This week we had a baptism. Funny story, I accidentally spelt his middle name wrong on his baptismal program. He said "You would!!" to me. It was funny, and sincerely on accident. Anyway, the best part about teaching is being taught. I walked out of his lessons feeling spiritually uplifted, and awakened to seeing the way our Savior works in his life. Just before his baptism, we had a great lesson with him. We went to a members house to study the scriptures and to talk about and mark our favorite ones. He was in Mosiah 6 (Here is the link to this scripture), so we read with him those chapters and asked him what he liked about them. From there we went on to share our favorite scriptures. Sister Carter shared her favorite scripture in Alma 26:12 (Here is the link to this scripture) and bore a powerful testimony about how the Lord helped her to come out on a mission. I was very impressed to share a scripture that had spiritually slapped me in the face. Alma 34:38-41 (Here is the link to this scripture). This scripture caused me to seriously think about my actions. That whole week had been kind of a stressful one, and I literally felt like I was "contending with the Holy Ghost." After I found that scripture I was WAY humbled, and submissive to the Spirit. I shared this and he smiled at me, and said "I felt that way. Everyone said that I was ready to be baptized, and I didn't see it. I prayed day, and night, day and night for 3 days, and I got the same answer. On the 4th day, I just knew that I was ready. I doubted myself, and I stopped doubting when I stopped contending with the Holy Ghost." Now, you can imagine that the Spirit was incredible strong, and my heavens, it was!! He is an incredible man. He already has names to take to the Temple to do baptism for the dead. He calls Sister Carter and I his "Little Sisters." :) Tender, I know. :)
The other day, we were going to go visit a less active member who has been coming to church again, and on the way we stopped by an ice cream store names "What's the Scoop?!" I looked at Sister Carter and she said "Maybe we can go if the member isn't home." (side note, Sister Carter has a connection from home to this less active member, so they clicked right away.) We go to this members house, and she isn't home. So, guess where we go? All of you guessed it, we went to What's the Scoop and got some ice cream. While we were there, we talked to the man that owned the place. He asked us why we wear name tags, and we explained to him that we are missionaries for our church. He then told us that since his wife had passed away that he wasn't able to go to church since him and his daughter run the ice cream shop. We invited him to church, and mentioned to him what time the services start, and he told us that he would try and make it in October when things start to slow down. (here is the cool part). After we talked to that man, this young man and 2 little kiddies walk up and get ice cream (at this point Sister Carter and I had our ice cream and were walking to our cars), as we walk by, he says "Hey, are you missionaries?" We were like "Yeah!! Have you met girl missionaries before?" He then began to tell us that his son's mother was a Mormon, and that he had gone to church a few times. We told him about church and nonchalantly asked him where he lived, so that way we could refer him to the Elders. A few days later, we went to this less active members house and she asked us if there are any other Sister missionaries in the area. We told her about the other sister and she was like, I have an ex-son in law who says that he saw two girl missionaries at the ice cream shop the other day, and I feel like I need to go to church. Sister Carter and I were in awe. The spirit hit both of us. We knew that we were meant to be at that place at the right time. It was incredible. The guy that we met at the ice cream store was at church this Sunday. It was pretty sweet.
There has been an infinite amount of experiences that have happened that have changed my life. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. This is our Savior, Jesus Christ's work. I see it on a daily, hourly, minute by minute basis. I am incredibly humbled to be His servant, and to do what He wants done, and to say what He wants said. This October we get to hear from His servants, and I am incredibly EXCITED, and Grateful to be in this position. I love my Savior, and I love my Father in Heaven. I pray that all of you are having an Incredible week!!
With all my love,