Sister Springer did a majority of the missionary work this week as I was physically ill on Wednesday and mentally ill on Friday. While I was in bed resting, she taught with the other Sisters in our apartment. One of them would go out with her, and the other would be in with me, making sure I didn't spend too much time out of bed:) She taught our investigator, Phillip. So Phillip is from Laos, and most of his family is Buddhist. But the Elders found him, started teaching the lessons, and Phillip knows that it's true! He's not ready to set a baptismal date, but Sister Springer told me that the Holy Ghost was in the lesson so strong, and that's what's important! Missionaries aren't the teachers. The Holy Ghost is!
We had ANOTHER baptism this Saturday! The Elders before us were working so hard:) Three children of a part member family were baptized. The father isn't a member, but he respects the church and his children's desire to be baptized as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was so wonderful, and there were tears of joy! Jaleela and Gaige, the two older children, wanted to bear their testimonies after the service. After making the programs, Jaleela called and said that she didn't want to bear her testimony, that she was too scared. Sister Springer talked to her for a while and told her, "Don't let Satan make you nervous about this!" Jaleela decided that it would be a good idea to share her testimony. And she did! And it was wonderful! So many people came to their baptism. So much love and support. (No picture because I failed to take a single flattering picture of them at the baptism. Lo siento.)
Picture this: Missionaries wake up at 6:30 am. Okay? Okay. Well. We have appointments every Sunday at 7 am. Wow. #messybun No, but we teach this wonderful guy named Ryan. He's been married to a member for several years, has four kids, and has attended church for TEN YEARS! He knows he needs to be baptized, but he has some reservations. Nothing a little Sister Missionary magic can't fix! Lol the only magic that's going to happen is the Holy Ghost doing the work.
God loves you. Take care of yourselves. Crying is not a sign of weakness. You all are wonderful, important, divine humans! Love ya!
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. - Barry Finlay