Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 41: Gotta Love Surprise Baptisms

Surprise! Adriana was baptized YESTERDAY!! We went over Wednesday to go over the baptismal interview questions and to set up a date for her baptism. She changed her job, so she is able to go to church Sunday mornings, but still works Sunday evenings. This was going to be a problem, because our stake asks us to hold baptisms on Sunday's . Anyway we arrived at her house, and as we're sitting down she told us that she has this Sunday completely off work and asked if she could be baptized then. Well of course she could!! We got everything put together super quick and the baptism was beautiful, like they always are. Her husband Miguel was able to baptize her, and she was just beaming the whole time.

Now rewind a little because miracle #2 was going on at the exact same time. Sunday after church we decided to go see an investigator named Inocencia. We have just seemed to have bad communication with her and she'd been hard to get a hold of, so we decided to stop by. Lucky for us she was there with her husband and her sister-in-law and we taught them the plan of salvation. We asked them what they usually do Sunday's, and they were like oh nothing really. Which is the perfect answer because that means they can come to church! Church was already over for the day, so we invited them for the next week. But wait hold up! We had a baptism in a couple hours!! We invited them to that, and they said they would come! Okay, so as missionaries people tell us they're going to do a lot of things that they don't actually do. So when we got a text at 6:00 from Inocencia telling us they were here we almost fell out of our chairs. The whole family came and sat on the front row so they had a perfect view of Adriana's baptism. Afterwards we were able to show them around the church building with the ward mission leader. They loved it, and said for sure they are coming to church next Sunday. We are on cloud nine.

Let's rewind a little bit more for miracle #3.... Oscar Reyes. Last week I mentioned how a member showed up to church and brought her non-member husband. Well we have gone to teach him twice this week and wow is he literally the most prepared person I have ever met. We had members with us both times, and they both said the same thing: that this man has truly been prepared by the Lord. He came to church with his wife who is a member. She came here from Mexico about a year ago, but we never had her records or anything and she had never been to church until general conference last week. They also came to the baptism, and Oscar told us that he felt "something really special" or in Mormon terms, the Spirit :) Turns out though that the wife, Shela, will probably have to be baptized again because her records are no where to be found! The ward clerk looked for hours and hours, and nada. Oscar admitted that he's secretly happy Shela's records are lost so that they can get baptized together haha. President Drake has made a specific promise to us missionaries here in the Houston East mission that if we study and apply Preach My Gospel every day that people will be coming to find US wanting to be baptized. Well, needless to say we've been studying like crazy for the past five months or so and the people are coming!! The Lord keeps every promise. Alma 37:17. D&C 82:10.

I could go on forever. This week was crazy. But here's just a few more tidbits from the week:

--A guy came up to us as we were knocking in an apartment complex telling us that we need to believe in Jesus Christ instead of Joseph Smith (he obviously didn't know what he was talking about). Then he got down on his knees right there and started bowing down to and kissing a cockroach that happened to be crawling past. What the weird.
--We are currently phone-less because Hna Sahagún dropped it in the toilet.
--Zone conference was all about how to be better weekly planners! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. And the greatest success comes to the greatest planners.
--We spent two days volunteering with a Houston city project called Saving Smiles, where we got to teach 2nd graders about taking care of the teeth, and then some volunteer dentists gave them sealants. A fun surprise was to see our investigator Alex, the 8 year old we are working with!!
--Transfers are next week and my fingers are crossed that I get to stay!

Like I said, I could go forever. So I'll just sum up by saying a
mission is the best decision I've ever made :)

Love always,
Hermana Baker

Saving Smiles

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