Well, this past Sunday was great news! J. was able to be confirmed a member of the Church and also receive the Holy Ghost. He is doing a great job at being a member missionary and invited all of his family and friends to come out and see his confirmation. We also were able to have a family we have been teaching attend church. They are a Cambodian family and the parents are members. Their daughter E. is currently choosing to be baptized on March 12th! It was great to hear that news from them yesterday because Elder Dale and I have been working a lot with them in reactivating their family.
Starting out with some bad news followed by some great news. So both Elder Dale and I got sick throughout the week which made proselyting tough when we didn't feel well. But luckily, I was able to get better the next day and went knocking with Elder Nelson while Elder Dale stayed back with Elder Solorzano. When Elder Nelson and I came to a house that looked abandoned, we knocked on the door... then we knocked again. Nothing. As we were about to leave, we peered around the corner to see a young man heading to the truck. We began to talk to him and found out he is LDS and had been going to the ward with his uncle who lived an hour away. Then, as we continued to talk to him, I had the thought to ask him if he had been baptized. He replied that he hadn't. Elder Nelson and I then taught him about baptism and asked if he would come out to our ward and be baptized. He said yes! The only downer to this story is that he is moving in less than a week and so we are going to do all that we can to prepare him by then. But the importance of this story is that there are people that are ready to be baptized and make that first step toward Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.
Saturday was transfer calls and Elder Dale and I were worried that one of us would be moved out of the area of Parkland. Lately, this area has been so blessed and we have found many people that are ready to change their lives and come closer to Christ. So on Saturday, we received a call that both of us would be staying! Elder Dale and I were excited to hear the news and know that there are a lot of people for us to bring to the waters of baptism in the area of Parkland.
One thing that I learned this week is that God doesn't always answer our prayers the way that we want, but He always answers!
Well, I hope that you all had a great week and are enjoying the sunshine as much as I am!