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Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 – Como Estan?!

Well this week has been absolutely awesome! Elder Aguirre and I
Elder Miles shoveling snow
have been working so hard this week to bring members out with us to our lessons and even send them by our investigators without us, and we've seen some awesome miracles. This week we had two investigators come to church! It was awesome! 

The first was a lady named Maria Sanchez. She was actually introduced to us by a member from Costa Rica. The member, Hna Rice, had us go by Maria about a month or two ago but we got sent away by a roommate of Maria who is a Seventh Day Adventist. Anyway Hna Rice invited us over to her house to have a lesson with Maria. It was a great lesson and super spiritual but when we invited Maria to be baptized she told us "I've already been baptized." So we explained to her the importance of authority and talked about how she can know by reading and praying about the BoM, then Hna Rice invited her to church and Maria said yes. So that was pretty exciting. She came yesterday and seemed to enjoy herself, but we'll see what happens when we have another lesson with her. 

Elder Miles making sopes (a Mexican thing)
The second is a guy named Jorge Gonzalez. We met him on Thursday and shared the BoM with him. He has been in the US for about a year and is stuck here because he's sick and can't get the medical treatment he needs down in Mexico. He's the only one from his family in the US currently and it's been a little tough on him. After the lesson we sent by two returned missionaries that were about his age to just meet him and share a little bit more, and then they invited him to church! It was awesome! It was so cool to see two members so willing to go meet a complete stranger and get to know him. So he came and seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit. 

So we'll see what happens with them. I'll make sure to keep you updated. This week we also have an investigator who has agreed to be baptized on Feb 4th! His name is Rafael Zavala. He is the cousin of one of the members in the ward. When we taught him the Restoration he was very focused, and when we invited him to pray at the end, he asked if what we had shared was true, which was super cool. We're now just working with the members and have them go by and introduce themselves. We're excited to see what happens. 

Elder Miles at Olive Garden
On Friday night we headed down to Yakima to go on exchanges with the AP's, which was super fun. It was a great exchange and working with those elders is great. I worked with an Elder Cannon, he trained Elder Aguirre, and Elder Aguirre went with Elder Taele.
  It was weird walking around Yakima again, but it was a lot of fun. 

Elder Miles at Olive Garden with the APs
Oh this week also was my one year mark and to celebrate we went to Olive Garden!! Elder Aguirre had never been before so we went for dinner Friday night. It was fun, but its super weird to think that I have already been out on my mission for over a year. Honestly it's kinda scary. I have learned so much and grown so much in this past year, and it's gone by way to fast. It's scary to think that I'm on the other half because I honestly don't want it to end. I'm super excited for this next year though. 

Love you all!!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission
Chicken Gnocchi

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