Tuesday, June 3, 2014

6/2/14 - Marisa got baptized!

So, this week was another slammer with numbers, but I’m so ecstatic it doesn't even matter!  I love what you said dad, about how the numbers aren't for the Lord, they are for us.  Two of the coolest events first:
1-The elder's investigator, Marisa, - the one who we found & showed the baptismal font- was baptized yesterday! Sis Cox and I sang “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”, (not bragging, but alotta people complimented us afterwards, so it couldn’t have been toooo bad!)  But it was so neat, we got to help get her ready and dry her off after she came out. This was the first investigator I've been close with, and to see her baptized, regardless of who taught her... the spirit was on fire yesterday.  I have a new sister in the gospel – yeah!!!

2-JUAN CAME TO CHURCH!!!  We had to wake up @ 4:30, drive to Sylmar, ride two-hour long buses and walk a bit, but we got him there, 9:20am! Better yet, he arrived back home safely! We couldn't ride home with him since we had the baptism, so all we could do is drop him off at the station, write 2 sticky notes with the bus #'s, and pray he made it, and he did!! Truthfully, it was a blessing that it was on a fast Sunday, cuz we were nervous!  He can't read or talk, so if he gets lost.... faith is central here.  AND he's stopped smoking fully, so he is really 3 weeks away from becoming baptized!! We had to later travel back to Sylmar to pick up the car in Sylmar... four hours later. CRAZY people are on the bus, so awesome.  Long day yesterday, but one I won't soon forget. J

Other cool things:
-New deaf potential investigator.  She's black, hard of hearing, got plenty of sass, and knows one of our members. Suuuper excited to teach her!
-A Korean man named Michael Yoo approaches us at 8:30pm walking back to our car from knocking, and goes on for 20 minutes about how he loves Mormons. We swapped numbers, and we're setting up a dinner…sweet!
-We are now buddy-buddy with the Gas Station clerk next to our apt. We go there to get quarters for laundry.  His name is Jitandra, from India, and we gave a restoration pamphlet to him!
-Family history work is prime. We met Beverly, a deaf member who refuses to come to our ward, but she loves her family. So, we are going to get her to the temple through family history work. That is also how we are "getting" Stephanie. She is the wife of a less active member. Her house is full of pics of her ancestors and her family (she was a swimsuit model, as well as her daughters... had to kinda burn my eyes a little bit afterwards) but sooo sweet!  PS, mom did you know that we had ancestors actually IN the Martin Harris handcart company. Like the real deal! Cool story.
-It is soooo hot here I’m gonna die when we have bikes!

Sorry, just dripping with stories and emotions this week! The work is hard, but it is so much fun sometimes if you just learn to laugh.  Quote for the week, “"Hopeful people have a peace about them,
a way of looking at everything that happens as an opportunity for growth and happiness.  Their lives are not any easier than anyone else's, it's their attitude that sets them apart."

Love ya tons!
-Sis McNeill

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