Friday, August 5, 2011

Fernando's getting baptized

The biggest news of the week is....................................
FERNANDO IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!! I am so super excited! I don't even know what I'll be like when it's actually real! haha. But the lesson that he agreed to be baptized was so awesome. The Spirit was really strong. We are getting way better at following the Spirit even in Spanish. We totally drifted from our lesson plan, but it was what he needed to hear and he has a baptismal date for the 27th!!! Even though it's just a mock thing, I am so happy! We are the first in our class to get an investigator to commit to a date, so we are trying really hard to not be prideful. haha
On Monday, we had a pretend Sacrament Meeting with another investigator, Edmundo (just talks and hymns) since we had all invited him to come to church. I had to give a 10 minute talk on the Atonement and was really worried about it in Spanish, but it actually went really well. Definitely a blessing from the Lord.
This week, the Tuesday Devotional was with Elder Lund and we got to sit right down in the front row, center seats!!! That's because at the fireside on Suday, they asked Hna Hill and I to move (no big deal) but then they said that we would be able to for sure find a seat Tuesday. We didn't know that meant front and center! haha. It was awesome though. The devotional was all about faith. He outlined the necessary steps for faith and shared lots of really inspiring stories. The thing that just kept coming back to me is that sometimes we have to take a step into the dark, trusting that The Lord will turn the light on. That is really difficult to do, but that is the trial of our faith. It doesn't always mean some terrible hardship, but it does mean doing something difficult and striving to do the will of the Lord, even when we don't know why He is asking something so hard or how to do it. I want to be like Nephi, moving forward, not knowing beforehand the things that I should do and then let the Lord guide my steps.

I have 6 minutes left, so I can share this experience after all. I had my testimony of prayer strengthened. This week, we started a thing called Zone Teach where we pretend to be investigators for each other. One of my teachers, Bro Marlor had me come up and give a demonstration, and at the end, I had to give a prayer as though I was an investigator and for some reason, I felt really weird about it and I was afraid that I had done something wrong. It really ate at me, and I prayed and said that I knew that this was The Lord's program so to please help me find peace. The next day, I felt even worse. I felt that I needed to talk to my other teacher. He does a thing called coaching study with a companionship each day, but I knew that he wasn't planning on talking to us. I prayed that I would somehow be able to talk to him and had lots of faith. Then, when we got to class, our names were on the board for CS!!! We went, and I told him about my worries and he helped SO much. He said that it was hard for him at first too, because prayer is such a sacred thing, but then he realized that the prayer COULD be real and could be from him, Bro Leishman, not him, Mr. Investigator. He helped so much! He told me after that he put another companionships name up and then prayed before starting class and had the impression that he needed to talk to me. I KNOW that Heavenly Father answers prayers, even when it's just something simple. I love Him!
I love you all. I love the Gospel. I want the whole world to have it. Pray for missionary opportunities and then go out and BE BOLD!!! The Lord can't direct our path if we aren't even moving our feet.
Hermana Shelley

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