Monday, May 19, 2014

Just another manic Monday!

Wow, week 6 of the transfer is already here and transfer calls are this Saturday! Yesterday I hit 8 months, and my companion goes home in 2, where is the time going? The work is starting to pick up here, but I am scared that all the work will come to an end this next week. Transfer calls are going to be crazy because this is the last transfers that President Durrant will do, so who knows what he has up his sleeve!

We received a referral from the Gladys Knight concert from a boy that recently returned home from his mission, but the rest of his family weren't members. We set up an appointment with them, and we were able to go over and have a very powerful lesson with them. The returned missionary was able to bear his testimony and you could just feel the Spirit so strongly. My companion was testifying of how she knew the Book of Mormon was true and in my mind I was trying to think of the best, most correct Spanish sentences to say, but apparently I looked like I was really tired as I was staring off trying to think really hard, so the dad asked me if I was falling asleep. AWKWARD. All I was trying to do was bear my testimony, but that is okay, we were able to have a really good lesson, and I could tell that they could feel something different.

We have been knocking a lot lately, and sometimes it is really hard because it is so hot and you can just feel the sweat dripping everywhere, but it makes it all worth it when you find that one person who has been waiting to hear your message. One thing that I have noticed a lot recently is that people, when they let you in to their house, are very open with you and don't really hesitate to tell you anything. We end up hearing their whole life story. Sometimes it is good, but other times not so much, but I take it as a compliment that they trust us so much. I think that people realize that there is something different about these 2 girls knocking on their door.

We are visiting a less active that has been in the hospital but no one in the ward knew that she was there. She suffered from a stroke after falling out of bed, and has lost the control of the left side of her body. When we visit her, her speech is usually pretty slow but her brain is still very sharp. We go there almost everyday because she needs help eating. We sing to her different hymns and we read conference talks with her. She has the most amazing testimony I have ever heard. All she says is that she know that she was given this trial for a reason and that she can always feel God's love. Also, when she gets better she wants to just serve all the people that are here in the hospital because she knows how hard it is to be here. She always asks us what we need and wants to serve us. The Elders were able to give her a blessing a few days ago and tears just filled her eyes. We are trying to get ward members to go and visit her, but they often say that they are too busy with their own lives, how sad. I hope that we can start to find some people to visit her, because she really is amazing.

This week I have been super tired, but I think that is just because of the heat, it really wears you out! I think it is funny because the more tired I am, the happier I am. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints! WOOHOO!! Also, I want to give a shout out to Megan ______ for her awesome missionary experience that she shared with me. She is amazing for taking the opportunity to give her friend a Book of Mormon and to answer some questions!

"Everyone is ready to hear the gospel, this isn't the time for planting the seed, this is the time for harvesting!" - Anonymous! Have a great week!

Hermana Cattich


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Miracle!

Oh family what a wonderful time it is to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and to be able to say, without a doubt in my mind, that this is the true church. I was able to return to my "mission home" of Plano and see an old investigator get baptized by the Branch President! It was so rewarding as I was able to receive her from coming out of the font. She had tears in her eyes, and she couldn't stop saying how she was so happy that she could start her life over again! I hugged her for about 5 minutes as we both wouldn't let go, I was soaking wet but I didn't care. It was amazing. She is my age, so that was pretty cool to say that I was able to introduce someone that was my own age to the gospel!

This past week we have be contacting referrals from the Gladys Knight concert and we received a referral of a Spanish speaking family, so my companion and I were pretty excited. We went by and ended up meeting the mom and the oldest daughter. We set up a return appointment for Saturday but they called us and cancelled. As church was about to start on Sunday, we were walking in to the chapel and the whole family was there! All 4 of them, and we didn't do anything to get them there, they came on their own. It was amazing! It made me realize that Heavenly Father does play the biggest part in this work and without him, we wouldn't be able to do anything. Because of this family, we were able to have 6 investigators in church in the Dallas 9th ward and for Mother's Day!

I was also able to talk to my family, especially my mother yesterday! It was so good to see them and crazy to think that I only have one more Skype session and then I will be home, but don't worry I am not thinking about that already! My mom is amazing and I hope she felt special yesterday. I know that I couldn't be here on my mission without the support of my mother and all of my family!

We are still in the finding process but we have been given approval by the mission president to speak both Spanish and English because our area that we share with the elders is so big. So whoever we find, we teach!  Woohoo! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and that everyone was able to Skype their missionary!

I love you all!

Hermana Cattich


Monday, May 5, 2014

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Well family, another week has flown by! It is just starting to get hot, I sweat all the time, and the bugs are starting to bite, but all is good because I am doing the Lord's work in the best mission ever! This week was a little slow though but I know that I am just being taught patience. We are really trying to do a lot of reactivation work and it is hard when the members don't want missionaries to come to their house anymore or have hurt feelings because of the people in the ward. Please be nice to everyone! We are all loved children of our Heavenly Father, and this is his church. He wants us to all be here and supporting one another and learning more of him. There are so many people out there that are looking for more truth and this is the church where you can find it. You can also find love, peace and happiness and members that want to act on their faith. How amazing it is to be a member and a missionary of this church. In my area, I just know that there are so many places to knock and so many amazing people to meet! I love Dallas, Texas!

This week, our mission had the honor of having Gladys Knight here for 7 concerts and we were able to bring our investigators, less actives and recent converts. She is a member of our church and she shared her testimony and also had her choir sing some fun songs. It was so great! We were able to bring some less actives and they loved it and we also brought Lily and her boyfriend! I could feel the spirit so strongly and I know that each person that was there could feel it too. It was cool because she was a Christian before she converted to our church and there are a lot of people here in Texas, that know of her because of her gospel music. There was such a good turn out!

We are continuing to work with our investigators and trying to always talk to more people. Before my mission I was so scared to go up to people but know I walk up to random people on the street and bear my testimony. It is crazy what 7.5 months on a mission can do! I know that there is no way that I could do this without Heavenly Father's help. This week I have the awesome opportunity to return back to Plano for a baptism! Woohoo! Plano is seriously my home on the mission. I am so excited to celebrate another one of my investigators coming closer unto Christ. This work is truly amazing!

I hope everyone has a great week and we all remember that we are children of our Heavenly Father!

Hermana Cattich