This week we had the chance to start teaching a lot of new people, which is always great. A few really promising like [Redacted] and her son. We met her when we were making contacts in the street and she´s super awesome.
Wed we had zone conference. It´s the last ever for my mission president. It was awesome. It was like general conference. So spiritually enlightening. We´ll miss president Gonzaga a lot, but as he said changes are a good thing.
The biggest thig that happened this week was the baptism of [Redacted]. A baptism I NEVER thought would happen.
One of my first days in this area I thaught [Redacted] with her family. We met them when looking for an adress. We taught them and it went really well, but when I invited [Redacted] to be baptised she said what we hear pretty much every day “Ì was already baptised”. We continued teaching her family, but Bruna always said stuff like that and made it clear she was dedicated to her religion. I remember one time talking with my comnpanion and actually said that I was pretty sure she wouldn´t be baptised. hahaha
So any ways, she went to church a few times, but made it clear she didn´t want to be baptised. I kept teaching members of her family, but the focus was never on [Redacted].
Until about a week ago. Friday of last week we brought the Elders to her house to have a baptism interview with [Redacted]´s “Dad”. The Elders asked [Redacted] if she wanted to be interviewed too, but as usual she said “I was already baptised”. But the interesting new thing she said was that the Lord had shown her that the church is true, but she was already baptised and didn´t see the point in being baptised again.
I was super surprised to hear her say that. And it hit me that she hadn´t been home when we taught the rest of her family about the Restoration, and she didn´t hear about how the priesthood was restored.
We couldn´t stay to explain it that night, but we went back the next day and taught her about the Restoration. Focusing on how authority was lost, but restored. She liked the message a lot, and when I invited her to be baptised this time (for the first time) she said yes. I could not believe it. When we left her house I was freaking out, so excited and happy for her. Seriously I almost started crying I was so happy.
When we came back the next day she said she´d prayed about it and recieved an answer that she needed to be baptised. But she said that she would need time to prepare. I explained to her that she was already ready, and invited her to pray about being baptised Saturday.
We weren´t able to meet with her again until Thursday, and then we asked her what she thought about her baptism and she said she really wanted to be baptised, and asked me when the next baptism would be. I told her Saturday, and she agreed to be baptised that day.
It was amazing. Everything else went perfectly. The baptism was awesome, and I´m so happy for her.
It´s been an absolute blessing to help her reach this day, a day I never thought would occur. The work of the Lord is incredible, and can´t be stopped, even by incompetant missionaries 🙂
love you all,