute. And I've been here long enough that they all love me. So that was a lot of fun.
Other than that, the week was crazy normal. Haha. Just lots of finding
I love y'all!