Well, today marks the official first day of my last transfer as a missionary. Weird right? I don't understand what happened... Anyway, we got our call on Saturday and guess what's happening? HERMANA REED AND I ARE DYING TOGETHER!!!!! (#BirthToEarth) We are so excited! In our interviews President Baker told us that he didn't want to move either of us, but he also didn't want to white wash our area when we went home, so the solution that he came up with is that he is sending in an English sister to be in our companionship. That will be an adventure! This will be my 4th trio! That's just my life I guess, haha.
This week was one of those weeks that is just gone before you can blink. Weeks seem to just keep going faster and faster the closer I get to the end of my mission! We had some great successes and saw some miracles, though!
A few weeks ago we received a phone call, but missed it. In the message the woman introduced herself, but all we could understand was her name and that she needed the address of the church. Sometimes Spanish is really hard to understand over voice message... We thought she must have been a member visiting, so we texted her the address and figured we would meet her at church. She didn't show up at church and with all of missionary life going on we kinda forgot about it. Later last week we kept getting this weird call that we missed every time and every time there would just be a message left with an electronic voice giving the number. It was pretty weird and by the third call we were a little freaked out. The last time it called, we were listening to the message, and for some reason we decided to listen to the rest of our saved messages. That message from a few weeks ago was still on there. We decided to call her back and figure out who she was. I am so happy that we did. She is not a member and her friend, who is a bishop in Texas, has been talking to her about the church and she is super interested! It also turned out that she did come to church, but too late and so she thought there weren't Spanish services! If we hadn't have called her she would have been lost forever! She lives in Smithfield, so we gave her to the Smithfield sisters and they taught her. She loved it, committed to baptism and came to church! It was perfect because after this transfer this area is becoming English so it was good that she lived in Smithfield not Clayton. However, d to the extreme shortage in Spanish sisters, Smithfield area was closed. But! President Baker gave us permission to go down and teach her!!!!! Another miracle is that she already wanted to have her lessons on Fridays at 1:00 so we can just go over after district meetings and we don't have to make another trip down!!!! Heavenly Father really does work in mysterious ways:)
That is about the biggest excitement this week:) Oh that and we have a baptism coming up on Saturday! We're so excited! I'll give more details next week:)
Well, I hope you all have a beautifully blessed week:) Love y'all!
Hello Friends! We had another great week in the Clayton Ward! Things are going well. :) We had interviews this week with President Baker. It was weird, though, because it was my last interview before my exit interview!!! Also, this was the Baker's last round of interviews before they go home, too!
Miracle of the week: Emma got baptized! When I was in the Smithfield Ward I taught her for almost a transfer. She is this cute little ten year old that knows the gospel way better than I did when I was ten! She had a problem getting baptized though because she didn't know any men that she trusted enough to baptize her. It took a lot of work, but she was finally baptized! It was such a beautiful baptismal service, too. The spirit was so strong. I could just feel how happy Heavenly Father was, and I could hear it too through the blessing she was given when she was confirmed. I was so grateful that I was able to have a part in her coming to Christ through baptism. At times in my mission I have been so discouraged because I haven't had lots of "baptisms". That whole counting your baptisms thing has always bothered me anyway, but I really realized this weekend that the number of my investigators that I have seen baptized doesn't matter at all. Emma didn't count as "my baptism", but I am just so happy that another precious daughter of God took an enormous step towards Him, and I'm happy that I was able to play a part in that! I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be a missionary. I have never felt so much joy in my life. I know that the joy I feel is only a tiny little piece of the joy Heavenly Father feels when his children come to Him. I'm just so grateful that He lets me have a part in that!
I hope you all have a beautifully blessed week! les quiero!