Monday, December 8, 2014

UNBELIEVABLE miracles this week!

Ok you guys- UNBELIEVABLE miracles this week!

So on Tuesday our investigator K, sent us a text in the morning that said something along the lines of "How long until I can get baptized?"  I KNOW, RIGHT???  Sister Kelley and I were freaking out.  A week or two before Thanksgiving Sister Hammatt and I were teaching her and we invited her to be baptized on January 10.  A date that soon absolutely scared her half to death.  And then we weren't really able to meet with her because of all of the craziness with Thanksgiving.  We thought that we had screwed everything up and that she didn't want to be meeting with us anymore.  So when we got this text, we were super excited but also super confused. So she went on to tell us that she was really thinking and praying about it a lot.  She was thinking a lot about a lesson that we had had with her on Faith and how faith is the opposite of fear.  She ultimately decided that her faith was being overshadowed by fear.  Putting all fear aside, she sincerely prayed to know if this is what she should do.  And she received an answer to her prayer!  She has decided that she wants to get baptized this Saturday!!  So basically this week was spent frantically running around and trying to get everything ready and make sure that we have taught her everything before then.  
You guys, this is seriously the biggest miracle.  Our mission has been working so hard and praying so hard to meet our goal of 300 baptisms this year.  This is literally a miracle that the Lord has blessed us with.  Saturday is going to be such a great experience.  We are so excited!  She is so amazing and her testimony is so strong.  After we got this text, it was time to head to district meeting.  We talked about our experiences with finding and what has been working and what hasn't been.  We talked about having the faith to find.  Sister Kelley and I have been doing a lot of finding lately so it was nice to have a district meeting to help us with that.  Later that night, we were at the bus station and we had about 10 minutes until our bus came.  So Sister Kelley and I said a prayer and then walked up and down the bus station trying to find the one person that we felt that we should talk to before our bus came.  We both felt distinctly impressed to talk to this one woman sitting alone on a bench.  So we approached her and when we got there and tried to start talking to her, discovered that she didn't speak any English.  At first I was a little disappointed because we had both felt impressed that we should talk to her.  So we did our best with the limited Spanish that we both knew to try to talk to her.  It ended up going very well actually!  We testified of Jesus Christ and invited her to our Ward Christmas party and ended up getting her information.  I have no idea how on earth that happened since I don't know any Spanish.  But we gave her information to the Spanish Elders in our ward and she is now a new investigator for them!  We were totally supposed to talk to her that night.  Even though we weren't able to talk to her very much, the Lord allowed us to talk to her enough.  So that was a pretty cool miracle that happened.

On Wednesday we had to rearrange most of our plans to make sure that we had time for K.  We need to be meeting with her just about everyday to make sure that she is taught everything by Saturday.  So we were able to show her the baptismal font and teach her about baptism and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She really likes the concept of repentance, except she hates the word "repentance."  That word does kind of have a negative connotation to it.  So instead of using the word repentance, we use the word "change."  Ultimately, that is what repentance is.  It is changing to become more like our Savior.  So that was a pretty cool lesson that we had. 

Thursday we had a really cool lesson with our new investigator.  He is the one that we met on the bus that showed up to church last week!  We taught him the Restoration and when we invited him to be baptized, he said that he really wants to be able to get to that point.  So that was really exciting.  We are excited to get to start working with him some more.  We also had another lesson with...  You guessed it!  The girl who is getting baptized!  We taught her about both the Word of Wisdom and Tithing.  She has already been living these commandments and she said that she has been able to tell a difference.  It is really cool to see people when they just start living the commandments and they start to see differences in their lives because of it.  Just another testament to me that the Lord will bless us to "prosper in the land" when we keep the commandments.  We also were able to have a lesson with Rachel about the Book of Mormon.  Rachel is still doing so well and her testimony is growing every day :)

Friday was pretty simple.  Volunteered at the local food pantry and then had a lesson with K.  We taught her pretty much the rest of the commandments.

Saturday was St. Nick's Day!  I had never heard of it before, but people celebrate it here in Wisconsin.  Apparently December 6 is St. Nick's Day.  I don't know the reasoning or meaning behind it, but pretty much it means that you get a present from Santa on December 6.  Sister Hammatt sent me a St. Nick's Day package to open.  So that was really sweet of her. 
By the way, she e-mailed me today and all is going well back at the MTC!  :)  Saturday was also our Ward Christmas party  It ended up being a huge success!  We had a couple of different people that we met on the bus show up which was super cool.  And our investigator came.

Sunday was K's baptismal interview and she passed with flying colors!  We got to have dinner at the Senior's house with all 8 of the missionaries in the ward and then stayed after to watch the Christmas devotional.  I LOVED the devotional.  How cool that we get to start off the Christmas season with that.  I loved that Sister Oscarson talked about how Christmas spirit is really just Christlike love.  That is why everyone is so happy at this time of year.
Us and the Allred's with their brand new baby.

I hope that you have all enjoyed starting to read the Book of Mormon.  Man, that's a good book.  I think my favorite thing from the reading this week was in 1 Nephi chapter 6.  I think it is verse 6 where Nephi talks about how there isn't anything on the plates that isn't of great worth.  That means that every little thing that we read in the Book of Mormon was put there for a reason and it is of great worth to us.  Book of Mormon reading should not be taken lightly! 

So overall, pretty crazy but awesome week.  We are going to be having a baptism this Saturday!!!  Please keep our investigators in your prayers.  Anyways, running out of time but I love you all!  Have a great week!

Sister King

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