This week was great. I think the highlights came from two new investigators we were able to find. Both of them let us in after we started talking to them at the door. The first sister's name is Nancy. She let us in and seemed really skeptical at first. She'd met with missionaries before and had somehow gotten the picture that we worship prophets instead of Jesus Christ. It was cool to see the Spirit teach her as we testified of the Savior and of the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith. I'm amazed at the faith that people show as they feel the Spirit and we invite them to seek and receive their own answers. We went back for a second appointment with Nancy and read from the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 11 with her. She had invited a friend to come over as well, and as we read, I could feel the Spirit bearing testimony of the Savior and of the importance of baptism. I could tell that the Spirit had opened Nancy's heart and produced a change in her desires. She told us she would ask God if the things we shared are true. She had such an attitude of willingness by the end of the lesson, and her friend also accepted her own copy of the Book of Mormon!
A second investigator we found is named Judith. She literally has no knowledge of the gospel. She believes in God but doesn't really know how to worship him. As we taught her the message of the restoration she started opening up to us about a lot of difficult things in her life. I was blown away by the faith that this sister has, even with no background of knowing anything about the gospel of Jesus Christ. She has such trust in God and in His will, and that faith has carried her through experiences I can't even imagine having. Her heart is truly "prepared ground" ready to receive the gospel. We're going back to teach her tonight--we're so excited!
This week has been full of really spiritual lessons and also a few lessons that were just really frustrating. A couple times we walked out of lessons feeling really discouraged because we couldn't feel the Spirit. It's never good to feel that way, but it's also an opportunity to find out what we need to change. Even in a lesson where someone decides to not accept the gospel, if we're teaching by the Spirit, we can walk out feeling fulfilled and satisfied. I feel like I have a lot of growing to do and a lot of charity and faith to develop. I want to be able to walk out of every lesson knowing that I fulfilled my purpose, and not feeling like I was trying to just convince someone to accept.
We also had zone leader council this week, and as a council we set the baptismal goal for the mission for 2013. Just like last month, it was a powerful experience to realize the importance of each missionary in bringing to pass the work of the Lord. I feel so blessed to be in a place where I'm able to experience the power of the Lord's hand in bringing about the salvation of His children in such a direct way.
Other news to report--transfer calls! Sister Jensen and I will be staying together in San Mateo for her last transfer. I'm sending yet another companion home! It will be a great transfer and I'm grateful to have 6 more weeks to be with Hermana Jensen. She's great and I learn a lot from her every day.