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Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014 - Redwood City

Happy New Year! I was a missionary for every single day of the year 2013! It's awesome to look back and see what happened in 2013. I'm excited for the new year, especially the months I have left as a full time missionary. I set new year resolutions but most of them revolved around missionary work so I'll probably have to set more goals when I get home.
 
This week was a good start to the new year with Yadira's baptism. She was supposed to be baptized last week with Melissa but her leg was hurting so we pushed it back one week. She has been ready for baptism for a long time and I have no idea why she never was baptized. She met with the missionaries about a year ago and according to her progress record in the area book they dropped her because she wasn't progressing. We asked her about it and she said she wasn't sure why they stopped meeting with her. Either way, I'm so glad that she called us! When she came out of the water she said, "thank you God" and when I asked her how she felt she said "Nuevo". I think that's a perfect description of baptism.
 
Some bad news for the week is that someone stole our bike lights! We were inside the library for a lesson with a less active and when we came out, not even an hour later, our lights were gone! I was so mad! But our nice zone leaders brought us some new ones that we can clip on and off easily.
 
Our most promising investigator right now is Robert. He is so excited for baptism and always asks us to come over on the weekends so that he's not tempted to go out drinking with his friends. He lives next door to Jose Luis and we contacted him on our way to an appointment with Jose Luis. By the way, more than half of our teaching pool is somehow connected to Jose Luis. Most of them are his family members and then two of them are his neighbors. I'm sure glad we met him!
 
Speaking of his family, his wife and 3 of his grandkids surprised us this Sunday by showing up for church for the first time! We always invite them but they always make up excuses as to why they can't come. I don't know why it was different this time but the girls loved primary and I wouldn't be surprised if they start showing up more often. His wife signed up to feed us dinner on Thursday too. It's always a good sign when investigators sign up to feed the missionaries.
 
Anyway, back to Robert. He's a mechanic and told us this week that he was going to build us a car so that we don't have to ride our bikes in the cold anymore. We tried to politely refuse his offer but you don't say no to Latinos. We even explained that we're not even technically allowed to drive non-mission cars but he didn't care. I guess if he really does end up giving us a car we can donate it to a poor family in the ward...Or maybe I'll just use it for after the mission since I no longer have a car of my own!
 
Oh the other good news this week is that Enrique came back from Mexico yesterday! We called him last night and he was SO happy to hear from us. He's usually a very emotionless person so it was kind of surprising. We asked when we could come teach him again and he said as soon as possible. He'll be another baptism coming up soon!
 
Well I hope everyone has a good week! Thanks for all your love, support and letters :). I love you all!
Love, Hermana Billings

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