Monday, December 16, 2013
This week has been one of those “I never want to stop being a missionary” weeks. My prayers lately have been funny because I can’t even think of anything to ask Heavenly Father for. I just kneel down and start thanking him, and next thing I know it’s been 10 minutes and I have nothing to ask for. He is blessing us so much for our hard work… it’s incredible! We couldn’t be happier! Thank goodness. [Yeah I just quoted Wicked]
But here goes. Sonia was baptized this Tuesday! And the ward completely pulled together for her. We were worried that the attendance wouldn’t be great or that they wouldn’t welcome her, but OH MY GOODNESS, our ward is amazing and I should have had more trust in them. They not only came to the baptism, but bought her a birthday cake and pizza, and we had a little birthday party for her after the baptism. Never try to do a Hispanic party without food. Hispanics love their comida. But, she was so happy and just felt like a total princess the entire night, just smiling and talking away. It was so beautiful. She received the Holy Ghost yesterday as well. So she’s officially a member. Baptisms are the best. We could not be happier!!
We have so many progressing investigators right now it’s almost hard to keep up with it all! Not that we’re complaining. We’re not. We have a few date sets on the horizon and a few more we’re hoping to set this week. The changes we’re seeing in our investigators are incredible. And new investigators seem to come with no effort at all from us. I guess nothing really happens because of us…it’s all the Lord. We just try to be as obedient as we can and Heavenly Father works out the rest!
Follow up on last week’s email about the Restoration with Manuel and Veronica. I texted them yesterday morning to remind them about church. He texted back a smiley face. 🙂 <—that’s it. What does that mean?? Well we found out what it meant because right as Sacrament Meeting was starting, in walk Manuel and Veronica and little Jefferson. I had the biggest grin on my face from behind that piano. It was amazing! We stopped by their house last night too and taught the Plan of Salvation. Veronica told us, “Before I would go to church every now and then with Manuel and it was so boring. It just made me so tired. Even after working all day, I’ve never felt so tired as I did in church. But this time it was different. I felt alive and energized and I enjoyed every minute.” Manuel followed up with, “She has changed so much since you started doing the discussions with her. She’s a different person.” It was so darn cute. She wants to be baptized so bad and they’re doing everything they can to work things out so that she is able to do that.
We met another family this week too, Rosi and Gledin. A member brought them to church last week and they loved it. He was a youth pastor in El Salvador and has studied about our religion when he lived there. She is pregnant, due in February. She didn’t like to go to church before and that’s why they stopped going, but when they came with the member family it was different. She not only liked church, she loved it. She was so eager to go back. “It feels like a family. You all just support each other and help each other out. It feels so loving there,” she explained to us. And because she loved it so much, Gledin is stoked to learn more. They are the cutest little family and we are so excited to work with them!
WE ARE SO HAPPY.
Seriously, Hermana Finlayson and I have just hit this point in our mission where we don’t want to stop. Ever.
Because missionary work is the best. Pure joy. That’s what I feel every single day.
And every night I sit in our little Christmas corner and just count my many blessings.
I couldn’t be happier.
Love you all!