I had a list of things I wanted to write you about but I forgot it all this morning! Overall it was a good week!
So to start off, we had our baptism with Jose on Sunday! He is so cool. He asked last lesson if there was just a list of "rules" we could print out for him and he would follow them. Last week, we had a super awesome lesson with him before Sister Moeller and Zollinger left. It was easily the best day of my mission so far! In Jose's lesson, we were wanting to really see how he was feeling. He had a cool experience after he read the Book of Mormon and prayed, where he said he was super happy. This is how he explained it - "I felt like God brought His hand down and gave me a heavenly high!" He gives explanations like this all the time. And he also told us that night that he felt like he had taken a Godly shower from the inside. His baptism was Sunday and it was great. There was an awesome spirit there. If only you could have experienced a Samoan baptism... hopefully you will one day!
|Jose' baptism! With Hma Zollinger, Hma Warner, Hma Moeller (who originally taught him before being transferred), and Hma Rudd|
We had a really great lesson with Timoteo the other day too. He was not progressing very well for a while and we hadn't seen him in about two weeks. We recommitted him to a baptismal date and he responded completely different. He is excited to learn and progress towards baptismal. It was such a tender mercy to see him begin to grasp onto the things we teach him. He said his second prayer with us and it was awesome!
So many things happened this week that I feel bad because I literally cannot remember anything at the moment. But hey, all you need to know is that I am doing well! My companion's name is Sister Rudd and she is from Idaho. We are pretty much the same person, which is good and bad, haha. So I have been working a lot of having patience, not with her but with myself. Ever since I have sincerely been working on this, things have been so much better. Let's be real, patience is my worst attribute. Our area is awesome and I love our wards! Our members are so wonderful......
The other day we didn't have a dinner appt and brought our dinner to eat at the church before a meeting. Well, after this meeting a member had us go into the kitchen and said to us, "my daughter is on her mission right now and I don't ever want her to go without a dinner." She'd had her son bring food from her house and fed us dinner. It was one of the biggest tender mercies, from a small act of service. I thought of you when she said that, because I know you feel the same way :) Things are going well, and I really do feel your prayers! Thank you for your support and love for me, momma. I love you so so much!! xoxo
P.S. The Samoan bishopric asked if we were being fed and we said, yes! (trust me, most nights I have dinner every night and sometimes, two meals!) and the Bishop said, "Well, it doesn't look like it!" Man, it looks like it alright. Please don't mind that I have gained about 500 pounds