Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Almost-Mid-Autumn Festival!

The good news this week is that we have an investigator who has committed to being baptized next Saturday. Brother (name) has progressed, to put it like Elder Larson, "like a wildfire." He's always thinking deeply about the scriptures and about the commandments we share with him. He read the entire conference Liahona and shared some thoughts about President Uchtdorf's talk "On the Road to Damascus." I truly believe that the reason for his rapid progression is rooted in his study of the Book of Mormon. He did what it took to feel the power of that Book, and like the sheep spoken of in Alma 5, he heard the voice of his Shepherd and answered the call. He's been making friends with lots of ward members and he's overcome obstacles with coffee and the Sabbath day, but now he's progressing really well toward his baptismal goal. It's such a privilege to be meeting with him and helping him progress toward baptism.

We also saw some more miracles this week in finding. Last Sunday we visited a part-member family because the Spirit prompted us to. When we arrived we found out they'd just gotten home from China the day before, and the husband told us to come back in a few days. We came back on Thursday and met with them--they're great. The parents both have strong faith in Christ and still pay their tithing. They want to go to the temple but they feel they have no way to be active. We met with them and their two unbaptized sons and encouraged them to attend the English branch (because the mom is Filipino), and they attended. I know that it is because of the Spirit that we were able to contact this wonderful family at exactly the right time. I hadn't thought about them in months because I knew they were in China, but when our plans fell through one night I just had a thought to go try their house and there they were.

I'm sorry; I seem to be short on time this week. I love you all so much, and I'll talk to you again next week. From where? Nobody knows yet.


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