Great start to a new year!

Hola, todos!

This week was fantastic!! We’ve had more lessons than ever – we had ten more this week than last week – and I love seeing the little ways that we are able to bring light into people’s lives. It’s amazing! 
I have good news!! Alexis is officially being baptized this Saturday, the 11th, at 6pm en la noche. :):):) I am so excited!!! She is so ready, and we’ve been having fun planning who’s doing what. I’m going to sing and Hermana Solomon is going to play the piano while she’s changing. What’s more, the program is otherwise filled with her friends and acquaintances. !!! Even though we’re in the Spanish branch, and she doesn’t speak Spanish, she has a great support system. (Her grandma, who doesn’t speak Spanish, attends there… long story. That’s the connection there.) It has been a miracle to see how this has all come about!
In fact, there’s one miracle that I don’t think I’ve shared with you for sake of time yet. The reason why Alexis even decided to investigate the Church was because this boy, Sam, invited her to sit by him and his friends at school. He noticed she was new, and just thought she should join them! He told us he wasn’t even thinking about, quote, “church stuff,” at the time; he was simply being a friend. Well, she was quickly adopted into that circle of friends. At first she thought that it was a coincidence that Sam goes to the same church – the Spanish branch, even – as her Grandma, who was just returning to activity. We know better. 🙂 Anyway, the point is that if Sam hadn’t invited her to sit by him… she would have become friends with someone else; she may have been in the same position she was in while living in Florida. That, in and of itself, is a testament that small and simple things bring to pass miracles! Be a friend to everyone; don’t judge them by their outward appearance. Try to see them as Heavenly Father sees them; what they could do and become if they knew what we knew. Imagine them going through the temple, worthy of the temple recommend they would hold. 🙂
Another miracle: after one instance of church, she was hooked! This serves to prove that the power of the spirit really does overcome the barrier of language. She came to the Spanish branch her fist time and really liked it, even though she technically couldn’t understand everything. What a miracle. 🙂 It was because of that, and the spirit she felt in other situations, that prompted her to text us (she asked us first – the night before we were going to ask her!!) and ask if she could learn more about the whole “Mormon thing.” Invite people to church. I think that we become so accustomed to church, sometimes, that we (or at least, I do) the power that it truly has. I know that I have been blessed so much to be able to attend church casi cada Domingo, almost every single Sunday, of my life. 🙂 Don’t be afraid; trust in the power of the spirit which I testify is real.
I don’t have much more time, unfortunately! I think I need to clarify one more thing, though; we are going to see Elder Holland this Saturday (yes, that’s the same day as Alexis’s baptism!! It is going to be the BEST day ever!!!). Perdoneme; creo que menti a ustedes. Forgive me; I think I lied to you all. I’m excited to go to Phoenix and to tell you all about it next week!!
Gracias por todos su amor y sus esfuerzos. Les amo!
Con aprecio,
Hermana Sutherland 🙂

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