Monday, November 16, 2015

It's getting chilly in Cali!!!

Hi Mommy! Love you!!!!
This week has flown by!!! Its so good to hear about your music filled weekend! That is so cool that Robin and her husband came, I wish I could have heard your solo. :( I am sure it was beautiful! 
With the weather changing everyone is getting sicker, its the same over here too, so we're trying to sanitize everything! This week has been wonderful! We set two baptismal dates for December 6th and they are both so amazing! We met them through our other investigators. Estela is the sister in law of our investigator Armando. We stopped by to see Armando but Estela answered the door instead, we then shared the restoration with her and we didn't even have to invite her to read in the Book of Mormon, she said she would love to and she loves the peace that she feels when we come by. Our other baptismal date is Doreen's mom, Norma. The same situation happened when we came to see Doreen, Norma was there. We shared a little bit about the Plan of Salvation and she loved it! The next time we came we shared the Restoration and we read Moroni 10:3-5, she had to grab a highlighter and mark it because she loved it so much. She got sooo excited!!! We have a lot of other investigators that are progressing and it is so amazing to see the progress in the work in Bell Gardens. This week we also had the chance to take our investigator, Adriana to the Visitors Center. Adriana is the daughter of  Hno. and Hna. Cruz, who are recent converts. The VC sisters gave a tour all about building our faith in Christ because she doesn't really know much about Christ and His life here on earth. It was a really amazing tour and we all felt the spirit really strongly. Its also really cool because soon the Visitors Center is going to start having Christmas events about every other day in December and that is when they set up all the lights around the VC and the temple.
Us at the Visitors Center of the temple with our investigator Adriana

We got to attend the temple!!!!
 It is really cold here in LA, which makes me even more excited for the holiday season. Doesn't really feel real that Thanksgiving is coming up and Christmas is right around the corner. Plus Genevieve and Rio's birthday is coming up! I am so excited to talk to you!!!! I am preparing for that emotionally ;)
We also got to do a session in the temple and it was so great to be there. The Los Angeles temple really is so beautiful, I know that temple attendance is so important to our spiritual growth, not only that but the temple work that we do is so important! We taught and talked a lot about family history and work for the dead this week and it made me really excited to get working on family history (haven't really been the best about it) but it is so important to be able to complete the ordinances here for those of our family who have passed to be able to give them that opportunity. It is the work of salvation!!!! Also all of our recent converts in the ward went to do baptisms for the dead for the first time and loved it! The Cruz family, Hno. and Hna. Cruz are so excited to be sealed in the temple, they are counting down the days! I love this ward so much. I am grateful to have a home that feels like home. The members in BG continue to love and support us by coming out to work with us and feeding us! Haha but they have a love and a unity here that is similar to the Piedmont Branch.  
Exchanges this week!!! Sister Chistiansen came to our area and Sister Evans and I stayed, I just love exchanges!!! I love learning and getting to know other sisters, overall it was a wonderful and fun day :) 
Also, Elder Kim B. Clark is coming to our mission to speak and even has set a part a time to have a few lessons with investigators and President Weidman!!! We're trying to see about bringing an investigator, that would be a really amazing thing to be able to have a lesson with him. 
My companions and I are doing well working together as a trio, it was Sister Evans and I two month anniversary yesterday...haha the longer and longer we are together the more and more we grow alike :)
It truly is amazing to see the fruits of our labors this week, to see that God has prepared these people! I am grateful for the knowledge of the gospel and the opportunity that I have at this point in my life to share it. I love you so much family and continue to pray for your well being and especially for your health as the holidays draw near. Let me know if there is anything you would like for me to pray for. Keep pressing on family!  
Keep praying and reading the scriptures as a family!!! That is what helps feel closer to our Heavenly Father!!!! Talk to you soon!!!
p.s---Only 39 more days until Christmas!!!!!!!!!
Hermana Abreu 

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