Wow...where do I begin to describe this week? It was absolutely INCREDIBLE! This week we had the opportunity to continue teaching Michael and Jose. They are both progressing really well, and Michael is still on the go to be baptized this Saturday! The bishop announced it in church and people are fellowshipping him pretty well.
We had the chance to talk with Jose about the Word of Wisdom this week, and afterwards he said that he knew it was going to be hard but that he's "ready to take it on"! We ate dinner with members with him a few times this week and he's progressing really well. He keeps on asking us such good questions, and the better part is that when we answer them, he's satisfied, and his faith and knowledge increases. It is so cool to see him progress further and further in the Gospel and towards the waters of baptism.
Yet again, another miracle has transpired this week. We were going tracting this week, and we knocked on a door (...DUH.) Anyways, a Native American guy answered the door. After we introduced ourselves and explained our purpose, he surprisingly let us in. We taught him and his wife the Restoration, gave them a Book of Mormon, and committed them to be baptized next month! They said yes! It was really cool! The only bad side was today we saw him outside with the police...so that baptism probably won't happen. But! That is one of the most powerful experiences on my mission so far.
Do you know what else??? We had FOUR investigators come to church yesterday, including the native american guy and his wife, as well as Michael. Jose was sick, and wasn't able to make it. So, he will not be getting baptized on the 30th, but he's doing great!
We taught Michael about the Law of Chastity, and it was a little challenging/awkward talking about it because we didn't really know how much he knew about the subject. After that interesting discussion was over, we asked Michael about some of the logistics of the baptism that will be taking place on Saturday. When we first set him with the date, our first impulse was that Michael's father was to baptize him. We met him last Tuesday, and from what we hear from the other elders he's about as less-active as it can be. As much as we would of like him to baptize him, we just don't see it happening any time soon, so we asked Michael who he would like to baptize him. Guess who he chose to baptize him? That's right! I will be baptizing Michael this Saturday! It was such a humbling experience and I can't wait to experience the feelings of the Spirit that will come. The awesome and unique thing about Michael was the fact that we found, taught, and will baptize him in one transfer. That's the indicator of a truly elect person. We have had the chance to talk with Michael's mom a few times this week (she's active), and she has just kept saying how Michael's baptism is a miracle and an answer to her prayers. The Lord is working miracles in Atascadero, CA.
If you are not completely exhausted with miracles by now, I have another one to share. We have been going tracting with some Hermanas for a little bit, and we've become good friends with them. One of them, Hermana Brown came up to me and told me a little bit about what she's going through. I won't go too much into details, but her mom is less-active and she's just been worrying a lot about home lately, and she asked me to give her a blessing. Yesterday we had the chance to give her this blessing, and while I was in the middle of giving her the blessing, the Spirit prompted me to say that her mom's heart would be softened and that she'd return into full activity. At first I was a little bit scared to, but as I paused, the Spirit kept nagging me to say it, so I did. She thanked me a ton and we went our separate ways. Today, 2 minutes before I started emailing, they came out of their emails. She had a letter from her mom printed off and she wanted me to read it. Her mom basically said that a lot of people have been taking good care of her and that her "heart has been tendered" and that she missed Hermana Brown so much.
My jaw just about hit the floor.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. If there was ANY doubt in my mind before this week it is certainly gone now. Miracles happen. Hearts ARE softened, and people change. I am so thankful to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. This Gospel is the only way people can find happiness. The Lord's work is moving along, and nothing can stop it. I love you all so much. Thank you for your shining examples to me.
With a heart full of gratitude,