What an incredible week this past week! I could spend all day writing about it, but unfortunately, I’ve already spent all of my email time typing up zone leader reports for MLC. Ugh. I can’t understand why anyone would want to be in mission leadership. haha.
Anyways, Camille and Charlotte McElroy were baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, my goodness. WHAT an experience! And I had the amazing opportunity to baptize 9 yr-old Charlotte. It was amazing! She might not have been thinking it at the time because it took 3 tries to get her under without her dress coming up, but it all worked out! I ended up having to put my elbow over the lower part of her dress and basically go under with her. I was almost wet up to my shoulders and everyone was laughing, but hey, it worked! It was just such a miracle that this all happened and the ward has been more than supportive. This baptism was definitely a team effort. In all, there were probably over half a dozen fellow-shipping families that had been closely involved with the teaching and baptism of the McElroy family and all came to support them. It was wonderful.
Also, remember that family that told us that we could return last week? the one that the Lindsays knocked into with us? Well, they are now investigating. We had a great first lesson on Friday and will be going over again this Friday as well.
And then, on top of all of that, a recent-convert/slightly less-active family has been bringing a family with them to church for three weeks now. Until yesterday, we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet with them…but they are now new investigators also.
Miracles are everywhere as we continue to put forth our faith in God and do our best to make His will our own. What a wonderful Gospel it is that we have!
I would like to end today by bearing my testimony on the role of members in missionary work. We (the missionaries) cannot do this work on our own! Well, we can, but it’s extremely difficult. I’ve tried. I’ve seen the difference that missionary-minded members can make in an area and it is, without question, one of the biggest factors in deciding how fast the work will bloom there. When we come together to partake of the Holy Sacrament, are we coming together as friends, united in a holy cause? Or are we instead coming together as something more like business associates? Colleagues, but no more? We cannot do that! Both missionaries and members need to work on this. Because when we do work together, miracles can happen. Like the McElroy’s baptism.
I love you all.
Faith and Honor,