Well, this week was exciting! Cute Gabby, our little nine year old investigator, had a baptismal date for NEXT Saturday and then we went over on Tuesday and she was dead set determined on being baptized this last Saturday, so we squished a lot of lessons into a few days and she was baptized! It was so sweet and so special. One of the neatest miracles that came from it was that her non-member Grandma and Aunt came and really liked it. We got a text from Gabby's mom on Sunday afternoon saying that her mom (the non-member) wanted us to come over and eat. She noticed how much we loved Gabby and wanted to thank us. So we went over last night and had dinner and then asked if there was a time that we could come over and have an FHE with everyone. The grandma said yes and invited us to come over again tomorrow for dinner and family night. SO COOL!
My companion is doing great. She amazes me. This last week she wrote a cute note to an investigator of the YSA Elders (Brenda, friends with some members of the Spanish Branch) and then gave it to her during conference on Saturday. Brenda came to our baptism later that night, beaming! We asked her how the rest of her day had gone
Although Spanish can sometimes be frustrating for her, all of the members and our investigators LOVE her. It is amazing. It is because she, herself, is so full of love. One of our investigators said it perfectly. He said that it doesn't matter how well she speaks, just one word, your name, "siiii", or anything else with her enthusiasm can make you feel like a different person. Her enthusiasm and happiness are contagious and she is a powerful influence for good. I have a lot to learn from her and I am very grateful for her determination and dedication to this work and to doing her best in whatever she is asked.
General Conference. Okay. Wow. SO GOOD. There were a few talks that really stood out to me. One of my questions was to know how I can teach in a way that will lead to conviction. The first talk that stood out to be was Elder Packer's. He said something along the lines of, "Our end vision is to have men and women happy at home with their children, bound and sealed in the temple." It was a theme that I noticed in several other talks as well. I felt very inspired and prompted to invest more in finding, teaching, baptizing, and sealing families in the temple. Whether it be less active families or friends of members, my new vision is like Elder Packer said, "Men and women happy at home with their children, sealed in the temple."
I am so grateful for our general authorities and for their inspiration and guidance. I sustain, support, and pray for them.
Families are forever! How amazing is that?! :)