I am well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So- this week has been hard but awesome!!!!!
We had a combined zone P-day today and a combined Zone Conference tomorrow.
My feet feel great! We have walked more this week and my feet feel great! I walk and don't even have to pretend that they don't hurt because they really don't! I have been using the medicated cream religiously and following the president's advice to rest--- its been a challenge for me to just sit in the house--- but I have been grateful for the study time! I started to Book of Mormon again on Wednesday and by Friday I was through 2nd Nephi! It's been great to read just to read and study and the conference talks in the church magazines too! Plus lots of chats with my comp and lots of letter writing! We- my comp and I, love singing in Portuguese and English - we sing all the church music on our iPods in both languages while we are making cards for people! It's fun! So- it hasn't been as hard as I thought! I am grateful!
ON FRIDAY- I was introduced to G., C., and their little 3 year old son, D.
My comp had found them a week before and it's a long story but they had welcomed her and her other comp in and were super curious about the Plan of Salvation---- golden! My comp and the other sister taught them all of the lessons except the Restoration and a few commandments
So, on Friday, we went in to their house and taught the Restoration--- I was in charge of just inviting them to be baptized, but ended up teaching the entire part about prophets, apostles, and Christ's ministry!!! It was amazing! They were asking lots of questions and somehow- only Heavenly Father knows- I was answering the questions without much help from my comp!!!! It was amazing! They were asking hard, but important questions, and we ended up staying much longer than we thought.
When it came time to ask them if they would be baptized--- I testified simply of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and of the Book of Mormon and then asked them if they would follow the example of Christ and prepare to be baptized on the 11th of Feb--- then G. responded--- I already have received my answer that this church is true and I don't want to wait that long to be baptized!WHAT IN THE WORLD!!!!!??? CAN YOU SAY GOLDEN INVESTIGATOR? CAN YOU SAY PREPARED BY THE LORD???
So-- because they were prepared to be baptized sooner- we set yesterday as the day for them to be baptized!We went back to their house on Saturday and talked to them about the interview with the zone leaders and explained more about that-- then we ate the yummiest bread, homemade jelly, and homemade juice from the fresh cherries on the tree in their yard!! Soooo fun to talk to them and the food was soooo good!
Then on Sunday we got to the church early-- and the Elders came and did the interviews with G. and C.--- I helped get D. into primary and we sat with him until he was okay to stay in class by himself-- super cute!Then we went to the rest of our meetings- Sister Penni- I LOVE HER- and Sister Sadleir- who was with Sister Santana when they found these people- were able to come and watch the baptism as well.
Then we had the baptism and the ward was super helpful and welcoming! It was soooo special!!!!
I AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR A LOVING, AND MERCIFUL HEAVENLY FATHER!!!
THIS IS SOOOOO WONDERFUL!
Tonight we are taking G. and his family to FHE at the bishop's house and I am soooo excited!!!