Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I had a wonderful Christmas, we spent all day at members homes and it was just so much fun. It really is a special experience to be a missionary around Christmas because a lot of people are so much more open to hearing about our Savior.
So Christmas Miracles...
Well on Thursday, before we left for our first appointment we got on our knees and we prayed that we would be able to set up a baptismal date for this 9 year old girl whom we've been teaching for a while. When we would try to set up a date her parents wanted her to know everything before she got baptized. So we have been trying to meet with her at least 2 times a week and she walks to church by herself every Sunday. Most adults won't do that. Anyway... On Thursday when we went to their house, not even 5 minutes of us being there her mom comes out and tells us..."So if Jordan wanted to get baptized this Saturday could she?" And my companion were just like ya! So we taught her all of the commandments got her interview the next day and had her baptism on Saturday and her confirmation on Sunday. And all of her family came to support her, even those who are non members or less active. It was amazing. And it was so special!
Then that same Thursday we went to contact a referral and she became a new investigator and she said that she wants to get baptized some day. 
Then! For the past two weeks a man has come to church with his dad. He is from a different country, and speaks English perfectly. After gospel principles he came up to us and asked us if we could come and teach him the lessons. So Sunday night we went to his house and we told him that we will be asking him to read the Book of Mormon and that at the end of the lesson we will be inviting him to be baptized. He stopped us and told us that two years ago his dad (who is from Utah) came to visit him and talked to him about the church and he told us that he was already reading the Book of Mormon and that he has prayed to know if it's true and he knows that it is and that he already knows that he wants to get baptized. We didn't even know what to say. We were just like, okay how do we go on with this lesson now... were usually trying to persuade others to read the Book of Mormon and pray, but he's already done it. 
When things like this happen I just think about how blessed I am to be able to meet my amazing Brothers and Sisters who are searching for the truth.

So on Sunday we had to teach the 5th lesson with the ward missionaries (Bro. Theres only one and the Ward Mission Leader) Anyway it went really well. But one of the members of the bishopric got up and taught us a little about faith. And on the board he wrote "Faith" and he asked us what it meant. Then he added "ful" "faithful" And he asked what that meant. It means to keep doing something. He gave this definition, "It is when our faith drives us to action and our action keeps our faith." He then put "faithfulness" And adding the "ness" is the quality of our faithful. Are we groaning when we do our callings and reading our scriptures or praying. Or our we doing it with a joyful heart. I hope this makes sense I had to think about it a little while after he shared it. Anyway our lesson was called SPF 15 and the slogan was. "Spirit, Prayer, Faith and 15 minute scripture study help me be a better missionary." 

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

I love you all! Thank you for the prayers! 

Sister Swain

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