Date

February 3, 2020

Area

Ponca City

Companion

Elder Huang

Father Barben

This week was soooo good. We saw so many miracles and just funny things. I will first explain the title of this email haah. This little kid that we have been teaching for a while now is sooo funny. His name is elijah and I have sent some pictures of him before. But he grew up in another church and is used to calling his Pastor 'Father". So he called me "Father Barben". I was laughing so hard haha that has a nice ring to it though, I should be a Pastor. hah just kidding. But the best thing about this week is that 3 of our friends (investigators) got BAPTIZED!! Soo exciting. My man Hermine was able to baptize his son and his nephew. It was so awesome to see them in the water in white haha. He was super nervous about doing it all correctly and so he asked me and Elder Huang to give him a blessing of comfort right before the Baptism. It was an awesome experience. After 6 times of being dunked Josiah was baptized and after 2 for George hahah. It was awesome. The next day I confirmed Josiah a member of the Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints and gave him the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Such a cool experience. Also our friend Hannah got baptized and her story is amazing. She has come so far. It has been such a blessing to see her growth. She was baptized by her Grandfather, Brother Emmons. I love these 3 people so much, I am so excited to see them continue to grow in the Church and hopefully go to their farewells one day. Also I had a cool experience. There was this family that we haven't seen in 4 weeks. They never answer the door, it is so frustrating. They are always soo busy. So Elder Huang and I knocked again and we sat there for about 5 minutes and they didn't answer. So I took my beanie off and asked Heavenly Father to help them come open the door. It was a simple heart-felt prayer and I went back and knocked again. After about 3 minutes they came and opened the door and we had an awesome lesson about the Restoration of the Church. It was a little tender mercy that I appreciated so much. We now have a schedule with this family so that we can have 2 lessons every week. There are so many tender mercies that we see just like this, I need to be better about sending them out haha. But when yall have tender mercies please write them down so you can remember them. It is so easy to forget. I love yall so much, thank you for the prayers. God Speed!

Elder Barben




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