J.- recent convert- is the 2nd counselor in the YM's and is loving it! He helped put together a great activity this week to raise money for the youth to go to the temple and is a great home teacher already! Spending Sundays making visits! He is wonderful and I am beyond proud of him- preparing to recieve blessing patr. and to serve a mission!
E.- paid tithing and is on track to get the Melchizedek Priesthood! doing great and helping us find and teach his friends! E. BLESSED THE SACRAMENT YESTERDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND I CRIED! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! HE AND J. CALL US EVERYDAY WANTING TO BAPTIZE, WITH REFERENCES, AND WANTING TO FEED US! SO PROUD OF MY SOON-TO-BE ELDERS!
D.- received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and he and his wife will get a couple calling this week! He is happy! He is doing FHE this week!
T. will stay with the young women because I felt like the RS was too advanced for her even though she is 18. She is happy and will also receive a calling with the YW!
A.R. will get married to the member named S. this week on Friday before the ward Christmas dinner! I asked P (returned missionary- daughter of D.) to do her makeup for me and I am planning on helping with her hair for her big day!
MY RECENT CONVERTS ARE ROCK STARS AND ARE DOING SO WELL! ANXIOUS TO FIND AND BAPTIZE MORE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE LORDS KINGDOM!
This week we found more people to teach and marked a date for baptism with a 13 yr old girl named G. She was a referral from the Sisters in the other ward. We went there and taught her and her mom. They were so receptive. I brought P. (rm) with us to teach and Sister Anjos said that it was her first ever lesson with a member in the mission! I was shocked because I love teaching with member and love teaching the members how to teach others- the Spirit is always so strong and the investigator automatically has a friend to follow up with them and to fellowship. THE LESSON WAS INCREDIBLE..if I may... and we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. G. accepted to be baptized this upcoming Sunday and her mom was great as well. Her mom was actually a pastor of another church for 11 years, but told us that she always felt like she was missing something, that in that other church she felt like she has been suffocated- that her agency had been taken away but strict rules and doctrine of men. She felt the Spirit and accepted our invitation to pray about her own baptism! We are hopeful that she will be baptized with her daughter! So happy!
We also found a widow named E.- she has been visited by the elders years ago but they could not enter her home because she lives alone- hey left the Book of Mormon but didn't explain.....HHHMMMPHHH...they also didn't leave her in the area book--shocker again--- and so we found her knocking doors. She explained that she read 11 pages of the Book of Mormon and knew that it was true but lost contact with the missionaries. We are working with her and are hoping to baptize her soon as well! So exciting!
This week we know we need to do divisions with the sister to help them to baptize and with other difficulties, but we also know that we need to baptize in our area to set an example for them...its a tricky balance...we are deciding with Presidente to see if we will go out to train/work in the sisters areas this week, or stay in our area to build up our area to be ready to go to the Christmas conference and do divisions next week.... we will see what he decides.. either way I am excited!
Our goal for the month of December with our sisters is 25 baptisms!! Lots of work and prayer ahead!
I studied in Matthew 10 today- I loved the promise that if we lose ourselves during this time doing His work, we will find ourselves- and that whoever proclaims His name unto men, He will speak for us to the Father--- so special! I am trying to do this- with this new assignment, I am under even more pressure- the Lord is putting me in the fire to be refined-, and I am grateful, because in order for a ordinary stone to become a diamond, heat and pressure is needed--- I am excited to continue learn lots and help serve the Lord and other missionaries-I feel so humbled and inadequate, but I know that this is the Lord's work and he will help me!