Our week was awesome!
To start: We set a baptismal date with Rian!! It was crazy! So we had a lesson with Rian on Wednesday and she asked if she could have a friend come. Of course we said yes and her friend Jenny came to the lesson. Jenny is a convert of a couple years and an old friend of Rian's. They hadn't seen each other in years and Jenny just felt like she needed to text Rian and hang out with her while she was in town. So they hung out and Jenny talked to her about her conversion story and they talked a lot about baptism. Then, we came and taught the lesson "The Gospel of Jesus Christ" which is about baptism and faith and the gift of the Holy Ghost and it was all perfect!
After the lesson we asked Rian if she has thought any more about baptism. She looked at us for a second and then just started sobbing. She buried her face in her arm for like a minute (the longest minute of my life) and then she lifted her head, looked me right in the eye and said, "I want to be baptized". Sister D and I were speechless for a minute but then we composed ourselves and finished teaching. We asked her to pray about what day she should be baptized.
Sister Dominguez and I also prayed about a date and we felt that July 16th was the right day! So then on Saturday we set the date! We asked Rian if she decided what day she wanted to be baptized and she said she had been praying about it but hadn't gotten an answer. Then she asked us if we had prayed about a date and we told her we had. When we said July 16, Rian broke down again and told us that that date had been running through her mind all day. We knew it must have been inspired!
So July 16th is going to be a great day!
We also found quite a few promising new investigators this week! After about 2 weeks of knocking on empty doors and talking to not interested people we have finally seen success. It's interesting because right now I am in Alma in the Book of Mormon and I am amazed at how similar our experience has been to Aaron's in Alma 21. Aaron was trying to teach the Amalikites and the people of Middoni and wasn't having any success. In fact, he and his brethren were cast into prison. But they never gave up. They kept persevering and trusting in the Lord and finally, "The Lord began to bless them, insomuch that they brought many to a knowledge of the truth" (v. 17). We have literally seen this happen in our missionary efforts. As we were patient and happy and submitted to God's will, He has blessed us with success!
I love this gospel! I'm grateful for answered prayers!
Love you all!
Until next time,