I don’t know where to begin! so much to share from this past week. WE ARE SO BLESSED.
So we’ve been wanting to set a baptismal date with Marta, right? so the whole week Cole and I were praying and pondering about a date that would be could for her, we were thinking the second week of april or something…so we stopped by to see her on tuesday to confirm about our lesson that weekend and her uncle randomly says to her “so marta, when are you going to get baptized?” and Marta goes “well Jason (her cousin) leaves for his mission on April 13th right..? so before then!” sooooooooo yeah. Hermana Cole and I were jaw-dropped and speechless. So saturday during our lesson we taught the gospel of jesus christ and committed her to baptism. March 26th!! She’s so incredible. In that lesson we asked her why she wanted to be baptized. She told us that the thought of starting her life over again was all she wanted..AND, the best part…She told us that she called her parents (who live in Mexico City) to tell them that she’s decided to be baptized aaaaand apparently her parents now want to take the missionary discussions and start going to church. I think above all the excitement of her wanting to be baptized, that part hit me the most. Through meeting one prepared person..through planting a seed in just one person, now others in an entirely different country are partaking of the same blessing of the gospel. It doesnt get better than this!! Im so grateful for the mercy and love of my Heavenly Father. Marta and her story is a testament to me that the Lord truly does prepare his children. It makes me think of one of my favorite scriptures..i share it a lot at dinner appointments with members. Alma 16:16-17
16 And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming—
17 That they might not be hardened against the word, thatthey might not be unbelieving, and go on to destruction, but that they might receive the word with joy, and as a branch be grafted into the true vine, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
yep. thats Marta. Her mind and heart was prepared to receive the word..and she received it with joy. Sharing the gospel doesn’t sound too hard when we learn of that promise that the Lord has given us.
The week was full of lots of other little miracles… We are trying to visit all the branch members, just to gain trust in the branch. So every day we pick a couple names off of the directory. The other day we went and saw la familia Silva. We recognized the husband from church, but had never seen the wife before. We had a really good little talk about the power of the atonement and set up a time/day to have a fhe with them this week. Then yesterday at church the relief society pres came up to us and said “hermanas, i heard that you went and saw Hermana Silva. she’s been less active for quite awhile. I work with her and the other day she came up to me and told me that you sisters visited her. she told me that its been years since missionaries have come to see her and that that meant the world to her.” Things like that are the sweetest lil tender mercies.
Im so grateful for my mission. Im grateful for the happiness that i can feel everyday through the gospel of jesus christ and through sharing it. it’s the best! you’re all the best! love you all and hope its a great week for everybody.
pics 1,2 & 3: a lot of the time people dont want to talk to us so we resort to animals.