October 14, 2013
PRE-BIRTHDAY AND A FECHA!
Today is my pre-birthday. We’re celebrating with a Greek food district lunch and a sister party at our apartment. Like I mentioned, this transfer is gonna be crazy. Lots of changes. We all feel it. So we’re trying to make the most of the 3 Pdays we have left! I love these sisters and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such powerhouse missionaries out here! I know they’ll be part of my life forever. Like college roommate status. Only better.
I’m also celebrating on Wednesday (my actual birthday) at Zone Meeting.
And maybe a little next P day when we have the car.
Who says you can’t have 3 birthday parties?
This week was so great. Despite the exhaustion of bike week, we were on a cloud. Why? Because we started it all with a
or in other words, a date set. for baptism.
I’ve talked about Luigi and Sara before. He hasn’t gone to church since he was 14. Fell away right after he went to EFY. She has little-to-no religious background. The sisters before had started meeting with her to teach her about the Bible. “I just want to learn about the Bible,” she told them, “none of the Mormon side of it.” So that’s where we started. The basics. Christ, his teachings, and the atonement. But then we testified of the Book of Mormon and explained how it worked with the Bible so we have all the teachings of Christ. “Oh…well yeah that makes sense.” she said. And so we began to use the Book of Mormon. Shortly after that, we met Luigi and he told us of all his research he had been doing and how it had led him right back to the church. And so we began to work with them both. It’s like we don’t have to work at all though. They’re ready.
On Monday night we sat right down in their kitchen while Eyda and Luis took care of Xavier, their 1-year-old son, outside. Miracle in and of itself because when Xavier is there, it’s hard for everyone to concentrate. He is darn cute and loves to be the center of attention. Anyways. We taught them about the Gospel of Christ and they were both on the edge of their seat with interest. We all knew what was coming. “So how do you feel about all of this?” we asked. “I’m at peace with it.”-Luigi. “Yeah completely. It makes sense.”-Sara.
You know what happens next.
“Well, Sara, Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God?”
Her response. She leans over to Luigi and says, “Hey you know who I just thought of that could baptize me? Jamie.” [Jamie is their active brother-in-law.]
We’ll take that as a yes?!
We set up a calendar for November 2nd and everyone was grinning their faces off. We encouraged them to pray about it and make sure that it was the right choice and right date for them. Right before we were about to leave, Luigi said, “You know, the more I’m looking back into the church, the more reasons I’m finding to continue on this path. It’s interesting. Ever since we started meeting with y’all. It’s like I’m drawn to this.“
We got into the car. And screamed.
We met with Sara on her own the next afternoon. She told us that she and Luigi had 1) read the Book of Mormon together the night before. 2) Watched a session of General Conference together [and she loved President Uchtdorf’s talk. Who didn’t? Doubt your doubts before you doubt your fears. Like wow.] and 3) prayed together.
She told us she and Luigi had been talking about baptism and the thought came to her head, “maybe this really will help us to be closer as a couple and as a family.” and then she felt a “cold, good feeling” come over her whole body. “It was cool, but it was peaceful and it just felt right.” she said. You better believe we did some testifying. She felt the Holy Ghost so strongly!
The rest of the week we were on top of the world. We were invincible. We worked hard and prayed harder. We were guided and we were making goals left and right, even when we didn’t have those goals in our plans.
Even Saturday. We were outside on bikes from 1-6, and didn’t get in one single home.
But we were okay. Cause we knew we were on the Lord’s errand and sometimes that means planting a lot of seeds.
Plus my watch tanline was looking prettttty awesome after that day. We saw miracles. Our timing was spot on way too many times to be accidental.
And the skies were gorgeous. I always feel like Heavenly Father is just smiling down on me when He sends me a pretty sky. I think I say “Look at the skyyyyyyyy. The clouds are amazinggggggg.” every. single. day. But seriously. Florida skies rock.
Yesterday we had to sing at a farewell of one of the boys in the ward. We sang Armies of Helaman…in Spanish.
It was weird being at a farewell. It brought back so many memories of the feelings I had right before the mission. I looked at Bryan and thought, “poor kid. I know exactly how you feel right now. but it gets better.” It really does. All things come to pass, whether for good or for bad. The best thing we can do is just enjoy the moment. And I’m thoroughly enjoying every moment here. I am so blessed to be able to consecrate all my heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord for this short time. The church is so true.
Don’t forget it.
Love you all!