I don't even know where to begin with all the incredible things that happened this week. Lets start with the baptism this weekend, shall we?
Taylor is incredible. The week before the baptism is often full of really hard things because Satan hates us and is determined to do all he can to stop the work. So Taylor got in 3 car accidents the week before her baptism, thankfully she wasn't hurt, but still, crazy! Everything went smoothly at the baptism though! It was combined with one of the Elder's investigators and it was just beautiful, very spiritual, I am just so happy. I was thinking as I was listening to one of the speakers right before the baptism how much God loves each of us. How much He knows me, how much He knows Taylor, and the unique journey we all have, the unique challenges He gives us and how it brings us closer to Him.
|left to rightsister nielsen, me, taylor, kyle, elder hillebrant, elder christensen|
Tara is so cute, and so amazing. Her mom got baptized in February and while she's back from College Station for the summer we've been meeting with her and she's eager to learn more. She's had the same standards growing up that most people in our church have and has been asked if she's a mormon before, so she's excited to be learning what we believe and finding that it's really similar to what she already knows. In our last meeting we read Mosiah 18 together and she set a baptismal date! She'll be back at college when it gets here, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Sandra is doing great! We had the opportunity to go with her to the temple to do baptisms for her first time! She was so excited and said that it felt like her own baptism all over again, which isn't really surprising :) The temple is such a place of peace, and it's such a wonderful opportunity to go and serve those who have passes on. Sandra has a calling now with family history and she brought some names that she was able to do! It's amazing the influence our ancestors can have on us, they're closer than we know.
Christina is a girl we met about a week ago. She's dating someone who attends our ward and came last Sunday and this Sunday and we've gotten to meet with her a couple times. Her boyfriend is preparing to serve a mission and has been reading The Book of Mormon with her and talking to her a lot about what we believe. Her grandma is an active member, but her mom is less active and she didn't really grow up in the church. It's been exciting to see how eager she is to learn as well. Last night she called us and told us she wanted to be baptized. It was possibly the greatest phone call I've ever received. So we're meeting with her tonight and we're going to talk about it more :D
Charlie is one of the greatest people I've ever met, but my heart is torn in little pieces right now because of him. We've been meeting with him for a while, he was learning, reading, coming to church, happy, progressing, and now he's decided to take a break from lessons for a while because he was feeling some pressure and wants to figure things out. I care about him a whole lot and want him to be happy. It's really scary to take a step back sometimes, but we're going to leave it in God's hands and trust that He will take care of the things we cannot. We've met with him enough that I know that He has felt the truth of the Book of Mormon, he recognizes the Spirit. His character and integrity are such that I know he wants to do the right thing. Please keep him in your prayers!!
Also, on a lighter note, we got some temporary roommates last Monday! The sisters in another ward were living with a member who ended up being able to adopt a couple kids, so they had to move out suddenly and since we have been lucky enough to have a huge 2 bedroom apartment with just 2 missionaries they moved in. It's a tad bit cramped now, but also a ton of fun. It's nice to hear about what's happening in other wards and other missionaries struggles and successes. It helps us all to keep motivated.
Love you all!