Friday, April 8, 2016

Week 7...what?! (April 4 email)

For some reason Sister Bergstrom & I have been extremely blessed in both our areas lately. We can't think of any rhyme or reason except for the fact we're trying our hardest every day, allowing ourselves to be instruments in the hands of the Lord, & boy, is He bringing about great things!

Last week I told of the miraculous story of meeting Genie & Murray. Well, we taught them this week & set a baptismal date with them. They really want to be baptized. Murray is 19 & has autism. He said such a sweet & heartfelt prayer, like he was talking to his father. He also added in some questions that are near & dear to his heart such as: please help us find the new species from Noah's ark & that God will guide us in our dreams. It was probably my favorite prayer I've ever heard. We had a good lesson with them Saturday evening about prophets & invited them to watch Conference on Sunday. Genie told us she watched the afternoon session & really liked the messages but didn't understand who the seven or twelve are...haha

I don't remember if I wrote last week, but as we were heading home from institute on Thursday we got a call from Cassandra (a member in YSA) telling us her friend, Crystal wants to take the lessons. So Tuesday we had a lesson with them at the institute building & it was AMAZING! We taught the Restoration & she said "This HAS to be true!" We set a baptismal date for April 23 which just so happens to be her 29th bday! We've had a couple other lessons & they've gone amazing as well. She is SO prepared. She even watched both sessions of General Conference on Saturday at the institute building.

Jane is still Jane & is progressing toward baptism for this week. If all goes well, she'll be baptized on Saturday! She LOVED Conference this weekend. She watched Saturday morning by herself & we watched Saturday afternoon at her house.

We finally had a lesson with Toni in YSA, who has been a potential for a couple months, but has been way too busy to meet with. She & her roommate are going through difficult things right now & really wanted to meet with us. We taught them about the Atonement & baptism. They both committed to be baptized in May. :)

We found out this week that Michael was moving, but just to another part of Apple Valley. We brought up the YSA ward & he said that sounded cool, so we passed him off to the elders to teach him. 

We had MLC this week & it was so great! This month we're studying chapter 4 of PMG, recognizing the Spirit. 
We had a really nice dinner with a VERY less active member, Jessica. I might've mentioned her before. Her husband is a nonmember & active catholic. 

Well, my last thought for the week is about General Conference. So many good talks, so much spirit felt this whole weekend as we listened to Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ speak to us. I LOVED President Uchtdorf's talk about reaching out to God & obedience. Also, Elder Hales's talk about the Holy Ghost, so good! And of course Elder Holland's. But this time I didn't just LOVE his talk, but it hit me pretty hard & comforted me with some concerns I've been having lately about going home. But I know that the Lord blesses those who want to improve. 

Well, this is the final email before the beginning of my last transfer in the mission. I'm looking forward to see what this new transfer has to offer. Take care!
xoxo Sister Viraldo

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