This one is awesome. Enough said. They have worked so hard in this area and he was so afraid he wouldn't be there to see these baptisms. Tender mercies prevailed and it all fell into place. Enjoy, this just may be the best one yet...Hola Familia! I have many many pictures to send, but I have a virus on my card, so I am working on that to send pictures. but let me start off by saying how great my week went with Elder Gomez! We had many many ups and downs, but it was all worth it. Well, if you all remember our investigator named Karla, she has the two kids. She went last week to our baptism and she really liked it. She has read everything we have given her and she has beencoming to church. but with the baptism, she was hesitant. On the day of Wednesday, we visited her and she completley changed. It is like over night she had a testimony. Just like that click in your mind. She now knows it is all true. So we set her baptism date for saturday. Well we were all excited, she had her baptism intreview friday....and didnt pass. So. Elder Gomez, Karla and I were really sad. There is a rule about the word of wisdom and she had drank a cup of coffee the day before. But she was ready to leave it for this Gospel. So the district leader had moved the baptism for the next week...which I wouldnt be here because I am pretty sure I am leaving. So, we were all pretty sad. but that night we picked her up with members for a noche de barrio and you could tell she was just down. So I decided to call the Assistent to the Prez beacause he was my old Zone Leader and he is super tight. So I called him, and he gave us permission for her to be baptized Sunday!!!!! When we told her she burst out in tears. Wow. It really hit me hard when she was crying. This sister couldnt wait another week for baptism. She truly was converted and it was one of the coolest expereinces I have had yet. but wait there is more. on Thursday night. the family that gave me cake for my birthday, well the dad and kid arent members and we have been working with them alot. Well, we had a lesson where we showed the story of John Tanner from the doctirine and coventetns dvds. We had a very spirtual lesson with this family, they want to have an eternal family, and all that was missing was the dad and the 13 year old kid. They have been to church before, but never had been interested in baptism. but with us we have gotten to know them and we testified of families and the blessings of this gospel to familes. So they too wanted to be baptized sunday. and this time, no problems with the interview!!! So sunday, we had three baptisms in our ward. I baptized Karla and Joel, the kid and Elder Gomez baptized the dad. It was an amazing meeting! Karla was crying very hard with her testimony and knows that we were intruments in the hands of the Lord for her to be saved. She was going through a really hard time and we found her just the right day at the right time. Boom. I love it. That is why I am here.
I will also include messaging back and forth I was able to be on with him. I can not explain how excited I was for him. He was so bummed thinking he was not going to be there. I told him I prayed hoping he would be there, but honestly, I didn't think it would happen. I guess my faith wasn't as strong as it should have been. The Lord knew he needed to be there and He saw that it happened. Now he can move on and know that "All is Well" I love him so much and as I was looking at these pictures I started to cry as I realized how sad it must be to know that he is moving on. Wayne told me this is how it is. And yet, he will be fine. I am sure that is how Heavenly Father must feel all the time knowing that he has to watch us move on. I am learning so much through these boys and their missions. I am forever grateful for their sacrifice, for it is through them, I too am growing.
MOM: You look so good in WHITE! I'm so proud of you. See all those efforts have paid off. It sometimes takes time. Always in the Lord's time. She will be stalwart. Was President Swapp there, too? I am sure he is so pleased with you and Elder Gomez. What a great beginning to his mission. You're a great trainer!!!
Love you! Go get em'
Elder Clayton:: no he wasnt but he was ther right before, he had to leave though! but its all good! Love you so much mom! ah man. this ward is super tough too. So we had our baptism on sunday at 4:30, we invited everyone with 3 days notice. We called the bishop and the bishopric and we had the wife of a ounselor for a pianisita and 4:30 comes around, and no one shows up! Karla, Joel and Joel (the dad) are all here waiting. We had more support from another ward that helped us out alot. I called the bishop and he told me he couldnt make it. freaking sad if you ask me. Three new members! Two with the priesthood and Karla who is now a solid member. it was hard, but we did it
With President & Sister Swapp he loves and respects this man and his wife so much.
Looking forward to this next week's email as he will be in a new area. I pray that all will continue as it as before and if nothing else, that his smile will be as big and broad as it has always been in the pics. It is at this time I will go to my go to scripture Moroni 10:23; if ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me. And I do...