Dear Friends and Family,
Happy Easter and general conference! We had an incredible, miracle filled weekend and I hope you all did as well.
A couple weeks ago, this random Hispanic guy showed up to church. He seemed to know what was going on and knew where to get translation and where the classes were, as we were talking to him though we discovered he is not a member, and has come to church a few times in the past. So we quickly got his contact information to set up a future appointment.
He called us this week, and we met with him at the church on Tuesday. He loves to talk, and we barely got a word in edgewise, because he likes to be a bit dramatic in his story telling. We did however set up an appointment with him again on Thursday. We met again at the church, and tried to teach the plan of salvation, and he had so many questions about the fall and about the premortal life, we barely got anywhere, and he kept interrupting and going off on tangents. I was just praying for patience and charity to understand him, to understand the Spanish and to understand his questions, because I felt that once he felt like we understood we would be able to have a meaningful discussion. We had already been there an hour and a half and were trying desperately to wrap up the lesson, and he said "wait I just have two more short questions." The first was a question about why someone called him an investigator when he came to church, so we quickly explained. Then he said "and I was wondering, I feel like my time has finally come and I am ready to make changes, what are the requirements for someone to be baptized into your church?" Now, if my jaw didn't literally touch the floor when it dropped open, it was pretty close. We turned to the baptismal requirements laid out in Doctrine and Covenants, and invited him to be baptized, and he said yes! It was so crazy, we never would have thought toextend that invitation in that lesson, and I was immediately so grateful that we had patiently listened to come to understand his desires.
Yesterday between sessions of general conference, we had a potluck for the Hispanic members. We invited this investigator to come, and he came, as well as brought one of our members who needed a ride. It's a pretty big day when you have investigators giving members rides to church haha.
Another miracle was no one had signed up nor offered to feed us Easter dinner, and we were pretty sad, and praying all week that someone would have us over. We got one invitation on Saturday that fell through a half hour later, but then on Saturday night we stopped by a members house to borrow some sugar to make something to take to the potluck, and we were talking to them about conference and stuff and they said "and where are you having Easter dinner tomorrow?" And we kind of sheepishly looked at eachother and said "well, just at the apartment" and they said "What?! No one is having you over? Well you're coming here, we have plenty of food, and we would love to have you." So we had someplace to go for Easter dinner, which was a pretty significant miracle for us. And it was delicious Alma 31:38 says "And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst."
Conference was seriously so incredible, and I received so much personal help and guidance for questions I have, and I am so excited about the many changes occuring right now. I am grateful for modern day revelation and a living prophet to guide us to help us continue to grow and be better at loving one another. What an exciting time to be alive!! I would encourage all of you to 1. Watch conference, especially the Sunday Morning session 2. Once you do that, or if you've already watched conference, set one goal, prayerfully choose just one thing you are going to change, one way you are going to be different because of the things you learned this weekend. We all have a long way to go, we all have a lot of Christlike attributes yet to develop, but I know we can take those steps one at a time, and we will receive heavenly help along the way. Let us "settle it in [our] hearts, that [we] will do the things which [he] shall teach and command [us]" And always remember to follow the prophet, he knows the way!
I love you all! Happy Easter!
1. Bob, our friend from Salvation army, is leaving to go start his own restaurant, but he promised to make us barbecue cake someday
2.3.4. General conference potluck, and a cute family who came yesterday, they just got here a few months ago from Ecuador
5. Joint teaching with Rachel, who just got back from her mission in Africa
6. Easter Dinner, with our favorite dog, Bingley!! (Bonus points if you can tell me what literary reference his name is)