Iaorana everyone!This week hasn't been super eventful. We managed to get out of the car and walk around. We chose the best days, too. Super hot. We were constantly pouring sweat, but it was worth it (also I can't complain because most missionaries don't have a car with A/C). We had a reference for a girl named Manihi* a few weeks ago, but our first lesson appointment kept getting canceled until now.
We taught her with a member, and she had a friend come and listen too. I don't know if this is how everyone does it, or just my companion, but we use the How to Begin Teaching points, and basically set up a next appointment. Not really teaching for the first lesson. Also, That morning for studies, I had studied the Plan of Salvation for a lesson or two that day. I got confused and thought we were teaching it to Manihi, and when Elder Millerberg set me up perfectly to start talking about the first question, Where do we come from, I went for it. Elder Millerberg just went with it and talked about the second question, why are we here. At the end of the lesson, Manihi kept talking about a warm feeling she felt, and asked us what it was. Hmm, well that would be the Holy Ghost. Yeah!
Also when we went contacting, we found a seventeen year old who let us set up a time to teach him. We came to his house later for the lesson and he wasn't there. But his brother was, so we ended up teaching him, and setting up another appointment. While we were teaching him, his mother came and we talked to her for a little bit. She's super nice, and we'll try talking to her next time. The whole family is protestant, so they already believe in God. They're all super humble and nice. It's going to be awesome teaching them!
It was really cool to see the events that took place there. They heard a voice in the heavens, powerful to shake the earth, yet a soft, loving voice. They heard it the third time: "Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name- hear ye him." Jesus descended and told the Nephites why he came to the earth. He let them feel the wounds in his hands and feet, and taught them, before returning to heaven. It really is a blessing, the gift we got for Christmas two thousand years ago. We can repent of our sins because of his Atonement. I'm trying really hard to use that gift as much as I can.