Sister Ihler, Me :) Santa, Ana, Domingo, Nate, Manuel, Tanner and Tyler!
HOLA!!! So, lately I've been kind of feeling lost and don't feel like we're making any kind of progress here- especiall with the Spanish work. I felt really impressed last Sunday during sacrament that the next week was going to be so important for some reason. Hermana Ihler and I fasted and prayed this past week to receive extra help and guidance from the Lord regarding the Spanish work here in Paducah. We took time to really go through each Hispanic family and prayed about who we should focus on. Then a miracle happened! We met a young man, Manuel, about a month ago and set up a return appointment with him but when we went back he wasn't home and we have never been able to get a hold of him since- well on Tuesday we were on exchanges with Sister McCrady and we were visiting some of our investigators and we walked past Manuel's house and his whole family was outside sitting on the porch! We introduced ourselves and made a return appointment. We went back Thursday and taught them about the Book of Mormon and invited them to church. They are so sweet- they're from Guatemala. We went back Saturday night to invite them again and they said that they would come! We showed up Sunday morning with a member at 9:45 and they were all ready to go! We were a little nervous because our Spanish is still horrible but then another miracle happened! We had met some returned missionaries earlier that week who were selling security in our neighborhood and 3 of them speak Spanish! They are still fresh off their missions and are so fired up about missionary work! We asked if they would be willing to come to our ward and translate for us and they said yes! They played a huge part into helping the Pastor family feel comfortable and welcome. They even taught them the first lesson during second hour- it was so funny because they totally got into missionary mode and were calling each other their companions. Everything came together and we can't believe that we had the first real Hispanic family come to the Paducah ward!!! Hermana Ihler and I were walking on cloud nine. They said they enjoyed church and Brother Pastor said that he really wanted this for his family and when we invited him to baptism during Sunday School he said that if he continues to feel that this is right for his family then they all will! Then on the way home from church they had Brother Syphus stop at Little Caeser's to get a pizza :) haha we'll go over keeping the Sabbath day holy next time! The Lord has shown to us that there are families here who have a desire to come into the gospel and that it's possible to have them here at church! MIRACLES ARE REAL!! We're having FHE (family home evening) with that family tonight and we are so excited to continue teaching them and help them come closer to our Savior.
One day there will be a huge Spanish branch in the Paducah Zone! We also had a less active youth who's family(The only Hispanic family in the ward) hasn't come to church in years come to mutual on Wednesday and plans to start coming to church if we get him rides- we're hoping his mom will soon follow his example!
Transfers were anounced Saturday and Hermana Ihler and I will be staying here! Woo woo! Hopefully we'll continue to see so many miracles happening!
This morning was INCREDIBLE! We left our house early to go over to the Harris' home for a true southern breakfast- homemade biscuits, gravy and sausages with eggs- SO GOOD! Then we went back into their beautiful giant yard and started planting their blackberry bushes for them. I felt like a little pioneer pulling the heavy bushes in my little handcart across the yard. And oh my goodness- I saw SO many spiders! A black widow and the biggest spider I have ever seen in my life- I'm pretty sure it was a female wolf spider. It was seriously huge. The bugs here are unreal and the humidity is crazy! We just keep hearing that it's going to get worse and worse! Yipee! It's so beautiful here, I feel so blessed to be here in Kentucky!
I miss y'all so much! Thank you for all of your prayers and support! I love y'all to the moon and back!