Great great week.
Angie got baptized this Saturday! It was so special. She is the
sweetest. After she was baptized we asked her how she felt and she was
so happy she could barely get out words she just kept smiling and
hugging us and thanking us.
The baptismal service was wonderful. It was so cute, when Angie came
up out of the water her six year old son started clapping and said,
“good job mommy!” And her three year old daughter started horrifically
crying until she saw her mom smiling and safely walk out of the font.
ALSO so cute because Angie invited her boyfriend Hector, who is also
the father of her kids, to come to the baptism. They are deciding on
making things work in their relationship again and getting married. In
the mean time, Hector came to church yesterday and says he wants to
keep coming and learn more so we are letting the elders teach him and
I am just hoping he will accept the gospel and that they can one day
be sealed in the temple AH Angie is hoping the same thing soooo
My favorite part of this week though, was after Angie was given the
Gift of the Holy Ghost/was confirmed yesterday. She was just beaming.
I felt the Spirit so strongly as the priesthood holders laid their
hands on her head and confirmed her. After sacrament meeting we asked
her, how do you feel? She said that at the beginning, before Brother
Hansen started speaking her heart was beating so fast. She said, “then
all of a sudden I felt this warm peaceful feeling start from my head
all the way down to my toes.” She said she then felt so calm and warm
inside. It’s just incredible. It’s incredible that the priesthood is
on the earth again today and that we can receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost from our Heavenly Father through His power and authority.
I have seen such a difference in Angie. When first meeting her, she
was depressed and had so much in her life that just seemed to fall
apart. She recognized the Spirit right away however and she kept
pushing through. I know all of her problems didn’t go away but it sure
seems that way from her attitude now. She is not the same person, she
is happier and confident when it comes to whatever life throws at her.
I know that the difference I see in her is because of our Savior Jesus
Christ. I know He has been healing her and cleansing her. He has been
strengthening her. As missionaries we have just invited her to act on
His message and as she has done so, as she has followed Him, He has
lead her to more joy than she has ever felt. He has comforted her and
I am so grateful for Him.
It’s just incredible! All of it! The other day I read that as
missionaries we have a front row seat to the greatest miracle:
Christ’s atonement working in the lives of others. It is so true. I
love being a missionary.
ALSO. Sarah and Addy are getting baptized December 24th! I am so
excited for them. So cool. Sarah had been reading from the Book of
Mormon and prayed to know if it was true and then she came across
verse 10 from 2 Nephi chapter 33. Nephi writes:
“And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the
earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye
believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe
in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of
Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that
they should do good.”
She said when she read it she “felt what she read” and has come to
feel that it really is all true! Wow. She has come such a long way
it’s been amazing. She used to have so many doubts and because of the
power of the Book of Mormon and prayer, it is clear to her.
Her and Addy have now been living the word of wisdom as well which is
A little update: Lori and Maureen were supposed to be baptized this
Saturday. Last week I was super confused because we hadn’t heard from
them and they didn’t show up at church. I knew they faced opposition
but didn’t know what. Finally on Thursday Lori texted us letting us
know she was so sorry but that her ex husband stole just about all of
her money and now she has been frantically trying to find a new job.
She works from 5 am to 9 pm and it has been just impossible to even
catch her home. She said her and Maureen want to be baptized and want
to come to church frequently but she just can’t even catch up on life
right now. Please keep her in your prayers. Satan is trying super hard
on her because she is sharing the gospel with just about everyone,
including her mom who is now interested!
Opposition is so extremely real. It’s crazy to see a literal spiritual
battle so clearly throughout each day but I know there are great
things ahead for her or else the adversary wouldn’t be trying so hard.
There was also the Ward Christmas party this Saturday! Addy invited
her whole family and Angie and her boyfriend and kids came as well!
It’s just been a great crazy week as always and this email is so
scattered but I love you all an don’t forget to use the 25 days
calendar from Mormon.org because this world is crazy and we could all
use a little more light okay.
Oh also ps we just found out that for this next transfer we are
staying in Oleander together! Couldn’t be happier I was so scared to
leave this place and my amazing companion. Second to last transfer
this is crazy here we go.