This week has been full of ups and downs. Elder Johnson came down the Strep throat so we have been battling that all this week. Even though it wasn't the most productive week, we did get a lot done. I spent most of the week with Elder Tukuafu from Tonga, making visits and appointments. He is the funniest Elder EVER! Even though I wanted to be out with Johnson, it was fun spending time with him.
Carol is making such good progress. We had a lesson with her and
Robert at one of her co-workers home that is in our ward. We taught
about the Plan of Salvation and answered a lot of Carol's questions.
And the most amazing thing is that Robert actually participated and
was active in the discussion. When I bore my testimony about the power
of His plan, I couldn't stop the tears from coming when I talked about
Grandpa Tonini and how I struggled with him passing. But the knowledge
that we have brings so much comfort. I blamed my soft side on Mom and
Dad so that everyone didn't think I was a lame missionary!
We then taught Victor's sister, Tina on Tuesday. Before I went into
the lesson, I got this impression that this was her time to get
baptized and I had to ask her to make that commitment. We taught about
the Restoration of the Church and how we can know the truth of all
things. We invited her to baptism but she was hesitant at first.
Victor then came in and bore his testimony and challenged her again to
be baptized on October 13th. The craziest thing is that October 13th
was the same date that I had in my mind for her to be baptized. This
time, she accepted it and will be working towards getting ready. She
has already read up to 14th chapter in 1 Nephi! We meet with her twice
a week so she will be ready and get into the water with Victor to have
him baptize her :).
On Wednesday, I went with Victor to have another lesson with a family
we just got as investigators. They were originally with the Spanish
elders but they want to learn in English so we got them to teach.
Again, I got the impression that they needed to be invited to be
baptized that lesson. We taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and
then invited the whole family to be baptized. Sylvia, the mother, said
that this decision will be a family decision; they won't get baptized
if only the entire family does it. We left them with the challenge to
pray as a family and read so that they can know if this is what they
need to do. We will meet with them on Wednesday so we will see how
they are doing.
Thursday, we had a General Authority come speak to us! Elder Paul B.Pieper came to see our mission. I learned so much from him. We need to
so SEEK the elect and have them come into the waters of baptism. Don't
waste your time with the others, find the elect. He also gave an idea
to have the investigators answer some of their questions by
themselves. I thought that was an awesome idea! He also said something
that seriously brought me to tears. At first, he ripped us for not
being the best missionaries we could be. He then told us that Christ
really does love us, that He Himself told him that. I have never heard
something that spiritual directed towards me. You know some of the
hardships that I have had to over come lately and I have felt very alone... That sentence gave
me such great hope and really showed me that my Savior loves me! Just
talking about it again is bringing me to tears... That experience is
something I will never forget.
Johnson was pretty sick again on Friday so we took it easy. We went
and tried to find him a bike though with Robert. We went to multiple
places looking for one in his budget. We couldn't find one so we snuck
into Sam's Club for one last ditch try to find one. We didn't find one
there but we ran into a member who had a bike he would give to him. He
told us it was a Liahona (a missionary brand bike) and so we went and
got it that night. Come to find out, it was an old Trek mountain bike!
It is super sick! He got it all fixed up so we are good to go out and
work. I love the tender mercies that Lord gives to His servants.
Saturday was the Spud Derby! It was our ward activity that all of
Robert's family went to. We took a potato, carved it, put wheels on it
and raced it down the pinewood derby track. Robert and I took it
wayyyy to seriously. There was no limit so we were using his drill and
screws and bolts, the whole nine yards! We carved it into a truck and
called it Spud Diesel. And it took first place! It was cool, I have a
video of it running the track :). Carol felt very at home with
everyone, which was sooo good. She is starting to feel the fellowship
of the ward, which will be key for her!
Sunday came and Carol showed up to church by herself! Robert is
working up in Pebble Beach so it was just her. It was the primary
program so I got to see all of my primary kids get up and speak :).
This ward seriously feels like my home ward, I have been here for so
long! We then had a good lesson in Sunday School which I taught. Carol
actually shared two experiences that she had with the Holy Ghost. She
loved it, and is super excited about Church. She is asking many
questions, which is a good thing, so that she will be ready for
baptism on the 29th.
God is such a loving God and I feel so humble to be His servant. Even
though I am not perfect, I know that He loves me and wants me to keep
working hard. When I feel discouraged about anything, I know who to
turn to. When the going gets tough, just work harder. My Father in
Heaven loves me and He loves each and every one of y'all personally. I
know that to be true because I get to feel that love that He has for
His children every day of my missionary service. I love each and every
one of y'all and miss y'all dearly. Hope to hear from you soon.