Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Siempre Corriendo

Laura our Investigator was Baptized this Week.  Here we are with my companion and President Stay's wife
President and Sister Stay with Laura
Sister Stay with Laura - Our investigator who was Baptized
Family Home Evening with President and Sister Stay and Laura

Well, hello! Yes it is Monday and I am writing even though I said I wouldn't be able to until Thursday. Plans changed, but I still am going to the Temple this week. How exciting right? Last p-day, we met with Carlos and another member. It is good to always have members be part of the lessons because they really help a lot. Carlos was planning his baptism and didn't want to be a burden to others. The member was there to explain how having a new member become baptized isn't a burden but a blessing. Later, Carlos asked him if he would be the one to perform the baptism.

This week, we have been running around like crazy trying to get everything done that we needed to and we still didn't have time to finish everything.  The good thing is that we are working really hard and not just resting in the house as opposed to last week. My companion is still a little sick, but we went out and worked all week. If she couldn't, I called up the members and went out with them. I know that this branch will be a ward by the end of the year. I am so happy to see the progress here. The members are becoming more involved and there are miracles taking place all around us. 

I love meeting with all of our investigators because they always surprise me with all they have done and the desire they have to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. Fernanda is reading anything she can by the Church and has made a lot of great friends in the Young Women's group. She is basically part of the ward. Last week when she came to chruch she worked really hard to get there. In the morning her mom told her she couldn't go to church until she finished a big list of things. She worked hard and got the money for the bus to go. When we work hard for the right things, we will recieve so many blessings. 

On Wednesday I had divisions with a member in the branch. She is new in the branch but amazing. We went and visited some of her friends who are in the circus that is in town right now. It was a great time and one of the people in the circus was even baptized in the branch over 18 years ago. He wants to come back to church while the circus is here.  I can help them do that. What a blessing!

To end the night, we had an FHE (Family Home Evening) in the Branch President's house with Hna. Laura.  It was about prophets and their importance. I am grateful that we have a prophet to lead and guide us in this day. He really does communicate with our Heavenly Father and knows what things we need to be doing here on earth to prepare and be better. 

Thursday, Carlos had his baptismal interview and during the baptismal service, he told us that he wants to serve a mission. That made me so happy. He is truly converted. 

Friday was a day of service meeting with some old investigators cooking, making tortillas and cleaning. Then I taught some English in the church. I love to serve.

Saturday was the craziest day of all. We kept running to and from the church. Our investigator had an interview with President Stay. It was nice to see him. She was able to get baptized and wanted to that day. We made all the plans. The church was super dirty so we cleaned it all on the inside and out in the front. Finally we had our two baptisms, which were amazing. Carlos' parents were able to come which was a great blessing. I hope that soon we will be able to teach them as well.

On Sunday, both Laura and Carlos were confirmed. It was a great day and I hope to have many more like it. Being a missionary, I am always running.  At night, I am so tired it is hard to stay awake until 10:30 or write in my journal, but I would not want to be anywhere else right now. I love serving and I love seeing people enter into covenants with our Heavely Father. Have a great week everyone! Thank you for your love and support. I will write again next week!

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