"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
-Alma 5:45-46,48-49
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
-Moroni 10:32

My Address: (I LOVE MAIL!)
Sister Zhenya Plumb
California Arcadia Mission
614 W. Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006-2030

Monday, February 1, 2016

Miracles! (An email just sent to us, her family, but I wanted to share it)

Hey family! First off Go Broncos! Second, I will try to email you all
individually if I have time, but I really wanted to share with you
guys specifically the really amazing week I had this week. I am sorry
it is so long. Maybe if you guys have time you can sit down and read
it all together. So many miracles happen like all in one day that I
want to share with you all :)

So not this Sunday but the last, the APs (assistants to the president
of our mission) in our ward told us that President Villanueva wanted
to split our ward between the two of us, North and South. So we would
give up the people we were teaching in the southern part of our area,
Gigi, Justine, Eddy, Cherish, Maria, and Sonia to the Elders and then
they would give up their investigators in the Northern half to us.

I have been in Glendale 2 since I started my mission 5 months ago. I
opened up the area with Sister Iaboo the first day I got out here, and
I have developed a true love for all the people in this area that I
didnt even think was that big of a deal or was even that strong in the
first place, until they told us that we wouldnt be able to teach these
people or even go to members houses in the south part of the area for
dinner appointments. Sister Ballard and I were very troubled.
Seriously, this week I have prayed so fervently to know if this is
really what the Lord wants. This week we were supposed to tell people
about it, but to be honest, we were putting it off.
For district meeting we were supposed to read Alma 20 and 22 and in
those two chapters the word "desire" stood out to me. As I followed
the desires of the people in the stories, from the beginning of the
chapters down to the end I noticed that as they humbled themselves
they were able to submit to the will of the Lord, and what He would
have them do. So I thought about that a lot, and I asked myself, "are
my desires in line with the Lords?" I came to the conclusion that what
ever the Lord wants me to do and wanted for this area that it was
going to be the best possible plan, because if I I submitted myself to
His will He would make up the rest. And so I accepted it after that,
and so did Sister Ballard. So Friday came up and we officially made
the boundary of where to split, and then on Sunday we were going to
split up the area book.

BUT THEN Saturday happened. It seemed like I could fit a whole week
into what happened on Saturday. That day we wanted to spend as much
time as possible in the south part of are area. So we were planning on
visiting Phil, Gigi and Justine, Nick and Audrey, Eddy, and the
Berganzas. We first started off in China town, and did some awesome
contacting there. Then we walked down a couple blocks to dog town (the
projects), were Phil and Gigi and Justine live. We finished our lesson
with Phil and were walking down when this guy came out of one of the
buildings and stopped us. His name is Hector and he is from Arizona,
visiting his mom who is ill. He told us he is mormon and held the
priesthood, but had been less active for quite sometime. He then told
us his conversion story of how he met the missionaries. He told us
that he admired missionaries so much for what they do and where they
serve. He said that he was so grateful for seeing us there, and he
said that he wanted to quickly shake our hands because he was going to
start crying. He said once he gets back home the first thing he is
going to do is talk to his bishop and start going back to church! We
seriously didnt even say anything to this man! We were simply just
THERE and it was as if we did so much for him. I thought that was
amazing. We literally probably said just a few words and yet it was
enough for him to tell us he was coming back to church. That was a
huge miracle, and an answer to my prayers.

But wait there is more! We had our last lesson with Gigi and Justine,
which was sad. We talked about baptism with them more, and that the
elders were going to teach them instead, and well..... they werent
ecstatic about it. So that was a bit sad. Also we ran into their
neighbor Annett who told us that we need to come by next week because
she wants to be baptized. So ya, she is ready too!

