This week has literally been SO GOOD! HAPPY EASTER!!! I hope that it was wonderful and joyous for all of you! Hopefully you have all seen the video on lds.org "Because of Him". We showed that to all of our investigators this past week. I love it so much because we literally wouldn't be here without Him. I love this easter season as we get to reflect on the Savior and all He has done for us.
Well... First off, I love my companion, Sister M*. She is just the best. We work together so well and she is just so nice and sweet and loves taking pictures! Like Me!
For real though. We had a miracle happen. This week P*, who is an investigator who lives with a member family, was planning on getting baptized. The past couple weeks he had been working really hard on quitting smoking. Which he has been steadily doing for 23 years now. He knew that he had to be completely clean before his baptism. He smoked his last cigarette last sunday and The whole week we were talking with him and making sure he didn't smoke. Through much prayer and counsel with the Bishop, he was able to get baptized on saturday! It was the neatest experience as he went into the waters of baptism and covenanted to follow God the rest of his life. The spirit was so strong in that room as he bore testimony after the baptism how grateful he was for finally making this step in his life. He had been living with members for 20+ years now and finally came to the knowledge that this is what God wants for him in his life. I love this Gospel so much and I know that this would not have happened without the help of the Lord.
~We are still working with the 9 year old girl, L*, who is getting baptized next Saturday! She is super sweet and has a countdown for her baptism. And to think we found her because her less active mom decided to go back to church! So now we have a list of "overage youth" that we are going by to try and talk to them and help their parents.
~We also are working with this girl, K*, whose boyfriend is a member. It was cool, we told her to pray about joseph smith and the church and then explained the Holy Ghost and asked her to pay attention to how she felt afterwards. We came back the next day and she told us she wrote down that she felt "peace, comfort, and security".
~We also got this super LEGIT referral from the mission office. His name is L* and his wife, D* and their 2 kids. When we went by, only L was home so we talked for a little bit. It Turns out that where he works, the head doctors are LDS and talk to him about the gospel all the time. He said that he is finally ready to make a change in his life and wants what his co-workers have. We met with him and told him about the Holy Ghost and he was like "Oh so that's what it is called, I can totally feel that right now with you sisters here, now I know what it feels like! Thanks!" My testimony of the Holy Ghost grew so much this week as we had those 2 experiences with K and L. I know that the Holy Ghost is the true teacher.
On Friday we got to go host and then watch the Easter Pageant in Mesa! It was so cool! We met a lot of sweet people from all over. Including my cousin, Matt Henrikson! As well as L R from the Scottsdale Arizona Mission! The best was this family that came because their friends that are members invited them. we talked with them and now they are interested in having missionaries come teach them! It is amazing the power that members have when they just invite! The worst thing that can happen is they say no... big deal! No one is going to change unless they are invited to do so! I have a testimony of that. And of this gospel! I love being a missionary! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Feel free to send some rain my way! please!