I wanted to tell you a funny story, and you can choose to laugh if you want. I wish Sister Turner were here, because she could tell the story much better than me. Neither Sister Rodriguez or I speak Spanish. There are times, being in California, where you are bound to run into someone that doesn't speak English, which happens quite often. One day, we happened to run into a man, that only spoke Spanish. So, we start our Spanish contact, and don't judge: "Somos representantes de Jesu Cristo, de la iglesia de jesu cristo de los santos de los ultimos dias. We're sharing a dos minuto video de jesu Cristo, can we share with you?" Then he just went off in Spanish, and when I don't know what they are saying, I just smile and look at my companion, even though she doesn't speak either, and he kept talking. I understood a few vocab words, we were trying to communicate, and I was desperate. I was praying for the gift of tongues, but nothing really happened... So, we stood there for a few minutes, thinking of how to form a sentence and saying "si" every once in a while. Then, he just decided to start speaking English! He knew how to speak, perfectly mind you, the whole time! We laughed, but I really was quite embarrassed. He wasn't interested, but he was nice. and that is my story.... Not sure if it was even funny, but that's okay!
Thursday: We picked up an awesome investigator-Lorena! Sister Rodriguez and I had just gotten out of the car to go seeking with faith (walking around a neighborhood) and there was a lady across the street and a ways down, but I saw her waving, so I waved back. I said, "Let's go talk to her!" We crossed the street and when we got over to her, she said "I was waving to my neighbor, not you." She wasn't rude, but don't we all hate when that happens! It is so awkward! But, we ended up being able to share the followhim.mormon.org video with her.
Saturday: Sister Rodriguez had a baptism in her old area, so I was able to see Lorena with a young woman from our ward. We were able to teach the Restoration to her. The Spirit was so strong and one thing she told us was that whenever she starts having questions about things, religious people always show up. She was having questions about why there are so many churches, and she smiled more throughout the lesson, as we continued to teach her. She accepted a baptism date for July 31st- my mom's birthday (I think). Hopefully she comes to church, so that she can get baptized! I was also testifying about God and Jesus Christ appearing to Joseph Smith, and I said: "I know that he saw God and Jesus Christ, because I have prayed about it, and I have received an answer from God." She then asked if she could keep the pamphlet, and we invited her to pray about Joseph Smith and the Restoration, and she said "Yes, I will!"
I invite you to pray about this message, continually. Continue to read the Book of Mormon to strengthen your testimony. Christ's gospel has been restored. Pray to find those that the Lord has prepared for you to share the gospel with. I love this gospel. I love this church. I am so grateful to be a part of it. I was able to go to a child of record baptism on Saturday. They shared a video with everyone, called: The Power of God- it's a Mormon message. https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/power-of-god-2
Watching that helped me see even more how real this gospel is. This gospel is a life long commitment. God has created a plan, and it needs to be a part of every aspect of our lives. The church is true! :)
your fellow missionary friend
Sister Cozzens and Sister Pielstick "I went
on exchanges with SISTER PIELSTICK.
What a girl, I love her. My old companion--
of 5 days."
Sisters Cozzens and Rodriguez