Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hey familia y amigos!
Have I ever mentioned I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY?
This week was absolutely amazing. I am on cloud 9 thousand right now :)
First off I will tell you about the highlight of my week! :)
BLANCA AND IRENE AND SALVADOR WERE BAPTIZED!! It was honestly the happiest day of my entire life. They are the greatest people ever! So we have only been teaching them for 3 or 4 weeks now, so everything was super fast but also INCREDIBLE and MIRACULOUS.
This family has come so far and made so many changes for the better. I feel like I have known them for so much longer than I have, they are a HUGE part of my life and I want nothing more than complete happiness for them. I love them with all my heart!!!
The day of their baptism, Salvador told us a miracle that had happened to him earlier in the week- there had been one thing that would hold him back from being baptized, and he had an experience where his heart was cleared and full of light, and he knew that there was nothing holding him back any more. Then after his baptism and confirmation he had tears streaming down his face and told us that while he was being baptized, his life had gone before his eyes really fast, and he was just watching it, but then all of a sudden he just saw a flash of light and his grandpa, dad, cousin, and one of his sons (that had all passed away) were standing in front of him. We talked to him about the work that he can now do for them in the temples and his face just lit up. He is AMAZING. I am SOOOO proud of this family.
Irene had been so nervous beforehand, she is 9, and they told her she was going first and she was really anxious about that, but after her baptism she was SO happy! I don't know how much I have mentioned about Irene in the past, but she is the one that had SEWED A CASE for her Book of Mormon the day after we gave it to her. She is SO SWEET!
Blanca is SUCH a strong woman and has endured a lot and came out for the better. She is an amazing example of faith and perseverance, and now her and her husband will be working together to continue to establish their family in the gospel! :) She was so full of joy that her husband had chosen to take this step as well-- they are just my favorites!!!!!!
Anyways so to summarize, Sunday was the greatest day of my entire life <3 I love the gospel. I love the opportunity that I have to be a part of God's work to help bring to pass the eternal life of God's children. I know that He loves every single one of us and has made the gospel path very clear! I am SO happy that I got to watch 3 of His children take the first step to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized. I am excited to continue to work with them and help them endure to the end :)
Otro milagro that I saw this week! So Friday I got a random email that was a referral from a missionary in VIRGINIA. She had taught this guy named Josue and then he was moving back to Beaumont or something like that. So we called Josue and he set up an appointment with us for that night. We went over, started talking about the restoration and the story of Joseph Smith, and he said, "wait one minute, I want to see if my brother wants to listen". So he went inside and brought out his brother Daniel too. So we taught both of them and after we shared the experience of Joseph Smith, we asked them how they felt. Daniel chimed in and said that he felt incredible, he said that it was very clear that we needed a prophet to guide us, so it made sense to him that God would call another prophet. He said he believed everything we taught him, and then later, we invited him and Josue to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone that holds God's authority and they accepted right away! So we asked them why they thought that would be important and Daniel said, "Well when Christ was baptized, He went to John the Baptist who had that authority…and so we are supposed to follow Him…He also said in the Bible somewhere that if we don't get baptized, we can't go to heaven, right?" (Ummm YEAH he already knows!) It was AMAZING! Then we extended a date with them, and asked if they would prepare to be baptized by that date, and Josue said he would, then explained that he knew we were there to help them prepare, so if he wasn't ready by that date, it would be his own fault.
They are INCREDIBLE and that was a huge miracle.
Daniel showed up to church on Sunday and stayed for the baptism, then texted US and said thank you! He was so happy as well :) This morning I was talking to him asking when we could come by and see him again, and he told me that he has a friend that wants to come to church with him next week!! He said that he was talking to him about us and the church and that it is all very special! HE IS SO COOL. Josue was in Houston, so he couldn't make it to church, but apologized a lot for not making it!
Ok quick recap of another amazing day-- Tuesday I went on exchanges in Vidor-- which is East texas in a nutshell haha its crazy out there but IT WAS SUCH A GOOD DAY! It was one of those days where I really felt my purpose as a missionary. We met a bunch of different people that have such different life experiences, but with every single person, we shared our testimonies of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, and 3 different people that we taught all told us that they felt peace while listening to us talk.
The first guy, Rogelio said: "I believe what you say. I can see the peace in your faces and I can tell that you are close to God. I am happy you came to inspire me, you have brought me a lot of peace".
The next lady Marilyn said, "I know what you said is true-- usually I don't let religious people come talk to me but something told me to listen to you guys. I don't believe whatever people tell me, but I believe what you say, I can tell it is true".
And the last one Nicole, we were trying to get ahold of her daughter, but she asked us who we were and what we were doing. She told us, "If I'm not mistaken, Mormon and Christian are completely different, right?" So we started to clarify with her that Christian means someone who believes and follows Jesus Christ, and told her that our purpose as missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was to invite others to come unto Christ by living His gospel. We read with her 2 Nephi 25:26 "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins". As we were talking with her, tears started streaming down her face and she said to us, "You girls really bring people peace. I have seen a lot of bad, and I haven't been to church in a long time, but I really felt peace with you guys. I want to listen to what you have to say".
IT WAS AN AMAZING EXCHANGE and SUCH a powerful experience to hear people confirm to me that I am helping bring peace, publishing this GREAT JOY that the gospel has brought to my life! I know that truly the gospel of Jesus Christ is where we can find peace, and it doesn't matter what our struggles are, the Savior and His gospel will help us! He knows and loves us perfectly, and His message is for EVERYONE! :)
There are so many other miracles that happened this week, it was basically the coolest. But moral of the story,
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS PERFECT AND GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EVERYONE.
THE CHURCH IS TRUE AND WAS RESTORED THROUGH A PROPHET OF GOD.
BAPTISM IS THE FIRST STEP TO ACCEPTING AND LIVING THE GOSPEL.
THIS MESSAGE AND THE SPIRIT BRINGS PEACE TO HURTING HEARTS.
AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO BE THE LORDS HAND TO SHARE IT.
THE MISSION IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME
I love you all SO much. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Have a great week!
Remember that God loves you and wants you to be HAPPY!
Hermana Shaelyn Rogers