Monday, November 19, 2012

Baptisms and First Lessons 11/19/2012

Dear Family,

Hello everyone!  I'm sure you all noticed that I did not email last week.  There is an explanation.  You see, libraries were closed on Monday and plus also it was sisters exchanges again.  There was no time!  And we were man busy the rest of the week. :(  So now you get an update on two weeks.  Lots of stuff happened, but I shall not bore you with all of it.  Just the good parts.

And I also forgot my planner, which my life revolves around if I want to remember anything, so you may not get as much as I thought.

People who will hopefully be getting baptized:
Lupe:  We found out last week that there is something that may or may not prevent her from being baptized on the first, which made her way sad!  She started crying and we talked to Manny about it for a while.  We'll find out on Wednesday whether or not she will be able to be baptized on Dec. 1.  She is so prepared and really wants this.  She knows it's important for her to be ready for this and she understands that it is a commitment we make with the Lord.  She is definitely ready.  We're praying so hard that she'll be able to be baptized on the first!

Owens children:  We've got their last couple of lessons this week!  They'll be getting baptized on Saturday.  They learn way fast and they seem to have had fun.  We've been trying to get the family a little more involved, since this is something that could definitely benefit all of them, but they are usually busy doing something else every time we go to have a lesson.  We told them tonight's would be more of a family home evening, so hopefully they'll all be there.

Veronica:  I don't remember if I mentioned that we set a baptism date with her, mostly because I don't remember what week that happened.  Either way we set a date with her!   She was so excited we asked her and she started crying a little.  And now we can't get in touch with her.  We had an appointment set up with her last week, but she called us an hour before and left a message saying that she needed to reschedule because she was having a hard day.  And then she wasn't at church yesterday either. :(  We're persistent though, and we won't get up!  We'll get in touch with her one of these days. 

Esai:  Okay I know you don't know about him.  After we were done emailing last week, as we were leaving the library he stopped us to ask a question because he thought we worked there.  Then when he found out that we were missionaries he got really excited and said that he talked with a couple elders once and liked the things they talked about.  So we shared the restoration with him and he really felt the spirit!  We set up a time to go and teach him more and invited him in that first lesson to be baptized.  He really wants to!  Or I guess I should say wanted to.  Oh man.  Last week we taught him the restoration more thoroughly and he didn't like the quorum of the 12 or the first presidency because they look like republicans (what?)  So we told him to watch the prophet on and stuff.  He enjoyed it, but is still unsure about there being a prophet on the earth today.  Yesterday at church he came to give us back the Book of Mormon we gave him, but we told him to keep it.  And he kept looking in the sacrament meeting room like he wanted to go in, so we invited him to stay.  He stayed for all three hours.  And really felt the spirit again.  He still wants to learn and we think he believes it's true. We're not sure what the real concern is.  Hopefully we'll find out soon.  It's been an adventure.

We also had lots of first lessons with people and got a few new investigators, so we're excited to see what happens with them over the next couple weeks.  I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!  This month has gone by crazy fast.  It's been so good though!  We've been working way hard and finding lots of people.  Missionary work can be so much fun.  Especially as you just lose yourself in the work.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week!  Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving! 

-Sister Stacey

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