What a week it has been! First off, I attended my first wedding! NANCI AND ISIDRO WERE MARRIED ON FRIDAY! Oh, what a fabulous occasion it was. They ended up holding it in their house and we helped them decorate it up real nice. She found some pretty sweet stuff at Dollar General (the best store name to hear a Latin say) and assured us that when we get married we were welcome to use all of her supplies and that she would be happy to decorate for us. So, there you go, Mom and Dad – free wedding! 🙂 But really, it was a beautiful occasion. The best part was when Nanci started walking down the aisle with her father and Isidro wasn’t even in the house (he was showing the kids their dogs) so we had to shoo her back into her room until we grabbed him. Just kidding, the actual best part was when they were finally, finally married.
The real miracle came on Saturday night, however: the baptism!! It was just wonderful. We ended up with a really good turn out from the ward (almost 40 people), and all went well. We only started 35 minutes late, so that was a pretty good accomplishment #latinwardproblems #thebishopmighthaveforgotten. Isidro was just so excited. He has been coming to English class every week taught by the Creole elders, so they are his new best friends. Even though they’re in a different ward he invited them to both the wedding and the baptism. His new favorite word is “awesome”, courtesy of the elders.
Aside from the miracle of a prospective eternal family, we saw many other miracles throughout the week. We found a cool Cuban family, Esleidys & Jorge with their two kiddos, and had a great Restoration lesson with them. It just happened to be Esleidys’s birthday on the day we knocked and she took it to be a sign from God that we came on that day! We agreed. We’re excited to begin teaching their tiny family of four.
We also found an AWESOME Puerto Rican family of four on Saturday with whom we had an additional great Resto. lesson. Jose and Katia have been looking for truth for a long time. He has studied the Bible a LOT and has hopped from church to church, and finally has stuck with the one that he felt matched the closest. It was amazing to see him connect so much with Joseph Smith’s story and to see the light in his eyes when we introduced the Book of Mormon – he is so excited to read it! We are totally stoked to begin teaching them, particularly because they fulfilled a specific prayer we said before beginning our door-knocking for the day.
I got to go on a full-day exchange with my old companion, Sis. Jones, last week! It was so, so good to be with her again and to see how much she has grown! That has absolutely been my favorite part of being able to exchange so frequently – seeing the growth and developing a closer relationship with even more people! What a blessing it is. I love that as we live the Gospel correctly we see daily changes in ourselves. The Atonement provides us with such endless opportunities – all we have to do is be willing to follow a perfect leader!
Last night we began Isidro’s new member lessons and kicked it off with a bang by teaching more about temples. They are so excited to be sealed in a year! Their plan is to go out to the Salt Lake City temple for it. Nanci was telling us about a pretty spiritual experience she had at one point in the which she was describing a time when she was searching desperately for something but she didn’t know what it was. Isidro chimed in and said, “Maybe yo” (spanglish for “maybe I”), and they had the most precious little moment. FAMILIES ARE MEANT TO BE ETERNAL.
This morning I read Helaman 10:12 and LOVED IT. Nephi is such a perfect example because, though he had been a’preachin’ and a’preaching away to the people and finally had the opportunity to rest, he chose instead to act upon the prompting he received from the Lord and to get back to work! Some common mottoes we have in our house are: “All gas and no brakes!” and “We rest when we’re dead!”. Alma 43:1 (“and Alma, also, himself, could not rest, and he also went forth”) gives yet another example of a diligent servant of the Lord. We’re trying hard to follow these awesome examples in the scriptures of giving it everything we have. So when you get that prompting to do a good thing, don’t wait a second to do it! For just as you act immediately, so shall you be immediately blessed (Mosiah 2:24).
I LOVE YOU! But our Father in Heaven loves you so much more.