What a week! We are seeing a steady increase of the work in the South Bend ward. There are miracles happening everyday and the people we are working with are being changed by the Spirit. We also have been able to bond more and more with the ward, they are considered family already. The central lesson Elder Porter and I have learned these past two transfers is that we must be obedient and do all we can, then just sit back and watch God do His work. We can't make miracles happen, we can only help set the stage for them.
Speaking of miracles, the transfer scripture President Cleveland sent out this transfer was an answer to our prayers. We have had this goal of three baptisms since the beginning of last transfer and worked our tails off to reach it. At the end of last transfer I kept having the feeling that "we aren't going to see 3 baptisms this transfer but the next transfer" and so I just went with the flow and we kept working hard. Well we continue to pray for 3 baptisms and keep working to reach that goal and when we read Enos 1: 12 which says:
"And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith."
As we finished reciting the scripture, Elder Porter and I both looked at each other and were feeling the same thing! We both knew that the Lord was telling us that our prayers would be answered in His own time and that we just had to keep being faithful and follow His will each and every day. Then for companion study Elder Porter randomly decided to read Alma 37 and there were multiple verses telling us the same thing! Super cool experience.
Our investigators are on the upward slope. Maria ALMOST came to church yesterday. We brought the bishop's wife to our lesson and she was PERFECT for Maria. They talked for a while after we left and Bishop's wife told Maria that she would pick her up for church and would come help her get ready if she would like (cause Maria is old :). Well Maria ended up having to take her daughter to the hospital that night and ended up staying there to help her so we didn't get to see her at church :( but we know that she will come soon.
We are starting to teach a young family, Maurice and Racine. They are reading the Book of Mormon together and at the end of our lesson Racine gave the closing prayer and said "Lord, we feel already that this is the path that you want us to take." and also said "We are grateful that you had us talk to Elder Porter as he walked up to our house even though we didn't want to at first." SO COOL! They have three little ones and will be a huge blessing to the ward when they are baptized.
Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, live. They are performing a great work here on earth. They are training their children to live the eternal life that is prepared for us. Opposition may ensue, but the war has already been won between good and evil. It is a honor to serve in the Lord's army.