Wow, what a grand week! Let’s get started :-)
On Wednesday it was my companion's 20th birthday! I organized a little surprise party Wednesday night - wow, so hard to organize secretive things when you are a missionary haha. But it was great! The members helped her to feel very loved and to enjoy her birthday as a missionary.
Roger and the Piñero family passed their interviews, and...
Saturday Roger, the Piñero family and Christopher were all baptized!
Wow. I was left without words. One thing I have learned here on the mission is how important our purpose is. there has been countless times that people have rejected us (all RMs can back me up on this). The mission is not easy. It is easily the HARDEST thing I have ever done, and every day you have to fight and give it everything you have. But it is the most rewarding thing in the world to see and hear the conversion of people that you have taught. As I watched those 6 people I have come to love enter into the waters of baptism on saturday, I just cried, knowing that all the suffering I have passed through in these 14 months of my mission was all worth it - to know that they can now receive the same blessings the Lord has given to my family. To just know that this is the beginning of a new life for them.
The 6 of them shared their testimonies at the end of their baptisms, and even little Junior who is only 10 years old shared a powerful testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel.
Roger's wife came to the baptism, who for a long time said she would divorce him if the got baptiZed. And, she came to church yesterday, AND she is going to a Family Home Evening tonight at our stake president's house. Please keep her in your prayers so the Lord can touch her heart :-)
I am so thankful for the change I have had on my mission. it's so interesting to see how the Lord works! To think how detailed the plan He has for us is. I know without a doubt that I would not have the testimony I have of the church if I hadn't come on my mission. I know this church is true! no matter how much we have sinned, how alone we feel from Father, HE IS THERE.
I love you all, and I am thankful for all your love!