Monday, April 13, 2015

Courtney's Baptism

This week was amazing! Elder Jones and I have been working hard and finding a lot of people. I’m super excited for this transfer and for the upcoming month. Some crazy things are about to happen in the mission. 

I’m excited to serve with Elder Jones again. He taught me so much when we were companions in Pocatello and we've already had so much success with re-contacting former investigators and finding new people to teach. Even though I’ve knocked on a lot of doors, there is still so many of our Heavenly Father’s children we have yet to find in Rigby. I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for us!

Courtney Bailey was baptized on Saturday. It was a sweet baptism. She was so excited as you can see in the picture haha. Spencer her boy friend and Courtney are both goof balls. Courtney was just so happy the whole time. Her trial of faith and patience really paid off. She’s been waiting 3 years for this day, she couldn’t describe her feelings but her expressions told it all. After the baptism we went to congratulate her. She said in a very humble and meek way "Thank you for teaching me the Gospel." There was a sweet spirit that touched my heart. As a missionary sometimes we look for great gratification or praises when there are baptisms but her sweet thank you for simply teaching her the gospel was more rewarding than the praises of peers. That’s why we are here, to teach the Gospel and the Lord does the rest. I am grateful to be a servant of the Lord. 

We’ve seen a lot of blessings in our area as well. We had an experience with prayer. We completed all of our plans for an hour and needed to find someone to invite to be baptized. I prayed with Elder Jones and asked specifically for God to bring to a remembrance someone who I’ve taught before. We contacted some addresses and then I remembered a part member family to go visit. We couldn't find their home but we found a different part member family that let us right in. We got to know them and started teaching them. We had a great lesson with them yesterday with our Bishop and have a church tour with them on Wednesday. My testimony of specific prayer was strengthened and I know Heavenly Father will lead us to those who are ready and searching as we listen to the Promptings of the Spirit.

We were invited to a LUAUUUU this weekend. The Togiai’s 2 daughters were baptized and they had a huge luau. If there was anything on my mission that reminded me more of home it was this, the music, the people, that aloha spirit, it was sooooooo good. We had some ono food too! a whole pig, bbq chicken, curry, ohhh man. 

Stoked to Serve

Elder Soren

Companions again!  Elders Soren & Jones

The Togiai's baptism luau in Rigby

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