Monday, July 18, 2016


[Editor's note:  Lydia is currently serving a mini-mission in Worcester, while her arm heals from surgery.  She had a bone graft and pins, took a small mini-vacation to our family reunion in Utah and travelled back across the country by Amtrak to get her arm re-cast and plunge back into mission work.  We loved having her with us!]

The lady in red is Maria, the one in pink flowers is her sister Justina, the guy with long hair is her son Joseph, the guy with the beard is a recent convert from Cuba that is going to the temple in a few weeks. He grew that beard because he loves Brigham Young and wanted to be just like him.

Missionary work is so different here and I feel like I am finally getting the hang of it. We have meet some intensely awesome people here. First I want to talk about Francis. Francis is Polish. she came here 8 years ago. The plan was to stay for 3 months and visit a friend but she has never gone back. She has 3 sons, 1 daughter, and 5 grand kids 3 of which she has never met. She works cleaning the house of one of the less active members of the ward. 4 months ago when Sis Jensen first meet her she spoke literally no English. Her downstairs neighbor would sometimes help her translate but that was it. So Sis Jensen started teaching her English. When I showed up she had learned enough that she could somewhat communicate and with us.  She started to read the children's BoM in English. She loves it! she has been learning so much and last time when we showed up for class she had a questioned prepared and she asked "how is your bible different than my bible? " we were then (with the help of a computer and google translate) able to explain the Book of Mormon and bear our testimonies. She is the sweetest old lady I have ever meet. Every time we go over she makes us a delicious desert and we can just tell she is so happy to see us. Last class we also helped her find a polish Book of Mormon online through and she saved it on her favorites list! We will check in in a few days and see if she has read it :)

Then there is Eme. A few transfers ago Sis Jensen and her comp were really struggling in the area because the basically didn't have investigators so they decided to pray and as guided by the spirit write down specific attributes at the investigator they needed to find and baptize would have. Sis Jensen thought of a young, beautiful Dominican with great hair. And her comp thought of a short over weight Puerto Rican lady. So both pretty different but they kept looking for these people and nothing really happened until Hna Jensen's comp left and a week or 2 before I got here, Hna Buck and Hna Jensen contacted Eme, a young beautiful Dominican with great hair. Hna Jensen says when she saw her face she KNEW it was the girl she had been picturing. When they asked if she would like to hear a message about Jesus Christ she said "Sure, I love Jesus"! They weren't able to teach her till I joined them but now we have taught her twice-ish and she is totally on FIRE! We Committed her to baptism and she totally accepted and pretty soon we are going to put a date with her that she can prepare for.

Next we have Joseph. He is an old investigator of the sisters but they dropped him because he would never come to church or keep commitments and they had been teaching him for about a month. But then the week they dropped him on of the members who had visited Jose with them went to visit him and talked to him for an hour and a half and convinced him to come to church on Sunday!!! through a long and eventful string of happenstances He came to church! he has been twice now, he is being baptized the 23 and wishes he could be baptized sooner, and he is going to the temple August 6th to do baptisms for the dead for his father and brothers. Joseph is awesome we meet with him everyday!

The one investigator I am really worried about is Maria....[personal info].... 

Sorry I didn't really write last week we went in to Boston and had a blast but didn't really had time for anything else. I love you guys!The work is good and the church is true!

Love Sis Lambert