Happy Victoria Day from Canada! Here, we like to celebrate the birthdays of dead Queens :) Haha the funny thing is Queen Victoria's birthday is May 24th so the holiday rarely ever lands on her birthday. It's a great way to get work off and spend time with family!
So some GREAT things happened this week! First off, A... was baptized on Sunday! He is so amazing. We have loved getting to teach him. We really didn't do a single thing. His testimony was already engrained in him and he just needed Prerequisite lessons to do something he has already been prepared to do. He is prepared and will be an amazing member of Christ's church! And he is so happy he found it. He has often said "It just makes sense" and "I just can't believe it took me 50 years to find it!" and "this is the perfect time for me. Twenty years ago I would NOT be listening to all this right now." We did a service project for a community church this week. He came with the Bishop and we all spent an hour rolling silverware (haha I can't seem to get away from it!) A... is HILARIOUS. You just laugh when you are with him. He was deathly sick pretty much with Pneumonia but he wasn't going to miss his baptism. Because of the holiday, no one was able to come pretty much. Not counting us and Adam, there were eight people there to support. A... loved it because he didn't want there to be a lot of people - he's awesome. But the spirit was so strong when he was baptized. Great times.
And G... was finally confirmed!!!! We called him in the morning and were NOT going to let him fall back asleep. So while we were still on the phone with him, we had him get out of bed, walk over to the sink, turn on the faucet so we could hear it, and walk downstairs to open and close the front door haha. He was REALLY happy afterwards which was so good to see. He is loving the Book of Mormon right now. He is so awesome, he just tends to need a little push - or a BIG push. And Sister Gillins and I are totally willing to do that haha. It's been so much fun. I LOVE MY COMPANION!!!
So M... is doing great. He sets aside two hours every day to read the Book of Mormon and write down notes. He hasn't received a confirmation and wants to because he feels that that will help him get rid of the desire to smoke. We stopped our lesson with him on Tuesday and focused on how he could receive an answer through prayer and pondering. We invited him to pray and afterwards, to pay attention to the thoughts, feelings and impressions he receives. We told him we would be silent until he broke the silence so that he could focus and ponder. After his fervent prayer to quit smoking, we literally sat in silence for five minutes while he knelt with his eyes closed. There was a peace that filled the room, and it felt so good and lingered for a while even after we left his house - the spirit was totally there. He told us he didn't feel anything different which is okay because he WILL!!! I know he will. But that was a testimony to me that the Lord can and will answer our prayers with the spirit when we are willing to not just ASK but LISTEN for an answer. What an experience :)
So LISTEN TO THIS! We have been teaching this wonderful girl named K.... She is engaged to and living with a less-active named J..... She is the sweetest girl with the cutest little 5 year old boy ever and she wants we be baptized so badly. We taught her the Law of Chastity on Friday. She is set and ready to live it, she talked to J..., and after a couple days we got a text from K... saying "The wedding is on for Tuesday night at 7 :)" .... WHAT?!?!?!?! We got SO EXCITED. She is willing to do whatever it takes. They have been staying at J...'s parents house right now in different rooms for the time being. We are a little sad though because J.... can't find his Berth Certificate and he needs it for the marriage license so they won't be able to be married tonight. BUT THEY WILL FIND IT!!! I know it. I just love seeing people's examples of making changes in their lives. I am so grateful for all of them!!
Lots of times when I don't know what to say to someone in a lesson, I just sing a song instead haha.
While tracting and contacting throughout this week, we were told that we have been "brain-washed into this and wake up and go home", I was pushed away because I was in someone's personal bubble space, and we were chastised for contacting on a street in between two funeral homes (completely unintentional haha) - all experiences like that ended with a little chuckle as we walked away. You gotta love missionary work :)
Well I love you all so much. I love this gospel! I hope you all remember the love that Heavenly Father has for you. If you don't, then PRAY! Because He is there and He will answer if we will LISTEN. Make it a great week and know that I love and pray for you all the time!