This week was quite the week and I'm just excited to be able to be here working and enjoying the blessings. I'll start off with the well waited news about the baptism of Mabel- It was a success. We were there early cleaning the font and filling it up and the water that was coming out was warm so this time there were no problems with the water (hallelujah). It was funny though because it was set to start at 5:30, but when 5:30 came around Mabel and her family still hadn't arrived. I was a little nervous not knowing what was going on, but she got there with a big smile and 2 big thumbs up so I felt better :) She had sent us a text Saturday morning early saying "this is the happiest day of my life Elders." I knew she was bound to be showing up. Her son-in-law Jose Isnardi baptized her, and when they got into the water it was cold... Luckily it was just "luke cold" :).
After the baptism Mabel shared her testimony and is just looking forward to keeping strong and learning more. I know that she is going to be a great member and is going to help her daughter and son-in-law return to the temple! She wants to get sealed to her husband and the family has committed to help her do it as well. I then had the chance to confirm her member of the Church Sunday which was an experience that I enjoyed a lot.
The rest of the week we had cool experiences as well. We have been working with a less-active family and the last 2 weeks they have gone to church as a couple. They are making progress and doing great things to grow and hopefully we can help them get on the road towards the temple. Another day during the week we were walking after trying to get out with a couple members to visit but with no avail. We were trying to see what we could do to help them and while doing so we saw 2 kids playing outside of the front of a house. We went over to talk to them and their mom came out. She was extremely receptive and let us in to her one bedroom house. Diana takes care of her 4 kids by herself and has many struggles, but a lot of faith in God and the strength that He gives her. We shared a little about the Blessing that the Gospel is for the family and set up for another day to go back and keep teaching. She told us that day that she was really grateful for the little time we had. It was more than enough and what she needed to feel, she told us. The Gospel brings peace to one who looks for God and hopefully we will see progress with her in the future.
We also had a lesson with a less active and we really didn't know what to share with him. We got there and after the prayer we said something about Conversion and he asked us "what does Conversion mean?" That is a great question and now we know what to share :) It was a cool lesson seeing the needs he has deep down in and help him see that Conversion is giving up his will and way of life to put it in line with Gods. That all starts with Faith in Christ and Repentance. I love testifying about the Lords Atonement and the Redeeming Power that it has for us. He was reluctant to let go of past, but hopefully the Spirit can help him understand the scriptures and the need he has to Come unto Christ.
I know that He lives and His Atonement is Infinite and Eternal. I know that this is the Work of Salvation and so grateful to be part of it. Love you all and appreciate more than you know the prayers and support! Have a great week and enjoy the time!
Mabel on her Special Day!!