Crazy Week! (3/17 – 3/23)

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April 3, 2014 by sisterrachelknecht

Dear family,

It was a crazy week! Here’s what happened:

Monday: Choir, p-day, cena con Hermana Bowman. She is from Peru and
talks a million miles an hour. She is seriously the best member
missionary though 🙂

Tuesday: We went out with Hermana Reyes, the Relief Society president.
It was so helpful. She introduced us to lots of members, even
those who aren’t on the branch list yet or whose addresses have

Wednesday: We had a lesson with Hermana Angeles and her husband. She
is so sweet, and they have an adorable little boy. He’s such a doll,
and her husband wants us to teach him how to play dominos! So we’ll
do that this week as well as teach another lesson.

Thursday: We had MLC with Brother Hemingway, the director of
proselyting for the whole missionary department! It was FANTASTIC and
I learned so much, it’s amazing. I took pages and pages of notes. He
showed us how to use the pamphlets to teach simply, concisely, and
with the Spirit. It was amazing. I feel more confident to go forward
with all the skills that I learned. Planning, teaching, discerning who
is ready to progress, I feel so blessed to be able to put all these
new-learned skills into practice.

Friday: We had a wonderful first lesson with Marta, a referral from a
member. The Spirit was there as we taught the Restoration simply. It
was so cool to teach how we had just learned the day before. We’ll
continue to go over and teach her, hopefully more frequently and for
less amount of time (as taught by Brother Hemingway, I have a lot of
faith in the things he taught). Then we were able to see the Cortes
family!! Ahhh, things had been so crazy for us and for them (her
sister who is in the Spanish branch just had a baby), but we finally
got to see them. We taught about
keeping the Sabbath day holy. Then we had a youth fireside with Kate Hansen,
who was in the Olympics this year! She does luging and won the World Cup
(I don’t know when). She’s also a member of the church and one of Sister
Hargadon’s (one of the sisters that lives with us) best friends! So
she set it all up and it was so much fun. She was a great speaker,
connected really well with the youth, and it was a great missionary
opportunity. Her testimony of the church was so strong and really
inspirational, as well as her journey to the Olympics.

Saturday: Crazy day, but it ended with the marriage and baptism of a
couple that the Elders have been teaching for about a year! Gladis and
Raul! It was so exciting. Raul got baptized and the plan is for him to
receive the priesthood soon and baptize Gladis in the coming weeks.
It’s what they wanted, so we’re really happy for them.

Sunday: The Cortes family came to church!! She and all the kids looked
so beautiful and were just glowing in the chapel! Hermana Cortes said
how happy she was that she came. One of the member’s daughter in law
came, her name is Liz, so that was really exciting too. She’s my age
I think, so it was really nice to take her around the building and to
classes. We hope to be able to teach her tonight or tomorrow. And we
had a great first lesson with a man named Victor that we met, again
using the way that Brother Hemingway showed us. It went really well,
and Aaron Reyes (our age, he’s about to leave on a mission) came with
us and helped out a lot.

All in all, a very very crazy week and I am pooped. I feel blessed
everyday to be on a mission. So blessed. On Saturday, we went to the
temple because one of Sister Rich’s converts was going to do baptisms
for the dead for the first time. I’ve been feeling spiritually dull
lately, and I just prayed for anything, any help, and read John 4:

31 ¶In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought
him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent
me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?
behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for
they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men
laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
(John 4:31-38)

Four months left. It just hit me so hard. It was a very sacred
experience. I can’t really put into words how it made me feel and what
it meant to me. I am so blessed, but sometimes I could use a hand to
help me out! And what better hand than Christ’s, which is always extended.

Love you all so much. I pray that you are warm and enjoying the sun!
Tan for me too.

Love you,
Hermana Rachel Knecht


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