JUSTIN AND STACEY WERE MARRIED AND BAPTIZED!!! Thank you so much for your prayers and faith, because everything went so well this weekend!!! (AND THIS WEEK ahhhh!) It honestly was definitely one of the highlights of my mission! I sat there watching everything on Saturday thinking, "Is this real life?" After tears, sweat, fasting, mighty prayer...ahhhhhhh, all of that good stuff...they sealed the deal, and then made their first covenant with our Heavenly Father! They looked more confident and calm than we've ever seen them, and yes the wedding was sweet, but the BAPTISM!!! The whole focus was the baptism (which was the cool part) and the spirit was stronger than you can even imagine! There were so many non members (some who even came to church yesterday as a result:)) but wow...the ward made it such a big deal, and the day was just the most special thing ever! I just cried as I stood back, aside from everyone and thought about this family...they have come soooo far! They have made the largest change I have ever seen in anyone! They went from being completely broken...to now having a different look and glow, a different feeling in the home, more love for one another (like they are actually nice to each other now;), to having family prayer, and family home evening...I just sit here in Complete awe for my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ...they are the reason this family has made the change they have! They did it...all of it! I honestly feel so humbled to have watched the conversion take place within them...sweetest thing ever!
Today I was reading in the book of Mormon about when Alma and Amulek are working together like the greatest team (member and missionaries) and how Amulek is testifying to his people about the fact that the only reason some of the wicked have been spared, is because of the "Prayers of the righteous"...and honestly...your prayers, because you are righteous, are SAVING AND CHANGING LIVES over here in Kwinana!!! Thank you. thank you. Thank you!!! Many of your prayers were answered this week, and we were led to A LOT of new investigators who are just so elect! One of them named BRIAN ;) (Aussie in this late 40's) was standing outside his house as we were passing by. We began to talk with him, ended up sitting down for a lesson, and WOW!!! We taught the restoration and he cried as he said he knew it was true, and that this was exactly what he needed right now in his life! He said that he has tried repenting and has felt it help, but hasn't felt completely forgiven of his sins...so we told him about Baptism and the beautiful gift of the remission of our sins that comes from it, and he committed to be baptised! He came to church yesterday and were telling the members (who told us) that when he saw us missionaries walking towards him (the day we met him) there was this light around us and that he knew we had something he needed. cool to just hear that the Lord is preparing his children and allowing them to come into the gospel by using us missionaries, weak and nothing compared to Him, to just introduce His teachings, to His children!
Then not only Brian...but another woman from the Cook Islands has been prepared by the Lord. We biked over, taught the restoration,(which was, oh my goodness...so special! The spirit was so strong she told us after explaining Joseph Smith's first vision, "I feel like I want to cry" ;)) and then by the end, accepted Jesus Christ's invitation to be baptized! Seriously...how blessed are my companion and I? We feel so blessed to just see miracle after miracle- the Lord truly is Omnipotent!
Last miracle I Would love to share is...ahhh, I want to cry just thinking about it...but really special! This family (from America- woohoo) consists of dad (who is a less active member), mom (who is a non member-but obviously grew up around Mormons) and their 2 sweet kids. K....., let me tell you first...they are pretty much already Mormon. These parents are the greatest things ever and have the best family. Well we got in their home and decided to teach the powerful message of the restoration and just give a FAIR SHOT at hearing the restored message of Jesus Christ, .......we taught the lesson (ahhh sooo cool!) and then invited Sabrina (non member mom) to pray and ask Heavenly Father if what we had shared was true......she knelt down (and so did the whole family) and for the first time she prayed out loud in front of her husband and so SWEETLY AND INTENTLY ASKED, "Is the Church of Jesus Christ true? and......Is Joseph Smith a true prophet?"...the spirit flooded the room when she asked those direct questions. She finished as we asked..."How do you feel?" She said :) :) :) "Really good.." (paused) "and light!" We had a mini freak out inside and wanted to just cry!!! The spirit was so strong and it brought them to church yesterday! I guarantee she will be baptized soon (please pray for her) and then be sealed in the temple shortly;)! They have the greatest potential!
I love KWINANA!!!! AND I LOVE THIS WORK! XOXO
p.s Sam (our sweet recent convert) is speaking at stake conference next month!!! ahhhh we seriously have the coolest friends here and I am so grateful that I have been able to see many of their conversions take place!!! Best thing ever!