We then took the train to Nick and Audreys house (referrals from a
member), and walked up so many hills, and got rejected at the door,
because the husband told us to come by, but then the wife answered and
she said no, but thats ok. So then we get down the hills and we are
waiting by the bus stop and find out the bus isnt coming for another
hour, and we are figuring out what to do next when BAM a truck drives
by and a ladder and a huge wooden pallet fly out the back a long with
all this card board. It was kind of funny but mostly dangerous! Cars
were trying to avoid the ladder and palate in the middle of the
intersection and then running over the card board boxes which would
fly up and almost hit the car behind them! So the guy who had the
truck parked it at a near by park and sister Ballard and I started to
run into the street to get the ladder and palate out of the way. There
were so many boxes though! So we would press the light to make it go
red and then run out and get it hahaha people even started to help us!
When the guy got his truck over to the pile that we made, we tried
talking with him but he only knew spanish of course. As we were
putting the card board in the back of the truck a girl walks up to us
and asks if we are mormon. We said yes! actually we are mormon
missionaries. Her name is Leslie, she is 15 and she spoke some spanish
so she was able to communicate what we wanted to say to roberto (the
guy with the card board box truck) She told us that she used to go to
the church with her mom who is a member and that she even used to go
to seminary, but then she started hanging out with the wrong group of
kids. She told us that she just got out of juvy 2 days ago and is
looking for a way to change her life around and find better people to
be around. She said that she really wanted to join our church! Ok ya!
miracle 2! We talked with her for a while and she seemed more and more
interested. we told her that we probably wouldnt be able to teach her
but that missionaries who were just like us, but boys could teach her.
She said that would be nice but she wasnt sure her dad would allow
that. Which makes sense. We are hopefully going to see her this

Ok wow, I am so sorry I am going to try to wrap this all up now. After
we said goodby to Leslie, we were walking down the street and this guy
asked us if we were mormon. Wow! three times in a row!! We told him
yes and that we were missionaries. He said that he was a barber and
that missionaries used to come in on their bikes and get hair cuts
from him all the time. He mostly was concerned that we didnt have a
car, and wanted to talk to our mission president, so I gave him our
number and told him to call us to to talk to him. hahaha thats all the
conversation we really had time for, because we were late for our last
dinner with the Berganzas (aka second family). They have fed us every
saturday, since sister Iaboo and I reactivated them 3 months ago. We
told them the news, and brother berganza just said, "No. they can not
take my sisters away. I am going to talk to your mission president."
Ah it broke my heart! I felt so bad, seriously no matter how easy and
great we tried to make it sound the members were not happy. But the
Berganzas are not a family who sit and pout about something so to make
us happy he said that he would drive us back home in his sports car!
So that was an adventure! haha I wont tell you how fast we went. all
I'll say is that at least Im alive and it was SO FUN.

Ok so then this Sunday was Stake Conference and President Villanueva
was there!! What are the chances???  So we cornered him and told him
everything that had happened the past week and that day. He said that
he would tell the APs and they will figure it out. After that happened
Sister Ballard and I just felt so relieved. It was a like a huge
weight had gone from us. Stake conference was great too. There was a
talk given by Brother Pentale (I think thats how you spell it) of the
70 and he said, "The object of prayer is not to change the will of
God, but for him to grant our asking according to his will" I do not
think there is a truer statement for the week that I had than that.
That night we got a text from president Villanueva saying, "I just
want to let you know that the division is not going go happen
tomorrow. First I would like to recieve more information about the
reason why you think it is not going to work that way. Please include
that information in your weekly report, then I will get back to you."

I know that God is here to hear and answer our prayers, and not just
for us to be grateful for things or to ask him for things but he also
wants to hear our complaints. He wants to calm our troubles and that
can only be done if we let them out. This week I cried a lot, and I
didnt want to. I wanted to keep it all bottled up inside, but I
couldnt take it anymore and so I prayed to Heavenly Father for
guidance and comfort, because I was so troubled, and I know he heard
me, and I know he will continue to hear me. He knows that I will be
susceptible to his every will and command, and I will because I know
that it is what is going to bless me and those around me.
I am grateful to have a loving God.

Sister Plumb

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