Hey everybody, I hope everyone is doing great! It has been a pretty good week. We are slowly, but surely getting the ward to help us out more and more and we are taking it one step at a time! We are working with some pretty solid investigators right now, and it is really exciting! This is helping the ward trust us more because we keep bringing a ton of people to church, like less actives and investigators, and the ward members are very surprised ;). So, this week I wanted to share two thoughts with you that have helped me look at the gospel in a different perspective!
In the last apartment I was living in, there was a kid who would come and knock on the door next to us to go play with his friend, and he knocked at the exact same time EVERY day! He would always say, "It’s me Alex"! I never met Alex, but he sounded like a good kid.
So, one day we were getting ready to start personal study and then we heard Alex knocking and he made me start to think about how diligent he was every single day. I thought about our Savior and then the painting of him in a red robe knocking on the door. Like Alex, our Savior is knocking every single day, and we have to be willing to answer and open the door! Alex was very dedicated and persistent like our Savior, and that is how we should be! We always need to be ready to open the door!!!
The second event was this last week, we knocked on the door of a very drunk guy... he was pretty funny. He answered the door, he is in his mid 20's, he threw his hands up in the air and yelled "JESUS LOVES ME", I couldn't help but start laughing! This guy was so happy to see "Jesus People" (that is what they call us) and he knew that Jesus loves him!
We talked to him for a few minutes and shared a scripture then he said, “why did you stop”? Then he grabbed the Book of Mormon and read two pages out loud. We really didn't stop him because ya know, there is no harm in reading the Book of Mormon! Even though he was very drunk I learned a lot from this guy!
1. We need to know that Jesus Loves us
2. We need to keep reading the Book of Mormon, he couldn't put it down! He said, "it’s just so good"!
I hope you liked some of the life lessons I learned from a little kid and a drunk guy this week, but honestly it has really made a differencet on how I look at day to day life! Life is so great and we need to live it to the fullest!!
I hope you have an awesome week and know that JESUS LOVES YOU!!!!
Jesus Loves You!
We decorated our door :)
(McKay did not have a good connection at the Library and we did not get all of her pictures)
Mom Note: The Missionaries were able to have dinner with the Dalumpines family this week. Brother Dalumpines is the Ward Mission Leader and are wonderful to the missionaries in the area. They moved from the Philippines in 1990 and have been feeding the missionary ever since. These are the pictures we received from the Dalumpines.
Very grateful for the meal!
Hermana Hadley and Sister Aleman
Sister Aleman, Hermana Hadley, and Sister Dalumpines
Our neighborhood will now have 3 missionaries in the California San Fernando Mission! This is Jessica Garfield and we have been close friends for over 10 years. This summer we were able to attend Trek with Jessica and her parents who were the Assistant Trail Bosses. Jessica spoke on Sunday and she enters the Provo MTC on Wednesday. Hermana Hadley and Sister Garfield are very excited to see each other in just a few weeks!
Jessica and Parker are Scoliosis Buddies! They both have had Spinal Fusion Surgery, have the same Othopedic Surgeon and Parker even stayed in the same room as Jessica 2 years earlier at Primary Children's Hospital. They also, along with McKay, were in "Savior of the World" together the weekend before his surgery in June 2015. Jessica and her family have been a huge support to the Hadley's and we love how our paths continue to cross.
We had to include this picture! Parker recovering from surgery in 2015 and
Jessica and her family snuck Cafe Rio into Primary Children's for Parker!
He was in heaven! <3