Monday, September 1, 2014

Miracles and a Baptism

We had a lot of meetings this week which mostly consisted of really cool announcements of all the amazing new changes that are coming to our mission. We're focusing more on family history in anticipation of Ipads coming, we're starting mission president firesides... its just going to be good.

So about the amazing miracles that are happening in this area.. There's this girl named Jamie who we got to meet last Saturday. She has read the entire "Book of Mormon" and the "Doctrine of Salvation" so when we met with her she probably had more logical knowledge than I did. It was interesting because she was interested in learning, but was really hesitant about making any commitments. So we had a really interesting lesson at the temple and didn't really know where else to go with it because in order for the gospel to have a lasting effect in our lives we have to have a spiritual conversion, not just a logical one... so we didn't really know what further steps to take to help her to have a spiritual conversion. She went to church at another ward the next day and then Monday we got a call from her friend who introduced her to the church who asked for a lesson with her ASAP. So we met with her Monday evening and she was very different.

She sat down with us and told us that she wanted to be baptized. She had woken up crying that morning from relief. In a nutshell she had felt the power of the Atonement in her life and felt compelled to change. She said she wanted this to be a part of her life permanently. She's going to school in London in 2 weeks, but wants to have made that commitment and have the strength that comes by doing that before she goes back to school where there's lots of temptation. It's been really cool to see her new enthusiasm for it in so short a time.

Sister Nielsen, Dillon (Christina's exboyfriend who introduced her to the church) Christina, Derek, Me

Our other amazing experience this week was when Christina got baptized!! It was such a powerful baptism. I got to do a special musical number with a few other people. We sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and I played the piano while embellishing the music from the hymn book and singing the alto part. It was pretty sweet. But the most powerful part of the baptism was listening to Christina give her testimony. She has such a powerful witness of the truth that she knows. She lifts and encourages everyone around her and she is so excited to be moving forward in the gospel. She's very involved and already planning on serving a mission. I love her so much. She has been a great example of strength and faith to me.

How are y'all feeling about the work where you are? Who do you know that could use the phenomenal blessings of the gospel? What natural/comfortable steps can you take to invite them closer to Christ?

 I'd love to hear about your missionary work and experiences too! 

Love you all!

Sister Andreason

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