Hello everyone! :)
Well it was definitely a week full of miracles! I went on exchanges this week with sister Minert in Costa Mesa which was a lot of fun. This week I am going to La Habra and I think it might be my first english exchange. I am looking forward to that. We had zone conference on Wednesday which was great. It is an amazing experience every time we get to hear from President and sister Bowen. I have learned so much from them. The assistants to the president did some training and there were a couple of missionaries that spoke as well. I definitely learned a lot.
So __________ was planning on getting baptized this Sunday but her boss said she had to come into work after church. We met with her this week and she was talking about maybe doing her baptism next month when she knows for sure that she would have work off every Sunday. She has talked with the bishop to have him write a letter to her boss and explain that she is investigating the church and wants to have Sundays off so that she can live the sabbath day. She has also been looking for a new job and doing everything she can because she knows that it's important. She is such an example and has so much faith!
In one of the lessons that we had this week she was trying to decide when to do her baptism. She was talking through it and we were just listening. She paused for five or ten seconds and said "Ok God just told me something. I am supposed to get baptized this week and be at church next week too." Then she said, "I wanted to wait until next month but God wants me to do it now. I am going to do what God wants, not what I want." She is amazing and so in tune with the spirit! We are so blessed to have this opportunity to teach her. I think she teaches us more than we ever could her. She has her baptism interview with president tonight and she is getting baptized tomorrow night at 6. I have never met anyone who was so excited and so ready for their baptism.
___________ has really been trying to get her daughter ___________ to listen to us but she is so shy and never wants to come out when we are there. One day this week when we had a lesson with _________, we knocked on her door right as ___________'s friend walked up. We started talking to her and invited her to sit in on the lesson with us and have _________ come too. They both came and sat down and it was a very powerful lesson. This was the first time that she really opened up. At the end we were talking to her mom about her baptism and she looked to her friend and said, "I want to get baptized but I'm scared." My companion heard her and asked why she was scared. We talked all about baptism with her and once she understood it she felt a lot better. She wants to come to her moms baptism now. She also was nervous to come to church but she came on Sunday and loved it. The youth were so helpful and so nice to her. We are excited to work with her more.
We are also teaching a lady named _________. She is a friend of one of the members in our ward. She came to church with her daughter on Sunday and loved it. She is also coming to _______'s baptism tomorrow. She has a lot of really good questions and seems pretty interested so we are excited to work with her more. Hopefully we can start teaching her boyfriend too and get them married soon. A couple of the less active families we are teaching have came to church these last couple of weeks. The ward is kinda small, but with 10 missionaries it is growing fast. I am so happy to be in this ward! The members are the amazing and are really helping us out! I can't wait to introduce you all to them when we come back and visit. :)
I love this work, the area and ward. I know that this is where I am supposed to be. I see miracles every single day. I am so happy and I know it is because it is Heavenly Father's work and there is nothing more amazing than seeing people accept the gospel in their lives. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and I love him so much. The church is so true and I know it! I am so grateful for this knowledge. Mom and dad I am so grateful for your examples and that you raised me in the church, it is the best thing you could have ever done for me. I look up to you both so much! Thank you! :) Have a great week!