This last week has been very joyful, but saddening at the same time. Rosita was married and baptized on Friday!! She asked my to be the one to baptize her and it was a very special opportunity for me, one of the most special in my mission. Last night we visited them to say goodbye and we committed her husband and one of her daughters to seriously investigate the church. As I testified of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon I had no doubt that what I was saying was true.
Two transfers ago President had mentioned the possibility of training and I was excited for the opportunity. I prayed for a new, prepared, mature missionary to be able to pass on everything I’ve learned and become. I feel like Elder Glazier was an answer to that prayer. It was really special for me to talk with him after our baptism of Rosita about obedience and dedication and sacrifice and how all of those things really do bring blessings. I have such a strong testimony of that after these two years. It’s such a blessing that Elder Glazier can learn that now, and come to do much greater things than I’ve done in my mission.
I was reading in Alma 26 this morning. “Have we not great reason to rejoice?” That is how I feel as these two years come to an end. The opportunity that the Lord gave me to baptize Rosita on my last weekend here after 6 months of working with her was without doubt a tender mercy of the Lord. I’ve come to love that family so much and it made me so happy to see her finally make that step. It was really hard for me to say goodbye yesterday.
I’m so grateful for the opportunities He’s given me to learn and to grow and to affect the lives of others. These two years have been the most demanding of my life. Here, I’ve come across the greatest challenges and trials, but I’ve also come to know my Savior in a much more personal way. I know that He loves me, I know that this work is true, and I know that obedience brings blessings.
As I finish the mission I feel, if anything, more committed to continue onward in this work. I feel like that’s what my Heavenly Father expects of me.
Last week coming up, definitely hard to believe! I’m trying hard to stay focused and mostly succeeding. I’d hate to spend the last few weeks of the mission thinking about home and then the first few weeks at homing thinking about what I should’ve done in the mission. I’m trying to tie up all loose ends.
If all goes well, Rosita should be married with her husband and baptized this Friday!! We’ve been working closely with our ward mission leader and our bishop to work out all of the details with the laboratory and paper work and whatnot. It’s so difficult to get married! no wonder no one does it.
The bishops family had us over for dinner again yesterday. They’re such a great family. their oldest boy gave Elder Hicken and I thank you cards that he had drawn up and told us that he would miss us. I told him he was going to be a great missionary someday.
We’ve been praying specifically to find families this week, and we’ve found 3! A testimony builder to me that the lord really does answer specific prayers.
We had our Meet the Mormons ward activity on Saturday and had a turnout of 50! Everyone really liked it, we had popcorn and soda. We put christmas lights on the church fence and everything.
President Boucher came to Levittown yesterday to speak in our sacrament meeting and close off nicely our missionary month of October.
All in all it was a good week and we’re hoping for another on to finish things off nicely!
I celebrated my birthday this week by eating hamburgers 4 days in a row. On Saturday we went out to a nice american grill place and all had burgers. we then baught a big tub of ice cream and a thing of cookies for dessert. The elders say thank you Mom and Dad! And so do I, so much!
The bishop’s family had us over for a birthday lunch on Sunday as well and we had brownies and ice cream and they sang for me. And then our family, Rosita and Roselyn surprised me with a cake after the lesson we taught!! It was all in all really sweet. The little girls of the family gave me a little plastic pony as a gift and signed their names on it. I sure have come to love that family.
We had the zone activity this week and we went hiking! I have pictures but we’re doing email in the library that doesn’t allow USB.
Thank you for everything, see you soon!
We talked with Rosita and Ivette about repentance this week. It led to two different but good discussions. With Rosita, she told us that she didn’t know what she had done wrong to deserve the punishment of her trials. We talked about Mosiah 24 and how trails can bring us closer to God. With Ivette, she confessed that she holds a strong grudge against someone in her family that wronged her and that she can’t move on to baptism until she sets it right. In both cases we saw clear signs of conversion taking place. They both say that they know the church is true and that they want to be baptized.
Rosita needs to get married and she has her doctor appointment this wednesday. Ivette just needs to stop smoking. We’re so close!
We finally presented the Ward Mission Plan!!! As a ward we have a goal of three missionary invitations from every family every month. The plan includes a list of possible invitations that the members could extend. We had a combined third hour to do it. Bishop presented and explained it and then we had about half an hour to explain how to do invitations and follow ups and what we would do if they let us teach their friends. We then took some time to do practice and role plays. They wrote a list of 3 to 5 names, chose one and practiced with their neighbor extending and invitation. We asked them to share afterwards and we got 3 perfect examples. Everyone seemed pretty excited. I don’t think as members that we lack desire to participate in the missionary work, just understanding. Thinking back on my time before the mission, I’d extended invitations but I didn’t really know how to follow up on that or include the missionaries. It was really sweet for me to see our investigators that were there practicing how they would invite other friends and family members to listen to us.
We had MLC this week. My 8th and my last. I had the opportunity to give my testimony at the end to the other leaders. The next MLC will be a special one on the 31st. We’re going to receive the visit from Elder Cornish and Elder Christensen from the presidency of the seventy. We’re going to have a lunch with them as leaders and have the opportunity to ask them questions. What a great way to finish the mission!
What a spiritual uplift from that session of General Conference. I’m beginning to see these men as they truly are, prophets and apostles of the Lord. As President Uchtdorf quoted Alma from his sermon in Zarahemla I realized that he, as well as the other general authorities, are today what Alma and Pual, and Peter were of old.
It was a good opportunity to meet together as a zone as well. We brought creamy italian chicken for lunch our on Sunday and everyone was impressed. We also got a new 2016 tungsten Chevy Cruz. It had a total of 12 miles on it when they gave is the key. General conference truly is better that Christmas here in the mission.
On Monday we met with some of the single members of the ward for a family home evening. We were in charge and we invited everyone to participate in a testimony meeting. I began with my own and Berlyn quickly followed with hers. It was such a sweet experience for me to hear her testify of the truth of this church, and how the spirit has touched her heart. Good people everywhere need this message and what it brings.
It was a good week. On Tuesday we were driving literally all day around the island moving missionaries. We started at 8:30am and got home at 9:30pm. I got to see part of the Mayaguez zone though which was cool. I’ve now been in all 5.
The bishop’s family invited us over for dinner again this week. They’re too nice. After dinner, the bishop and his boys preformed a couple scout skits that they’ve been working on, so we preformed one as well: The Invisible Bench. I hope you’re proud of me Spencer. They liked it.
We contacted a guy the other night and he let us into his garage to try live clams. He showed us how to open them, cut the nerves, take out the digestive system, put lemon juice and hot sauce on them and then like he said “enjoy!” They were good, I really liked them.
The ward had a baptism this weekend. An 8 year old boy. They did it at the beach and asked for two of us to be the witnesses and go out in knee deep water. We asked permission from President and Elder Chaves and Hicken did it. They rolled their pants up to their knees to not get wet, but ended up getting hit by a few waves and came out wet up to their waste. I was trying pretty hard not to laugh during the ordinance.