Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 17th


Hello world!

It has been a joyous week here on the mission. I have to admit though, oppositions were pretty strong. But I know that we are stronger than the adversary, and we were able to overcome the challenges! HA! Beat that adversary.  

We started off teaching our investigator everyday this week: he was receiving all the lessons and it was great! So many people were kind enough to come out teaching with us, which helped our investigator feel so welcomed and loved. Members make the WHOLE difference!  You should go out teaching with missionaries. It will help out so much! And we saw miracles and by the end of this week.... HE WAS BAPTIZED!! :D 

It was amazing. I am so grateful that the Lord was able to place me here, I know that it was by the spirit that our investigator was able to learn and grow. Our investigator, Kelvin, is amazing. He is so happy to be a part of the church. He was able to receive the Holy Ghost AND the Aaronic Priesthood!!! Our bishop is so kind, and he invited us (me and my companion) to be there when he received the Aaronic priesthood. It was the first time i witnessed someone being set apart of something like that, AND IT WAS AMAZING!! The spirit was so strong, it just furthered my testimony to know that the Priesthood is the power of God today on the earth. It is a huge blessing from God, and Kelvin says he is so happy to "be a part of the Brotherhood now." ;) 

I also want to share an incredible experience we had this past week.  My companion and I returned to see a less active man that had told us to come back to see him and and he had invited us to come read scriptures together! He is a doll, and looks like Santa Claus... SO EVEN BETTER RIGHT?! ;)
Well, we came back and we found out his son just moved in with him. So his son joined our conversation.  His son is very knowledgeable about the gospel, which made it kind of hard to talk to him.  This made it hard for his father to follow along with our conversation.  The son was at first telling us all these hard and deep doctrines. We tried to keep the spirit there and tried our best to share a message. The son then asked us a question, I forget exactly what. But he was asking about mercy and justice and what would happen if there was no justice. He was asking for a specific scripture.  His attitude got me flustered but I then felt prompted to pray for the spirit to help so I did and .... NO JOKE, I heard this voice/feeling inside say at that moment: "No God." So I shared that answer with the son. He got big eyed and starred at me.  Then the spirit then told me a scripture: "2 Nephi 2" I looked it up, and shared this scripture that says if there was no opposition, then God would cease to exist. The son got quiet.... said he was very impressed and I was able to bear testimony that the spirit was able to share these things with him. Even though I have all these tabs in my scriptures, it is hard to always remember and pull out the right one.  It was an amazing experience for me and I was so full of gratitude that I was worthy enough to be an instrument in the hands of God at that time and place. I was humbled that God trusted me enough to give me those answers exactly when I needed them to have the spirit be with this family, and that I was not confounded. I am so grateful for these experiences!! :D :D I love my mission and I am so  grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. He lives, I know He does. I love Him so much. 

I hope you all have a great week! :D 

Love, SIster Guilott

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10th


MIRACLES.
This week has been a week of miracles. We had  Zone Conference this past week and I learned so much! I am so grateful for leaders I get to serve with here on my mission. I learned a lot about companionship unity. My companion and I have been putting a lot of things into action, and I feel like not only our unity is getting stronger, but the area is improving!! I would invite you to read Alma 13:3-9, and insert "ordained" with "set apart as missionaries" and see how is can apply to everyone! Because we can all be missionaries in helping others come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. :) 

Well, we had a great week teaching our new investigators! Great news: we have this sweet woman who wants to be baptized but she is engaged to be married in October.  We felt prompted to tell her that she can be married civilly sooner so she can be baptized sooner and pretty much have the big wedding celebration in October. She got VERY excited and told us she would talk to her fiance ;) SUPER EXCITED! She loved coming to church and already seems like a member. She even got longer sleeves on her wedding dress to make it appropriate for her sealing ;) CRAZY AWESOME!! :D :D 

Then we have been teaching our investigator Kelvin and he is super excited to be baptized!! We had the most amazing lesson yesterday! We had a recent convert come to help teach, along with a sweet girl we know in the ward. We all read Alma 36 together, and our recent convert used  to struggle with some issues in the past. So he was able to relate so well, and shared the best insights to our investigator. He even invited our investigator to come over to his house for a barbecue and was so kind to him. I am so grateful for members reaching out like that: that is the pure love of Christ. And I hope to have charity like that one day. :) Our investigator was able to go to a baptism from our ward this past week, and it was so sweet. He even started to sing "I am a child of God" and he got emotional, which made all of us emotional and we all felt the spirit so strong. 

I am just so grateful for my mission. I love it so much, even when biking in 110 degree weather and no one lets you in... The Lord helps me daily and it is so hard for me to count all the tender mercies I have seen!! I love my Savior, I would do anything for Him. I know that He lives and died for us and that makes me feel so at peace to know that I can rely on Him and repent to become more like Him. I love this area and my companion.  The work is hastening and I am just so grateful. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for reading another long missionary email. ;) Thank you for all your support and your love. Have a blessed week!

Love, 
Sister Guilott 



Pictures... SO we have now caught three lizards! (DAD YOU WOULD BE SO PROUD.) We even found one in our apartment... got to love that. 

Picture at the top of the page:  We have been trying this new "apple cider vinegar" thing... It is supposed to help with allergies  and keep you healthy. I have been dying because it is so gross but I actually do feel a lot better and I haven't been sick or had bad allergies lately :) HOORAY!  
 

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

Good morning!! Wow....this was a great week. It was full of miracles!

First of all... I love my companion. She is amazing, and she is seriously the best missionary ever. We had a lot of fun this week teaching people, talking to people on the street, and teaching and committing our investigator from last week to baptism! She got to do the invitation, and she was so excited! It was great to see. ;)

My companion and I have have been working hard on "opening our mouths" and talking to people. I am usually the one to start conversations. But I want to brag about my awesome companion.  As we were biking down a hill, we saw a man getting out of his car. I had a prompting to ask my companion to start the conversation! I asked her, and assured her that I will always be there if she freaks out or gets to nervous and I can help her out. So we went over... and she started to talk to him, making the first contact, etc. It was a great conversation, and he even brought up his grandpa who had passed away who he loved, and he wanted to know where we thought he was... My companion had the spirit so strong, and she shared with him the Plan of Salvation. She was able to make a return appointment with him. AND BOY... AFTER THAT, SHE WAS GLOWING. I was so excited for her. I feel like after that, she had "missionary fever" ALL NIGHT. We would see people, and she would start talking to them! IT WAS AMAZING!! But... I have to admit, she did throw me under the bus when it came to people who spoke Spanish and I had to do the speaking, which is funny because I only know a little but I have learned to share a basic message in Spanish and I try to communicate, but were were able to get many referrals that day for the Spanish missionaries as well in our area. And we gained 7 potential investigators after that! So all in all, it was some successful "opening our mouths" this week.

I am so grateful to be on my mission! It makes me so happy and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! I love you all and hope you have a great day!! 


By the way... picture of the buggy...
The members gave it to us to we could travel places, like if we needed to go to laundry and get groceries because we do not have a car... I love the members here :) 
My darling companion.  She is awesome!

Love to you all and have a happy 4th of July!  I love our country and am grateful for the opportunities it provided for the restoration of the gospel.  Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Guilott