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.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Bonnie's Baptism, Light, and the Book of Mormon
Bonnie is baptized and
confirmed! I am so proud of her. She was glowing on her baptism day, if you
looked at the pictures, you would have to agree. She has changed so much, even
in this past week. Before, she was worried about not having to have coffee for
the rest of forever, but now, she is happy to obey the commandments. Since becoming
baptized, it is like she has a new motivation to endure to the end. She is such
an example to me and those at church. Already the members of the branch are
embracing her. When she answers questions in class, the members always make
sure to congratulate and encourage her. It is one of the most heart warming
things to see. And now, one of the most loving people is a part of one of the
most loving groups of people I will ever know.
This was a week that was
full of action. Sister Clarke and I had the opportunity to teach many lessons
to many people. We had the opportunity to be involved in the conversion process
of so many people. I love being able to see a deaf person and smile at them and
see their eyes light up from joy that someone cares.
One of my favorite
moments this week was to go visit a deaf retirement home in Arcadia and visit
with the people there. I was able to chat with an adorable woman named June.
She was so happy to be able to have someone who was interested and happy to
chat with her. She didn't stop smiling the whole time. And the best part was at
the end when I gave her a hug. She gave me one of the tightest, most loving
hugs I have gotten on my mission. It was as if she was saying, "Thank you
for taking the time to love me." It is for these moments that I keep going
on my mission. I could have the worst week, I could have almost every door
slammed in my face, I could have deaf people yell at me (it is pretty scary),
but if I just have one moment in which I can look into one deaf person's eyes
and see the light that I was able to bring to them, everything is worth it. And
Heavenly Father always makes sure to give me at least one of those moments
We had the Stake Fair on
Saturday. It was so much fun! And there was a petting zoo! I held a chicken!
And the deaf people got very involved in the whole fair. It was wonderful to
see the other members of the stake and the members of the branch trying to communicate.
Oh! And guess what.
Remember Rosalia? From back in April/May time? Who was so incredibly motivated
to learn and then got a job at LAX and got too busy? Well, we really haven't
been able to contact her since. It was so sad. But we went to her house on
Friday and taught her. She has been reading and watching the Book of Mormon
almost everyday since we first taught her, even since we couldn't contact her.
She believes the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and Joseph Smith to be a
true prophet. Miracles happen. This just goes to show Heavenly Father does not
give up on His children, no matter the circumstances they may be in. He truly
does prepare a way for every person to receive the truth of the gospel.
Keep reading the Book of
Mormon. As a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, I promise that it
contains all the answers to the questions of your soul, and you can receive
these answers if you but ask, seek, and knock. I can personally testify that
this is true. I have done this multiple times and I have had so much comfort
knowing I have the words