Hello family! It has been a CRAZY but wonderful week!
C____ AND B______ GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Holy
cow... I love those girls. They are such choice spirits, and it was
such a JOY teaching them. They are golden, and totally prepared. I'm
so thankful Heavenly Father allowed me to be a part of their conversion.
The morning of their baptism, OF COURSE the water heater at our
building was out.... SO we had to boil water on the stove in the kitchen
and dump in pot after pot to try to warm it up a little! Haha... at
least there weren't ice cubes in the font. It was a miracle that they
could get baptized... With just about zippo support from either
parent... It breaks my heart. We went over a few days before the
baptism to their trailer to fill out some paperwork and teach them the
last few commandments, and there was such a negative spirit there. It
was a total mess, their father was smoking, swearing, and threatening
them.... It was really really sad. It amazes me that the children are
able to even smile or be happy EVER there! (They don't look too happy
in the picture, hahaha but they are HILARIOUS and always laughing and
smiling with us). I was pretty surprised their dad even signed the
paper to allow them to be baptized! Tender mercy! Those sweet girls
have a lot to deal with, but I know that their example has already and
will continue to inspire their father and mother to change.
I think I mentioned last week that the Senior Couple came! Elder and
Sister McClellan are A-W-E-S-O-M-E. They are so funny! SISTER
McCLELLAN IS HILARIOUS! Pretty sassy and always smiling! We've already
been able to go out teaching with them a few times. They rock! They
are just what our struggling little branch needs.
With them, we went
out and visited a few less-actives. At one of our visits to a
less-active family, I left my coat at their home, so I texted them and
said, "Oh no! I forgot my coat at your house! Could you bring it with
you to church on Sunday?"
TRAPPED! Hahaha it was a total accident, but it worked! That
less-active family came and stayed all three hours (and brought my coat
back for me ;)). Maybe it was meant to be.
Angola is the coolest at Christmas time. The "mound" where we live is
covered in lights and signs, and Christmas music is playing throughout
the day. You can't help but smile.
Christmas is in the air! We went
with Elder and Sister McClellan to a few community events that were
super fun. One was a "Bethlehem Marketplace" at this HUGE anti-Mormon
church. Haha it was very well done though! Members of their
congregation all dressed up and set up a Bethlehem town in their humongo
church that was very realistic. Roman guards would come up and brisk
you, warning you of the foolish talk of the "newborn king", and
demanding you pay your taxes! There were beggars and vendors who would
give you samples of figs and fresh bread and such. And of course, at
the end we made it to Jesus. Pretty neat! We also went to a Messiah
sing along at the Catholic church which was very well done.
It is soooooo stinkin' cold here! Usually in the teens, with a very
brisk breeze. The past few days have brought snow which is delightful
and makes it feel more like Christmas time.
I am SO thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is such a wonderful
opportunity we have to share our testimonies with all of those around
us. I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. That
because He loves us, He sent His son to set the perfect example, and to
provide a way for us to repent, be healed, and come back to live forever
in peace and joy in His presence with our families. I LOVE THIS
GOSPEL! I know that it is TRUE.
I love you all! Thanks for the letters and love and prayers. THEY ARE FELT.