Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I Love the Temple 9/05/2012

Dear Family,
Hello everyone!  Well I just got back from the temple.  I love the temple.  The spirit is so strong there and the stress of any situation disappears during the time you are in the temple.  I am excited to be able to attend more often one day. 
This week was awesome!  We got a new investigator named Ruby.  She's baptist and was baptized three times.  She is super open to our message and learning, so we invited her to be baptized.  Her response was 'I would love to, but I've already been baptized three times and I feel like the Lord understands my reasons for being baptized and accepts it'.  Hmmm.  We're teaching her about the resoration next and we think the thing to focus on is definitely the resoration of the priesthood.  I think if she understands that, she'll want to be baptized again.  She studies the bible a lot and had a question about Melchizedek for years that no one was able to answer until we came.  We'll see what happens when we teach her again.
Saturday was so awesome!  Angela's baptism was so great.  The spirit was present and so strong.  Angela really understands this decision she's made and humbly and willingly followed the example of Jesus Christ.  Her mom and dad were there as well as her grandma, all non-members.  They were so supportive of her decision and were so thankful for how we were able to help Angela (I don't really feel like we did very much, but oh well :) )  Angela had a hard life and had been a heavy smoker for 26 years.  She put her faith in the Lord and overcame her weaknesses.  She truly has a new light in her life and it's so good to see how excited she is about the gospel.  I remember how heavy her countenance looked when we first met her, and now she shines so brightly.  It was a wonderful batpism. :)
Chris (the nine year old) is still doing great.  His family FINALLY came to church this last week.  We had the lesson over at their house this week instead of the member's house and it was good to just talk to them and see where they're at.  They really want to start coming back to church and have been trying so hard to work things out in their lives so that they can attend every sunday.  There is a definite change in this family since we first started meeting with them.  Chris is getting excited for his baptism.  We had to move it towards the end of the month, but that's okay. 
Anyway, things are great here.  We're still keeping very busy.  Some of our investigators have been going through a slump lately, which is unfortunate.  Not as open as they were before.  We're trying really hard to find out their concerns and help them overcome them.  Also, we've been getting lots of referrals lately, but every single one has had wrong information, or not all the information.  Either a wrong phone number, or they live in an apartment and left out what number they live in, or the address doesn't exist...good times. 
Transfer calls are happening this Saturday.  It will be interesting to see if they split the ward again.  We're having a lot of missionaries coming out soon, so eventually they will.  I have mixed feelings about it.  It would be nice to be able to focus on one side of the area, but at the same time, I don't want to lose anyone that we've been teaching.  So I'll let you know what happens with that. 
Have a great week, everyone!  Summer is almost over! (I'm WAY ready for cooler temperatures)
-Sister Stacey

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