Tuesday, December 20, 2016

White Cliffs & Boulder Springs: August 25-31

This week has been fantastic! It has been full of miracles.

We fasted again to find a new investigator and in one of our ward councils our bishop told us about his son's friend named Isaac who is not a member. Isaac has been coming to mutual activities and Scouting activities for several years. When he first started coming to the scouting activities, his parents made sure there would be no pressure whatsoever to join the church. Isaac asked the Bishop last week when he could learn more about the gospel, so immediately we went over and had a lesson with him! It was fantastic! Isaac is so ready to progress quickly because the members here have been great examples for him. He should have a baptismal date soon!

Last night we were going to visit a referral for a less-active member, so we went over to the street they lived on and began walking around to find the home. I felt really uncomfortable, like we were in danger. I waited for what seemed like a few minutes but was probably only 30 seconds for Sister Wilde to say something but I couldn't wait any longer and I asked her how she felt. She said "not good", so we rushed back to the car and went to the next person we planned for. Her name is Cynthia. We knocked on her door at about 8:45 last night, expecting to get a return appointment because it was so late. When she opened the door and saw us standing there, she was close to tears and invited us in! She told us she had a really rough week and was looking for a church. In fact, she had been driving around that day looking at churches to decide which one she would go to. She told us she saw our stake center and wanted to go there. We taught her the first lesson and she had so many things to say about it! Cynthia is awesome. She's had a lot of experiences that have led her up to this point where she is completely prepared to hear the message of the gospel and be baptized. She told us about how she visited Jerusalem and got to see everyone worshiping, no matter what religion they belonged to. We had an AMAZING lesson with her!

We also have another referral whom we had a lesson with. His name is Rick. He was talking with a member named Rhet at a gas station and was really interested in the church. Rick told us he was interested because he could see something different about Rhet and his family--they had a light that he wanted for his family. Rhet gave us his phone number and we had a great lesson with him! He's a DJ and his kids are named Melody and Rhythm. They're awesome! Rick, like Cynthia, is totally ready! The only thing about Rick is that he doesn't live in our ward boundaries, so we referred him to the elders who actually serve in his area. Rick and his wife, Kelly, came to church! We forgot to tell them that everyone, including kids, is welcome at church. They got a babysitter so they could come! We certainly weren't expecting that.

Yesterday the same bishop who introduced us to Isaac told us he has a convert baptism set up for us on Friday! He was interviewing the daughter of a family of members, so everything should have been fine, but she's 10 years old so she's technically a convert baptism. Since the bishop doesn't hold the priesthood keys to interview her, the district leader gets to interview her and we are in charge of the baptism. It's so exciting! When we planned for the week, we set a goal for a miracle baptism and confirmation and this is it!

Helaman 14:30-31 -
And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.
He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.

I love you all! Enjoy your week!

Sister Bedont

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