Monday, September 24, 2012

It Is HOT! 9/17/2012

Dear Family,

Hello!  I'm glad to hear there are parts of the world that are not so hot and are actually beginning to cool down.  My calendar said that the first day of Autumn is Sept 22, and I think it may be referring to the whole world BESIDES San Bernardino county.  It is HOT.  It's still in the hundreds all the time.  It's still up in the high 80s low 90s at night.  I'm ready for cooler weather.  This has been non-stop for weeks now. 

Well this week we'll have another baptism!  Chris and his family finally came to sacrament meeting three times, so he can get baptized.  But that's not really the exciting part of it all.  Since we've been teaching the Carrillo's in a member's home, they've really truly changed.  They are more excited about coming to church and doing everything they can to be there every sunday.  They've been paying their tithing.  You can see more light in their lives.  And Chris, even though he is nine, is very excited to be baptized and I think he's gotten more excited about the gospel.  So I don't think they'll stop coming even after the baptism.  It's made such a difference in their lives trying to teach all of them and teaching them in a members home.  It's been really cool to see. 

We also had a lesson with Dan and Anna.  We taught them the Restoration and I think they liked it a lot.  It was a very spirit filled lesson.  Dan was not raised in any religion, although he does believe in God.  He wants to do what's right and to find the right fit for him.  I think he really felt the spirit during the lesson and is willing to listen and to follow Jesus Christ.  We asked him if he wanted to be baptized, but he said he'd like to learn a little more first.  They are trying hard to find a job, without much success I think.  Because of that they've been really busy.  They didn't come to church yesterday :( and now we're having a hard time getting ahold of them.  But that's okay.  We've still got their phone number and we know where they live.  Missionaries are really good stalkers. :) haha  But seriously, they're a really great couple and I think they're very open to the spirit and the message. 

We also had a lesson with an older woman named Jackie.  She lost her husband a few years ago, and she loved him a lot.  We watched Together Forever with her and she was very touched by the message.  She would like to be sealed with her husband for eternity and is interested in learning from us how she can do that.  She's 87 and was baptized a baptist, and I don't think she understands that she can get baptized again.  She said that she wishes she would have joined the mormon faith years ago, but can't now.  I don't really understand that, but we'll teach her and help her to understand that she can and she can have the work done for her husband as well.  She said she felt more hope listening to that message than she's felt in a long time. We're excited to be able to meet with her again. 

Angela has been having a hard time lately.  Lots of bad news and health problems have been coming up recently.  She said she hasn't been reading as much and you could tell that she was starting to feel hopeless and not feel the spirit as much.  So we told her to read it every day and that it would help her.  She's gotten back into the habit and been a lot happier.  Reading the scriptures really does bring peace and joy, because you feel the spirit.  I've come to truly love studying the scriptures and look forward to learning all that I can from them throughout my whole life. 

We had a car swap.  We had to give away our Carolla and switch it for a Malibu.  I'm SO THANKFUL to have a car, but I do wish we could have our car back.  Malibus are problem children.

Anyway, those are the main events of last week.  We're way excited for Chris's baptism this saturday.  I hope all of you have a great week!  Enjoy not being super hot!  Study your scriptures whenever you can!

Love, Sister Stacey

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