I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more.
So, um.... Tim is
baptized now! We had no idea he was going to be ready. In fact, we thought it
was going to be a few more weeks! But then the elders gave us a call Saturday
night saying that Tim would be baptized the next day! Even Bonnie and Peggie
had no idea! So Tim is now baptized! :) As soon as he stepped into the water,
his entire countenance changed. Even afterwards, he was filled with so much
more light. Congratulations Tim! We all love you! :)
"Say what?" moment... Nadia is now on date for baptism. We arrived at
our lesson and we sat down with her. Immediately we recognized the lesson was
not going to go anywhere because the spirit was being pushed away. But we sat
there and tried to help her focus and feel the spirit. Here is the
Me: "Nadia, have you been reading the Book of
Nadia: "Yes, every night I read and study it
with the bible and read it with the kids."
Me:"What did you study?"
Nadia: "I read about baptism and
how we need to get baptized in water and..."
Me: "What do you
think about baptism?"
Nadia: "It's a commandment from
*Me and Clarke stare
at her wide eyed*
Me: "Yes...... Yes it is.... *shake myself
out of shock* Are you willing to be baptized?"
Nadia: "Yes, but next year 2016. Probably
November. I want my daughter baptized too."
*Clarke and I sit
there and think...November is too far away* *Idea!*
Me:"Nadia, I fly home in March. I want to
see you get baptized before I leave!"
Nadia: "Wait. March?? You fly home?? Where is
Nadia: "Alabama?!? That's so far away!!"
Nadia: *sits there and thinks* "Ok, then I will
get baptized before then. Maybe Feb. My daughter's birthday is on the 14th. She
*I look at calendar,
and conveniently the 14th is on a Sunday, or usual baptism day*
Me: "Nadia, will you get baptized on February
14th? And maybe your daughter will be baptized the same day?"
Nadia: "Yeah that sounds good. Next year Feb
I know that conversation
could have gone smoother, but holy cow I couldn't ask for anything better. Just
watching the spirit work on her is worth everything. And she studies all by
herself and if she has questions, she asks us for clarification. Even if our
answer is different than what she thought it was, she is so trusting that she
thinks it through and believes us. Ha, I just love her.
I know this is
completely off topic, and not related to missionary work, but I would like to
congratulate the Utes on their beautiful victory against the Ducks. I wish I
could have seen it.
The church is true!
The Book of Mormon is the word of God! I am now starting Alma in my Book of
Mormon reading project! I had a moment this week in my reading where I got so
into it that I couldn't put it down. I always have that experience with every
other book I read (I just love reading... :) ), but to have it with the Book of
Mormon was awesome. I love that book. I promise as you, too, read it, you will
feel the same joy that I am able to feel.