The baptism of Cristie, Ashton, and Aiva Lucas was Saturday at 1:00 pm. It was such a spirit filled meeting. We were all touched by the Spirit and all left edified and uplifted. What was even more remarkable was the heavy and draining influence of the adversary the week of the baptism right up until the baptism. Elder Garrett and I both expressed that we had felt all kinds of opposition with baptisms in the past, but we had never experienced anything like this. There was so many negative things happening left, right, up, down; it affected both the family and the missionaries. It was crazy! Sister Lucas had even run into some severe anti-mormon literature that had shaken her up pretty bad a couple days before her baptism, but thanks to her wonderful will-power and the Spirit, she was able to hold out until the baptism and then Christ "healed her wounds." We were happy to all make it out alive :)
I am astounded by the fast pace work the Lord is performing here. It feels like every week we are led to more spectacular individuals who are thirsting for truth and to be a disciple of Christ. We found a wonderful man named Tyrone Cursey who is about 54 and solely desires to know truth and follow it. He is a slow, methodical thinker and is very in-tune with the Light of Christ. He is committed to be baptized on the 25th of April..
We also found a single mom who has three adorable boys and is a CNA. I will tell you right now, I have not seen an investigator with as much of the Light of Christ as she does. It flabbergasts me! Our first meeting with her was in a chaotic household and yet she told us all her needs up front and so we were able to teach directly to her needs and get right to business. We went back to answer some of her questions dealing with the Plan of Salvation. As we taught her about agency and our pre-earth life she had some amazing insights to God's plan and it blew our minds! After we were done teaching her she told us that she had been meeting with a life coach of a few years every week but was ready to let her go cause in one session we helped her more than the life coach did in a couple of years! We felt bad for the life coach, but happy that she is recognizing the Spirit. She committed to baptism and is going to be on a date this week.
Amanda has had a rough week with a bunch of things going wrong but recognizes that the adversary is working on her and that because she stopped reading and meeting with us for a week that she hasn't been as happy as she was before. She doing good and is still scheduled to be baptized for the. Her daughter, Sierra, is absolutely adorable! She sits in on the lessons and pulls out her bible and just reads while we talk with her mom. Brother Shipley had a change of heart this week and went from unsure about his baptism on the to know he is excited and is having one of his member friends from Arizona baptize him!
There are so many through-the-roof miracles here, Elder Garrett and I often feel unworthy and ask "Why me?" But we know that the Lord qualifies whom He calls so we just continue to seek for the Spirit and watch the miracles happen :) God is good. He is working tirelessly to save His children. I want to share a scripture with you all:
Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing. For ye are laying the foundation of a great work, and out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
I know that each one of us has a work do to. God works in small ways to bring about amazing things. We can do the same. Smile to those you pass by. Say hello and ask if people are having a good day. Give a hug to those you love and even those you associate with! These small things will lay the foundation for a great work.
I love you all! Thank you for your love and support. You all mean so much to me.