Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014 - It's a Monday

Well, it's Monday again.  It's amazing how the weeks always circle back to Monday, don't ya' think?

So!  On Thursday, we taught the Babbs the Gospel of Christ.  It went really well!  Will asked tons of good questions, as always.  And at the end of the lesson, we invited him to be baptized.

The verdict?

Well.... it wasn't exactly a yes.  He talked about his friend, and as much as he loved this friend, he was LDS and a little pushy sometimes.  So he basically said "give me time."  So it wasn't a "no" either.

He'll eventually say yes.  I know it.  He just needs time.

However!  We do have a baptism date. :)

Guess who it is?  Just guess.

It's MARY!!!!!!!!  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D 

I can't even BEGIN to tell you how excited I am to have a bap date for Mary!!!!!

So, here's what's been going on with Mary.  It really is nothing short of a miracle.  She had tried to quit smoking, but ended up relapsing, right?  Well, about a month and a half ago, she was pulled over for a DUI and was put in jail, and we had no idea when she was going to come out, we just knew that her court date was going to be June 4.

Well, on the 6th, we get a call from Mary, saying that she was home, and that she wanted to talk to us.  So, we set an appointment to see her at 2:30, and even skipped lunch for zone meeting to get back to Emmett in time to see her.

I have never seen her so happy.  And she gave us the whole story.  She had no idea why she was drinking that day- she just was. And so she got arrested and went to jail.  While there, she completely quit smoking, and she said that when she left, she tried a cigarette, and that it tasted awful to her!  But that's not all-- when she went to court, the system couldn't find her past records, which could have put her in jail for another 6 months.  With firm determination, she said that she never wanted to go back to jail.  She feels too old to be in and out of it, is tired of how dirty they are, and hates that there was nothing religious for her to read-- not even a bible for her.  And she told us-- "I'm really ready for baptism".  So, we went over the baptismal questions with her, and set a tentative date for June 28 (which could change due to family trips and Bishop Bevan wanting to be there, but we have something set!).  I am just so excited for her!  Like I said, I have never seen her this happy, this sound, and this determined.  It's like our faith in her is finally starting to pay off.  I'm really hoping for the best for her.  She even came to church on Sunday!  (Will apparently was too, but they went up to Horseshoe Bend, so we didn't actually see him.)

Trying to think of anything else really noteworthy....


Nope.  Not this week.

Sorry, I know this one is short, but it was a good week; an uplifting one.  Many, many, prayers have been said over Mary, and it's a blessing to finally see her at this stage.

Next week might be more exciting though- the Cherry Festival is this week, so this could be a really busy week or a really slow week. We'll see.

And food for thought: I've been studying Genesis, and have been reading the story of Abraham.  There's this interesting story the chapter before he has to sacrifice Issac where the Lord commands him to cast out his son, Ishmael.  And Abraham does that.  It sort of made the sacrifice of Issac even.... bigger to me.  I am continually amazed by how much Abraham was willing to sacrifice for the Lord, and I hope to be the same.

Anyways, I love you all, and keep moving on!


Sister Empey

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