Monday, October 1, 2012

Oh, It's Only 95 Degrees Today! 10/01/2012

Dear Family,

Hello!  It's October!  That's so weird!  Time is going so fast.  AND it's still.  STILL in the hundreds.  Doesn't Fontana know that it should be cooling down now??  Oh well.  Missionary work still happens.  :)

So last week we had sisters exchanges as I mentioned.  I got to go to the Tongan ward back up in the desert.  That was so fun!  Sister Kaufusi goes home this transfer, so I was glad to be with her this last time.  It would be way fun to serve in a Tongan ward. 

Anyway, while I was up there, Sister Mills stayed here with Sister Dodge.  Sister Dodge served in this area for seven and a half months, so there were some people she wanted to see.  Glad she did because they were able to find a couple new people to teach!  One is a less active member named Cindy and her husband is not a member.  We'll be meeting with her tomorrow, and I'm excited to meet her.  They also went to see how a girl named Ivette was doing.  Sister Dodge had only taught her a couple times before she got really busy. Ivette is 16, but is very interested in learning more.  She really wants to make sure she knows she's doing things the right way.  We read 2 Nephi 31 with her and she really liked it.  We did invite her to be baptized, but she said she wants to know if it's right for her first.  I love it when people say that because that's exactly what they need to do!  Find out for themselves!  We talked a lot about how we need to be sincere and that if we are, God will answer our prayers and help us to learn the truth. 

We also taught a man named Freddy.  He was raised baptist, and I think he is still an active baptist, not really sure.  He has a very open mind though.  He said you have to have an open mind to know what God is trying to tell you.  We also invited him to be baptized, but he said he was already baptized.  We taught him the Doctrine of Christ (again, 2 Nephi 31) and said that next time we would talk about the restoration of God's authority.  Hopefully he'll understand that and know that this is Christ's church. 

We saw the Carrillos again.  We were able to set up another baptism date for Chris.  Oct. 20.  I think this time it is going to really work.  Brother Carrillo said he would make sure to get work off that night.  They also said that the other times missionaries came to teach Chris, they felt like for some reason it wasn't the right time for him, but since we've started teaching him, they know it's time, and they are ready to come back to church and be fully active.  Chris' baptism is going to be really special, I think.  He has 3 older brothers.  They're really nice, but they're inactive.  So Chris thought he could be baptized and not go to church.  We've been talking to him a lot about Nephi and that even though he was the younger, he was a great example for all of his older brothers.  So we told him to be like Nephi and he seemed pretty excited about that.  And now that they're coming to church more regularly (four out of five weeks!  Yey!)  I think he's starting to enjoy it more.  But his older brothers want to be at his baptism and so hopefully they'll be touched by the spirit of what Chris is doing and want to go back to church.  I really love this family.  They are so special.

Anwyay, those are the highlights from this week.  We had lots of lessons!  I love being able to teach people about the gospel. 

I hope you all have a great week and are enjoying the cooler temperatures that I don't remember ever experiencing.  haha  Hopefully this heat will only last a couple more weeks.  I never thought I would be saying 'Oh, it's only 95 degrees today!  It feels so good outside!' 

Love you all!  BYE!
-Sister Stacey

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