Monday, March 24, 2014

"Have ye received His image in your countenances?"

My family! I love you so much. I love the Lord. I love being a missionary.

So, on Friday  the Rialto 2nd ward had their monthly fast for missionary work. And they ended the fast with a dinner at the church. And it was really cool because I could understand a lot of the Samoan prayer when we broke our fast.

But, that's not the best part. On Sunday we had a brand new family come to church! Ronny and Karinne and their 2 sons. Their neighbors invited them to church. And they want to be baptized. so we're going to teach them starting this week! :)

Then, on Sunday night, we went to visit some families that our ward tracted into. (Oh yeah, the Rialto 2nd ward is so proactive in member-missionary work that they go tracting. They are awesome.) The first was a family that was recently baptized. The mother wasn't home, but we spoke with the daughter, Elsie at the door. Then a girl named Jordan parked and came inside while we were talking. Then Elsie's brother-in-law, Phillip walked by. We talked with everyone with people walking by the door and in and out and it was just funny. But then they invited us in. They weren't interested much at all at first, but we shared scriptures, testified, shared spiritual experiences, and it was awesome. the spirit was so strong. and they all committed to reading 3 Nephi chapter 11. We've been trying to visit them for a while, so it was awesome to finally meet them.

God hears our prayers and he answers them. Fasting with prayer brings greater understanding.  

On Saturday night we were visiting members of the Rialto 2nd ward to get to know them and to invite them to pray for a list of the people we teach. We went to the Taufete'e home. We'd never met them, so when Bro, Taufete'e answered the door and looked surprised I had no idea if he spoke English. So I was struggling the entire visit to speak completely in Samoan. It was awesome. But then just after we prayed at the end, his wife came home and he was like:

Oh, this is my wife.

In English.

Real funny. But also was a testimony to me the Heavenly Father can strengthen us to do all things. Our job is to do our best, and leave unto the Lord the rest.

Alfoa atu,
Elder Judd

Editor's Note: Not sure I matched captions with the right pictures, but that's okay!
Me and Elder Pauga

Me and Deelorean, who helped us out a lot and just left for his mission in Jacksonville, Florida.

Me and Elder McCall, who just finished his mission with Elder Pauga

Me and Elder Tingey and a lady and her daughter