Hmm yep never been happier! I don’t know what to do with myself,
couldn’t sleep last night.
Right before we headed home last night we checked the phone only to
find a text from Ray that read, “You need to be at my baptism on the
24th you promised you would come when I’m baptized!”
I start freaking out. I knew Ray had just been interviewed by
President Dixon earlier but the elders in the Ward said they didn’t
think Ray would be able to be baptized so soon.
Then we notice two missed calls from the elders. We call them back and
they go, “Sisters! Ray is getting baptized!!!”
I don’t think I have ever been happier. Just couldn’t handle myself
and the elders were just laughing as Sister Brown and I were screaming
over the phone.
Ray. Is. Getting. Baptized. This. Week. With. Addy. And. Sarah.
Okay for those of you who may need a little recap on Ray:
We met Ray at the park a few weeks after I first got to Fontana. He
said he immediately felt the need to listen to us as we spoke but with
other people he normally would have just walked away. He started
reading from the Book of Mormon and praying about it and finished it
in about a week.
He recognized the prophet, Thomas S. Monson because he had
accidentally walked into a church showing General Conference 6 months
ago. He said he had been waiting to hear back from that man and knows
he is God’s prophet.
After continuing to read and pray, Ray felt a peace in his life he
never had before and he changed old habits before we even met with him
again. We kept teaching him and he wanted to be baptized but he needed
first presidency approval. We eventually gave him to the elders in the
Ward to keep teaching him and he has continued to come weekly.
Now he is making that step towards Christ by being baptized and
confirmed this Christmas Eve and Day! Along with Addy and Sarah! MY
So much has happened this week but I want to take the time to tell a
little about Addy and Sarah and their stories. I just love them so
So Addy. Addy called the mission office towards the end of October
because her 5 year old daughter Mia had been asking her questions
about God and she knew she needed to give her answers and be a better
example for her. Her boyfriend is a less-active member as well as her
mom. They are both returning to church now because of her and her
boyfriend and her read the scriptures every night together.
When first meeting with Addy, we asked her how she felt and she said
that she felt so at home. She said she is usually a very skeptical
person when it comes to churches but she couldn’t deny what she felt.
She had tons of doubts at first and didn’t see how she could change to
follow so many “standards and rules”.
We promised her that she would gain that desire and be able to follow
Christ as she read, prayed and acted on the message we shared. She
did. And now she has been living the Word of Wisdom for almost 2
months. She gave up habits that she has had her whole life. She has a
light and a confidence about her that wasn’t there before.
Then there is Sarah! (Sarah and Addy aren’t related or anything by the
way) I know mom wanted clarification on that. Sarah was taught a
couple lessons by missionaries a few years back. When I got into the
area we felt the need to call her, she was in a list of former people
She couldn’t meet just yet but we eventually started meeting with her
and her boyfriend Johnathon who was a member in the Spanish Ward. At
first she had about a billion questions about differences from her
church and ours. She loved coffee and could never ever see herself
giving it up. It was her “lifeline”.
As she acted on Christ’s message that was shared, she started to
change completely. She was given strength to live the Word of Wisdom
and give up coffee. She was always hesitant to read from the Book of
Mormon because her family opposes the church so much but as she
sincerely read and asked if it was true she found her answer so
clearly. She will be baptized by Johnathon this Saturday ahhhh.
As these 3 amazing people have allowed the Savior to come into their
lives, He has completely carried them through these changes they have
made. They have been able to give up substances, addictions or habits
that used to give them temporary pleasure and lead them to more
He has replaced this temporary satisfaction with light and lasting joy
and they have felt it. I know without a doubt in my heart that this is
the Savior’s message. I know this because when acted upon, it changes
our lives and allows us to know Him.
He heals us in every way. He carries us.
I testify that our Savior Jesus Christ is always knocking. It is just
our choice to open the door and allow Him in.
His gospel has been restored and that, to me, is more evidence that He
is still there, that He is still knocking.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church here on
the earth. He has given us all the means to make it back to him and to
find peace and happiness in this life.
Sarah, Addy and Ray will be able to make a promise with the Savior
this Christmas that will open the gateway to their eternal life. I
couldn’t imagine a greater gift to the Savior.
I read these scriptures in Alma 26 from the Book of Mormon this
morning and I think they describe pretty well how I am feeling.
“12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak;
therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for
in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles
we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name
15Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and
destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting
light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about
with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been
instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we
will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God
forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say
too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his
long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I
cannot say the smallest part which I feel.”
I really cannot say the smallest part which I feel. I love my mission.
I love you family and I’m excited to see you Sunday oh my goodness
time is flying.
Merry Christmas, remember Whose season this is and make it about Him!
Every day allow others to feel His love through you.
Pictured below (there’s a ton this week)
We can give Angie rides to her new member lessons because she’s a member now
The Covarrubias family got a new puppy and came caroling with us I love
Ice cream of course
We were able to pick out a bunch of toys and stick them in bags for
families for Christmas I gave my families the best toys they won’t
know what’s comin
We went to city hall and everywhere else in the land EVEN DI rejected
our idea to have a #LighttheWorld stand but we talked to the right
people and the DI let us come #success
(But city hall was closed THE ONE DAY WE WENT to ask them where they
allow missionaries to light the world, ya know the usual)
The #LighttheWorld stand we made for people to post love to their mom
best thing ever
The Johnsons gave us a heater because ours is broken so this is us in
the mornings now