The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gained an incredible member last week! L. was finally baptized!!! It took a lot of work, but she made it! She picked the hymn, “The Happy Day at Last Has Come.” We thought that was very appropriate. That amazing woman has had to deal with some crazy opposition! She has so much faith though, and she always makes it through. Even just the day before she was baptized she had so much stuff come up! Friday morning we got a text that said she was in the emergency room! We couldn’t even believe it: after everything, and all the times we had already pushed back her date. Through lots of faith and prayers, everything worked out and she made it out alive and on-time for her baptism! I have heard that the week heading up to baptisms are crazy, but now I know that that is 100% true! L. made it through! She really is just so amazing. Her testimony is so strong! After the baptism we were talking to her and she said that the only regret that she has is that she didn’t find the gospel earlier when she was raising her kids. I can’t wait for her to go to the temple! She already got her recommend on Sunday, and she is going to go on the ward temple trip at the end of the month. I just wish I could go with her! I know that she will get so much out of just doing baptisms for the dead.
Other than that, this week was pretty normal. Well, except that almost all of our appointments cancelled. That’s alright, we talked to lots of people! President Baker has set a new key indicator called Inviting Others. So, basically any commitment that we make to non-members outside of lessons. He wants us to get 100 “IOs” a week. Well, me and Sis. Hansen struggle with this one… I won’t even say how far off we are… However, because of our appointments being cancelled and the weather being so nice, we got to talk to lots of people this week! Still not even closer to 100, but we’re getting there! When you are a missionary literally every single day is a new adventure. You never know how your day is going to go. We plan every night and set goals and sometimes I have no idea why… However, setting daily goals is a really great thing. Sometimes Sis. Hansen will say, “I think we should set a goal for 3 referrals.” And, I say, “Okay, but I don’t see where in our day we are going to get those.” And then we act in faith and things come up and we reach the crazy random goal that didn’t seem possible at the time. Inspiration/revelation is so great! :)
Inspirational quote of the week: “We are not commanded to be successful in all things, only faithful.” –Mother Theresa
Love you all! Have a blessed week!
PS – If any of you are ever in Priesthood Executive Meeting - Never let it slip that you don’t like bacon. Suddenly no one likes you, and the whole ward knows by the end of church…
Editor's note: This week's blog was delayed because it was sent snail mail. Also, never tell men that you don't like bacon!
|Here are all the Hermanas in the mission at the sisters training meeting|
|L's baptism! Bro. Holladay (ward mission leader), L., Sis. Hansen & Me|