Hello Everybody! Yet another amazing, exhausting, fun filled week in the mission field.
Denise, Romeo, Katie, Kendra, and Clayton were all baptized on Saturday! What an amazing and beautiful day that was. Katie, Kendra, and Clayton's great grandpa was able to come in to town from Salt Lake in order to baptize all three of them. It was a special thing for their family and definitely good for them to do that together. Romeo is a changed kid. We were really worried at the beginning of last week that he really wouldn't be ready for baptism in only one week, but seeing him now, he is so loving and such a good example to everyone around him. We went over to their house on Saturday night for Denise's daughters 3rd birthday. A lot of Denise's family was there and they are all non members. Denise started talking about her baptism and how good she felt and told her Aunt that she should think about being baptized. Denise started talking about how much it has helped their family and Romeo raced over to the living room saying, "I'll say a prayer for an example!!!" It was the most beautiful and heartfelt prayer I had ever heard a 9 year old say. "Thank you for letting me and my mom get baptized today. It is an honor that the sisters are here in our home. I am grateful to be a member of the church..." I could not believe it. This weekend really made me think about how baptisms are so much more than just baptisms. I think about the future and how many more opportunities await these people because they were baptized. I think about the missions these kids could go on, the temple marriages that will come from it, eternal covenants that will bring them so much happiness for the rest of their life, and it is so amazing! It is amazing seeing these people make changes in their lives, just so they can receive all of these blessings. That is why I love being out here. There is no way someone would stop smoking, give up everything, just to be apart of some church if it wasn't the true church of Jesus Christ restored back on the earth today. Denise and her husband (who is a member) are looking forward to next October when they can be sealed as an eternal family in the temple. We gave her a picture of the Sacramento temple on Friday and she just says, "Sisters, this is my goal." The baptisms were great, but the confirmations were even BETTER!! Brother Myers did all five of them. He was nervous at first, but WOWZA, they were the most beautiful and unique blessings for each of them. I was crying through each and every one of them. The spirit was so strong and they were given so much council and guidance for their lives. Katie's blessing was the most amazing blessing in the world and she WILL be a missionary one day, i just know it. So much happiness in one weekend!! I love it!Sister MacDonald and I were asked to speak in Zone Meeting this past Thursday. We were asked to share our thoughts on 'How to Be a Successful Missionary'. We came up with three things that we have seen help us, Faith, Desire, and Action. You have to have the desire to do great things, develop your faith, and act on the promptings you receive. Desire, Faith, and Action lead to miracles and developing 'spiritual eyes', so that you can see any opportunity that may come your way. It was awesome to be able to prepare and teach in zone meeting. I love getting up there in front of people to speak because I always learn so much by preparing and studying to do so. (if that makes sense) They always say the teacher learns more than the students.