|First snow fall of the year. And so it begins....|
I don't have a lot of time to write this week because there are so many crazy things happening with transfers coming up so I will just have to cram as much information in as I can in a small amount of time. So bear with me!
|Timpview represent! Elder Baird and me with our investigators as they are about the be baptized!|
Okay, so first of all, I just found out that my new companion's name is Sister Kelley. I know hardly anything about her, so it will be interesting to meet her this week. Transfers are on Wednesday so that is when she will officially become my new companion. She looks really cute though! And I feel really good about it so I am really excited. NOT excited to say goodbye to Sister Hammatt. But change is a big part of a mission is something that I have come to learn. And I am excited to see what this new transfer has in store.
Tuesday was pretty cool. In order to prepare for District meeting our DL asked us to use the proclamation to the family in our finding. We were so busy with our appointments that we hadn't really had an opportunity to do it. So we went out right before district meeting to try to find some new investigators using the Proclamation. We prayed so hard that we would be able to find someone. The first person that we talked to on the street LOVED the proclamation. She ate it right up! The thing is, it is so easy to just talk to people about their families. And this gospel blesses families! Because of it, we get to be with our families forever! So relating it back to the Restoration of the gospel is usually pretty smooth. So that was pretty successful and we found a cool new investigator out of it. So then we went to district meeting and got to talk all about families. It was really cool. Of course, it made me miss you guys a lot. But I am just so grateful that we are an eternal family. We will have plenty of time to hang out in the eternities. Then we had a district testimony meeting that was really powerful. In some ways, we are like a family too. So it was cool to hear their testimonies. They have been my favorite district on my mission so far.
Then later that night, we got to have a lesson with the girl getting baptized. We just went over a few last things before she had her baptismal interview and she PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS! It was so awesome. Afterward when we were praying with her and this is what she said in her prayer that really touched me. She said, "Thank you so much for giving me what I have been looking for my entire life." She is such a miracle and she never ceases to amaze me.
|Found a mural of people protesting in Madison, so naturally had to take a picture in front of it :)|
|Say hello to Elim!|
Wednesday was exchange day! I got to go back with Sister Brewster which was really fun! It is always fun to reminisce with old companions. We got to go work in the Madison 2 area. We worked with a lot of recent converts and less actives. It was really fun to be able to teach with her again. And it was fun to be in a car too :) But I was super excited to get back to my area to finish getting ready for our investigator's baptism. And to see Sis. Hammatt again.
|Exchanges with Sis. Brewster! Check it out- we are both in a car! haha|
Thursday was the first day of snow! And also the day that Sis Hammatt and I created our Christmas corner. We met with an investigator and taught her the Plan of Salvation. We extended a baptismal date in January. We had prayed about it and felt really good about the date that we were going to extend. But then she said no... haha. We were really scared that we maybe had scared her off. But she texted us yesterday and said that after a few days of letting it sink it, she feels good about working towards January for baptism. So that was a huge miracle. We also met with the girl who will be getting baptized on Thursday and taught her all about the temple. She loved it and is excited to be able to go do baptisms for the dead. And Sis Hammatt might even be able to take her in the 2 weeks that she has at home before she heads out on the rest of her mission.
|We went back with Shay and took a picture in front of the bus stop where we met her! ps- that is hot chocolate that she is drinking, not coffee haha|
Saturday was one of the most amazing days of my entire life. HER BAPTISM!!! Everything ran so smoothly. It was perfect. Elder Baird had a baptism that day too, so we combined them into one. How cool is that? She bore such a powerful testimony after she was baptized about how her whole life she felt like something was missing and that she knows that she has found it! It was so amazing. I know that I specifically was supposed to be here in Madison to find this person! I have seen the Lord's hand so much in my life the past transfer. I know that He knows me and loves me and is looking out for me. And I know that He knows our newly baptized member and that He knew that she was prepared to hear the gospel. That is why He placed her at the bus stop with us that day.
|We are now taking donations to help decorate our Christmas corner!!!!!!|
|Casually enjoying our Christmas corner.|
I am so grateful for this gospel and the chance that I have to share it. Thank you for your love and support! Can't wait to hear from you next week!