Marthas baptism! (I was spelling her name wrong before)
such an amazing week. Thanks for all the prayers and support. Thanks to all those prayers everything went perfectly with Martha’s baptism on Saturday. There was so much support from the branch, lots of nonmember family members, and the spirit was undeniable.
Right after the ordinance, Martha sat back down and just started to cry…then for the closing song we sang Las Familias Son Eternas. (families can be together forever) i think thats my favorite hymn in spanish. It gets me every time. As we sang that song the room was filllllllllled with so much love. Martha came up to us after the ordinance and thanked us for “changing her life.” Her grandma, (who is not a member) was there and she was crying the whole time. After the service she told us how much peace and happiness she felt. We were able to teach her briefly about the Spirit and how it works…that those feelings she was feeling were of God, and he was telling her that the things she witnessed were true and real. Yesterday Martha was confirmed in sacrament meeting. She was glowing! The blessings of the gospel and the change it makes within you are so dang undeniable.
The week was full of lots of other little tender mercies. We went on exchanges for the day and i got to be with the amazing Hermana Leon. She’s from Venezuela and she’s the best. That day was full of miracles! sooo again, remember Nick? so we had met his mom a couple times..but had only talked briefly. she doesnt speak very good english so we had talked about getting her involved with english classes. Anyway! her name is Ernestina, and that day i randomly felt sooo strong that we needed to go visit her. So we did and it was amaaaazing. We chatted for quite a bit and then we asked if we could share a message with her from the book of mormon. right when we said that she goes “oh yes hold on! let me go get my book!” apparently she already has a book of mormon….? She loved the scripture that we shared and went on to express how all she wants to do is follow Christ more faithfully. We promised her that by continuing to meet with us and read from the book of mormon, she would do just that. Sooo she basically like set up her own return appointment and sounded thrilled about it. so lesson learned: follow promptings of the spirit.
THE BEST place ever. venezualan restaurant with the sistas
THEN! yesterday night we met la familia Ortega. We had stopped by a couple times before but hadnt had any luck. But last night we got to talk to the dad, Benjamin. He started off with the typical “we’re catholic…we arent changing…but we respect all faiths because its the same God, right?” and all that good stuff that ive hear 24039372 times. But then he started talking about how he works with members of the church and boom. all these questions just started spitting out. “why dont you guys drink coffee?” “im really scared to die….what do you guys believe about after life?” “wait so why do you guys refer to yourselves as LDS…what does Latter-day saints mean?” GOLDEN questions. it was so cool. He has a 5 year old little boy and he just talked and talked about how much he just wants the best for him. It made me realize that those around us have sooooo many questions theyre dying to have answered! and we got the answers. we’re so blessed. we’ve just gotta open up our mouths and share it all.
LOVE YA ALL
saying bye to the best ward mission leader ever. He’s moving to Utah
Jesus, ward mission leader
this man from Paraguay made us the coooooolest scripture cases!
with the Castro family at the activity
cutest little girl, Olivia