Well I got to say, this has definitely been the most insane week of my mission... 7 beautiful souls were baptized into the Crossroads ward this last Saturday and 4 more amazing individuals will be baptizedinto the Crossroads ward. The Lord is moving at an exponential rate. It was such an amazing experience to see all those people get baptized last Saturday. In the evening baptism, we had to use Skype in the chapel so everyone could see the baptism! You can tell this strengthened the ward and hopefully they can receive and retain all their new converts. Our focus for the rest of this transfer and next transfer is to get all our converts taking names to the temple and get their patriarchal blessings. We feel that this will help secure these new converts' testimonies. I feel so humbled and privileged to be able to take part in such an awesome miracle.
These are the people who were baptized last Saturday (*investigators we taught):
Freddie Aldana Jr. (Cutest Hispanic down syndrome guy ever! He has a heart of gold.)
SyRaine Crawford(Sounds like "Sir-ryan")
Annalise Ireland (Brightest young girl, she waited to get baptized until her dad returned to activity so he could baptize her.)
*Lacoyla Wood (Spunky Black lady with an attitude haha :)
*Demetri Gaskin (Coolest 11 year old, he is definitely going on a mission when he gets older)
Robert Miller (Wife is a member, has been investigating for years. Cool guy!)
Tonya Snapp (Been investigating for about 8 to 9 months, awesome.)
Please pray for all of them, become a new member is often very difficult so they need all the spiritual power they can get!
These are the four people getting baptized:
*Eugene Songor (From Liberia, Africa. One of the coolest/kindest individuals I have ever met. He has so much Christlike love it is ridiculous! His mom is a recent convert and he moved over to the states to get money to help with a deprived childrens program over in Africa. His mom started the program)
Tim Hicks (A miracle story with him. His parents came over from China and went to IU for school then just decided to stay. He has such a strong desire to follow God and change his life around. He is a prime example of how humble we should all be. I got the privilege of being one of the missionaries to teach him the first lesson. So COOL!)
Kiara Ray (Daughter of a part member family, very solid.)
Kaylanna Ray (Sister of Kiara)
It has been so wonderful getting to focus on all of these people and getting to take part in so many of their conversions.
Other than that, Elder Garrett and I have been so busy we come home every night and pass out. We seriously have never been this busy before in our lives... We are doing good though :)
I just want to leave my testimony to all of you:
God Lives. The message that the missionaries share with everyone is true. I have experienced what this message can do for myself and I know deep down inside me that this is the truth. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Joseph Smith is His prophet in these last days. The Book of Mormon is true. It changes lives, it has changed mine and continues to change me everyday. I have seen the power of the Book of Mormon lift people out of the dreariest of circumstances as they read from it's pages with a prayerful and humble heart. It gives us the answers to questions we have all yearned for at one point in our life or another. We are God's children and He loves us. He wants the best for us and if we follow His commandments we will be blessed. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's true church once again established on the earth today and it changes bad men to good men, and good men to better men.
I love you all so much! Thank you for all that you do for me. Your love and support keeps me going.