This week was amazing! Shawna and Mike were baptized! Both services were amazing and went smoothly, which was a surprise! Usually something goes wrong right before. I guess Mike almost didn't have a ride, because we taught him the day before and asked him if he wanted us to find someone to take him to his baptism or if he wanted to do it himself. He said he would do it, but forgot and texted us an hour before he was baptized and asked who was picking him up! It all worked out though :) and Shawna was baptized at a different building that we weren't familiar with. The instructions for filling that font were pretty surprising because the first step was to check for scorpions in the font! Sure enough, there were two little scorpions and a ton of spiders in the font. One was dead but the other one was still alive! Shawna and Mike were both confirmed on Sunday and their blessings were amazing! I'm so excited for both of them. They should be going to the temple in a few weeks!
Shawna stayed for all three hours of church today! She used to come to all of church but then only came to sacrament meeting. This week she said she just had a really good feeling about going, like there was going to be something said during the lesson that she really needs to hear.
We are working with a really sweet less-active girl named Monique and when we went over for a quick lesson at her apartment, she called to us from her balcony and told us she was locked into her apartment...so we spent most of our time that we would have taught her trying to break through her door. It took a lot of effort and she had to unscrew the door handle after we had tried ramming ourselves into the door with the amazing member named Brittney who came with us, but we made it! Luckily there weren't any security cameras on her floor. That would have taken some explaining to do! Especially since the night before that, Monique was locked out of her apartment and had to break in and her neighbor called the police on her.
We went on a ton of exchanges and had meetings every single day, so my time in my own area was pretty limited and I didn't get to see many of our progressing investigators. Everyone is doing well, though! We're
working on setting everyone with baptismal dates to separate the wheat from the tares.
I was reading Alma 26 this morning and verse 9 stuck out to me: "For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God." I realized that it would be incredible to pray constantly to find someone as against the Church as the Lamanites were against the Nephites who will have a change of heart and will become "our dearly beloved brethren". I know it will bring trials but it will be worth it! I'm so excited to see who we will find!
I also went on splits for a while with a girl named Jenny who is preparing to serve a mission because Sister Loveless had a wedding and baptism to go to. Jenny is awesome! Everything worked out perfectly during the split and we were able to contact a referral we had received the day before for a girl named Jackie. Jackie immediately
invited us in! She's super quiet, but we can tell she's interested and wants to learn more. Halfway through our lesson with her, her mom and brother came over (she's actually living with her brother and the rest of her family lived in Pahrump. Her mom really opened up to us and we taught her completely by the Spirit and she accepted a Spanish copy of the Book of Mormon!
I love you all! I hope you're having a fantastic week!