Monday, September 17, 2012

Baptism and Trainer Next Transfer

Hey Hey Hey!
It has been quite the week. We were dropped by a few of our investigators and we have somebody we think may drop us soon. Saturday we had five lessons with investigators and all but one canceled. The one who didn't cancel we came to a mutual agreement to stop meeting. He is a super nice guy, but not really willing to investigate, just curious. Anyway, none of the disappointment from all that happened mattered by Sunday night because HUNTER GOT BAPTIZED!!! :D

Jeff, Sister Record, Sister Freire, Sister Nelson and Hunter

Hunter was baptized yesterday and it was a wonderful experience. :) Hunter's parents were both there. His dad is not a member and his mom is an inactive member. I loved being able to meet them. They were so nice! It was also great to see Jeff baptize Hunter. Jeff has come so far in the last three months. It is amazing! At the beginning of the week Hunter was so happy and excited to be baptized. He has faced a whole lot of opposition this week as he made the decision to be baptized. It made us sad Hunter stayed strong though and made it to Sunday. :) After Hunter was baptized and confirmed we could tell he felt great! :) He even told us later that he was at peace with the things that had been happening throughout the week, something he hasn't felt before. We told him it was because of the Spirit. :)

Jeff and Hunter

Bishop Ellis welcomed Hunter into the ward and told him that from the very first day he met him He knew that Hunter was a great young man. Bishop Ellis said he could see Hunter being like Captain Moroni one day. He assured Hunter that it wouldn't be something that happened today or tomorrow, but something that would take time.

I feel like with Jeff and with Hunter I can see the potential each of them have to do great things for the Lord and His kingdom. I know that neither one of them feels the same way. As I have thought about Jeff and Hunter I wonder how the Lord feels about each of us. I know there have been times when I don't feel like I have a whole lot of potential. After working with Jeff and Hunter and being able to see the potential each of them has, I think of Heavenly Father and how he sees each of us. He sees the big picture. He can see the potential we each have long after we pass into the next life.
Sister Nelson with the Gecko. "We found a gecko in the
baptismal font when we went to clean it before
Hunter's baptism!"

The baptism was definitely the highlight of the week. The spirit was so strong and my testimony of the gospel was strengthened. I love being a missionary! I love the change that has come over people I have taught as well as the change that has come over me. I am learning so much! I will forever be thankful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission. It is the best thing ever! :) I was reading Alma 24-26 this morning. I especially love Alma 24:22,26-27.

22 And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them; and we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God.

26 And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved.
27 And there was not a wicked man slain among them; but there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth; thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people.

I love this story. At first it seems sad, and it is. Over 1000 people were slaughtered. However, the Lamanites saw that thy would not fight and their hearts were softened and they were converted to the Lord. Not just 2 or 3 either. It was more than the number of people killed. It is a perfect example of how the Lord's ways are not our ways and that his ways are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

Yesterday after the baptism we found out about transfers. Sister Nelson is leaving (sad day) and Sister Fraire and I will be training next transfer. It is going to be different, and I am excited, but nervous about it. I have had a gut feeling the last 2 or 3 weeks that I would be training this upcoming transfer. I haven't felt like I would be the best trainer and that other people would be better, but experience has taught me that everything happens for a reason. I am thankful for the trust the Lord has in me. :) I have a new trainers meeting on Wednesday.

I'm excited for Saturday! Elder Tad R Callister of the 70 is coming to speak to our entire mission. This means not only to I get to listen to a member of the 70, but I also get to see all my friends in the mission. Oh it's going to be a good day! :D I can hardly wait!!

I know this church is true and that the church helps us more fully live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon more than any other book. I can't read books multiple times, but I can read the Book of Mormon over and over again and I always learn something new. :) Because of my testimony of the Book of Mormon, I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored Christ's chruch back to the earth. Because the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was called of God I know this church is true. I love this talk by Elder Callister from the October 2011 conference titled "The Book of Mormon – a Book from God" Elder Callister said,

Years ago my great-great-grandfather picked up a copy of the Book of Mormon for the first time. He opened it to the center and read a few pages. He then declared, “That book was either written by God or the devil, and I am going to find out who wrote it.” He read it through twice in the next 10 days and then declared, “The devil could not have written it—it must be from God.”

Likewise, we must make a simple choice with the Book of Mormon: it is either of God or the devil. There is no other option. For a moment I invite you to take a test that will help you determine the true nature of this book. Ask yourself if the following scriptures from the Book of Mormon draw you closer to God or to the devil:

“Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3).

Or these words of a loving father to his sons: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation” (Helaman 5:12).

Or these words of a prophet: “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32).

Could these statements from the Book of Mormon have possibly been authored by the evil one? After the Savior cast out certain devils, the Pharisees claimed that He did so “by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” The Savior responded that such a conclusion was nonsensical: “Every kingdom,” He said, “divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every … house divided against itself shall not stand.” And then His compelling climax: “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:24–26; emphasis added).

If the foregoing scriptures from the Book of Mormon teach us to worship and love and serve the Savior (which they do), how can they be from the devil? If so, he would be divided against himself and thus be destroying his own kingdom, the very condition the Savior said could not exist. An honest, unbiased reading of the Book of Mormon will bring someone to the same conclusion as my great-great-grandfather, namely: “The devil could not have written it—it must be from God.”

The only way to know if the church is true and if the Book of Mormon really is the word of God is to test it out. So, if you haven't tested it out, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you already have, I would encourage you to reread the Book of Mormon to strengthen your own testimony of this great work. :) I would not still be on a mission if this wasn't the work of the Lord.

I love y'all! Thanks for all of your support and love! I know I wouldn't be able to do any of this without your prayers.
Love, Sister Record

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