this weeks was crazy my companion got sick so we were out for mostly the whole day for two days.we didi a four hour long service project , cleaning alleys in Arizona , it was fun! after that she felt worse, we studies for only two hours then she went to sleep as i cleaned the house and started making us some thai food for dinner :) thanks to Sister Hicken for sending me some delicious curry paste! then i woke her up made her some tea and served her some dinner, i love serving my companion :) Afterwards we got ready to go to t he Trunk or Treat, we were in ccharge of a game, we decided to play musical chairs, the kids absolutly loved it!! they all looked so adorable!! and a lot of less active members came with their families, that made us super happy!!!!
we borrowed an english sisternight because her companion was sick, so we got to go teach english people. One of my wishes came true, around we went to go teach a house full of Saudee Arabian Muslims that were here just going to Ariziona State University on scholarship. it was intresting as we conversed about religion. all 12 of us were in the kitchen ( we wre able to go inside because there were three of us) me and Sister Cole starting conversing with one of them because he looked really sincere and not as agressive, he was really close to us because the house was pretty loud. I testified of The Book of Mormon and how if we read it and pray about it we can know that it is true by the power of the holy ghost, he asked what the holy ghost felt like. I explained it as a feeling like happiness and peace.
"but you dont have any physical proof that it true?"
"no i dont have any evidence only the spiritual confirmation that it is"
"but you need proof"
"God isn't going to come down himself to tell us it is true, that is why we need faith."
"why wouldnt he, you only had a feeling?"
"ok, let me ask you this, have you ever been in love?"
"how did you know you were in love?"
" i dont know it just felt different"
" how did you feel?"
"i dont know"
" did you feel happy when you were together?"
"did you want to learn more and more about her?"
" did you have any phisical evidence that you were in love?"
"can you see that feelings are very powerful?"
he was reallly pondering what i had explained to him.
" This is how i feel when I read the book and when i hear the words of our living Prophet today, and i know as you read it you will have those same feeelings, so will you read and pray about The book of Mormon?"
"yes i will read the book, but do you have one in Arabic?"
"yes, we would be more thatn happpy to get you one"
we told him how cool it was that the Book of mormon is translated into 92 different languages.
So that was fun.
We recieved a refferral!! it was as tho we had recicved an early birthday present!
His name is Javier Guttierez, he is such a tenfer sweet man, we love him. the first time we met him we couldn't find his adress and we saw a man outside and asked if he was Javier and it was :) we were all talking outside, he was explaining to us what had just happened. His girlfriend left him and took their daughter, she has been really unfaithful ot him and did not take care of the house or their kid as well as she should have and before she took her he was outside with his daughter waiting for her to come home, and every women that walked by she said"mommy?"
that broke his heart eveytime. He is super super sad and misses them, he expressed how hard he worked to maintain them and how much she loved them. We felt so much compassion towards this man, and wanted to stregthen him in hte Lord. He acknowledges that He needs to get closer to his Savior and his Father in Heaven, and he is so thankful for all the loving peopple that advice him to come unto them and he is so thankful that we are teaching him, he is so so so sweet. we read this verse with him "Ether 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that afaith is things which are bhoped for and cnot seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no dwitness until after the etrial of your faith." we also shared a story about a women that we teach that is goin through the exact same thing, except she knows nothing about her missing baby boy, but because she has the Gospel she keeps pressing forward and she know that as she prays for him he will be safe. she sees this trial from an eternal perspective: that as she has had him that she was a great mother and that God will reward her according to her devotion as a mother, ans that one day she will see him again. this story really stregthened him. we left him with a prayer of comfort.
We texted him one night and asked how his reading was going. He said that those chapters were exactly waht his sould needed that they strengthened him a lot. Since then he has been reading every night, but he didnt come to church, but he does want to!
oh one more thing we had a Mission Tour where a 70 came by and gave us a training or inspirational talk Elder Tah :) it was wonderful. here are all the missionaries from the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. I learned to not be caught up in the current, that is easy and almost brainless, we have to work with all our hearts, mights, minds and stregth!