Hello everyone! I hope y'all had an awesome week this week. :)
The work is picking up! Thank goodness! :) Still don't have a lot to talk about, but I think I have more than what I had last week. :)
So, on Wednesday, we were out member tracting, and we ran into this Catholic lady, Terri. At first, she was a little brash and rude, quickly proclaiming that she was happily Catholic. We were all like "That's awesome! Are you active in the Catholic church?" and she responded yes, and then talked about her Irish heritage (SCORE!). Obviously, we started talking. She soon after apologized for sounding so rude, and she agreed to let us visit her later! And she agreed to try to read a little bit of the Book of Mormon! Whoohoo! That was pretty exciting. :) We also contacted a 12 year old girl, Taylor Babneau, who wants to be baptized! How exciting is that?! So we're hoping to get a hold of her parents and getting them involved too, because we know that Brother Babneau for sure is less-active, and we think his wife isn't a member. So it would be awesome if we could get them involved in the discussions as well. :) We also met a Recent Convert named Sue Pierce, and she's super sweet. :) She's getting ready to go to the temple soon!
Thursday through Saturday was sort of a blur. I finally got the music I needed for the Williams baptism Thursday evening, and when I looked over it, I think my eyes grew to the size of baseballs as I realized that the notes were going to be too high for me. I was praying for a miracle (or, more like I was praying for my mother who just automatically plays songs in a key I can sing).
So, I was in panic mode, thinking "OH MY GOODNESS!!! What am I going to do?!?! I'm not going to be able to have this prepared by the day of the baptism!!! I have no one to play, and I can't sing these notes!!" o_O
So the Holy Ghost prodded the back of my head to go see the Hansens, who we had eaten with a couple of days before. I figured it was at least a decent start-- Faith, the oldest daughter, can play the piano, so off we went.
Thankfully, when we reached the house and asked Faith, she agreed to play for us, and we starting running through. Turned out I could barely hit the notes, but it was definitely out of my range. Well, her dad, Brother Hansen, heard me screeching out the notes, and was like "oh no! We are NOT killing your voice!" So he comes over to the piano, tests out my vocal range, and then instructs me on how to transpose my music to the key of C! MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!! I was SO happy!!!
So I spent a lot of time on Friday and Saturday practicing for the baptism. But we had some breaks-- we had Zone Meeting (where I received revelation and rebuking as to how to make the last three months the best yet on my mission), we had a High Priest social where a guy came to talk about the different instruments used for bluegrass music (which was super cool--it was really enjoyable), and we helped Sister Trumayne weed out her front yard.
But it all boiled down to Saturday, 4:30 PM, when Sister Longhurst and I left our companions behind to go to Caldwell.
LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL GARY, AMANDA, AND TIM LOOK!!!!!! :D
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Isn't it so exciting?! :D I'm so proud of them all!!! The baptism went great, and it was a beautiful service. And even President and Sister Cannon came to see it! :D And I was able to sing my song well, and they all loved it. Thank goodness! Since they were the ones that asked for that particular song. On the way home, I almost cried--I could visualize them all going to the temple, dressed in white, to be sealed as a family. They have come so far, and they will continue to progress and grow. They are a little miracle family, and it will take them far in the gospel.
On a last note, we got one new investigator Sunday. Her name is Courtny Hauge. She has a friend how is on their mission right now, and he sends her little reading assignments. But she doesn't always understand what he sends her, so she wants our help in teaching her! We're going to go see her this Saturday. :) We're really excited. :)
Anyways, that's it for this week. It's been crazy, but it's been wonderful. I am so grateful for the time I had to teach the Williams, and that I could serve them for their baptismal service. And I'm grateful that they are on the path to return home to their Heavenly Father, and that Heavenly Father has allowed me to be a part of their return home.
I love you all, and keep building your faith!
(PS-- This is me and Sister Osburn, my companion. :) Thought you might enjoy a picture. :) )