Monday, May 23, 2016

Bautismo ... Por Fin!!!

This week we finally had the baptism for Betzaida and it was great!!! She loves the church and she loves the gospel so it was great to finally see her in the font! We had a member in the ward who is leaving for his mission in a couple weeks, do the actually ordinance to help give in practice and he did awesome!! 

The weather here has been super hot and I'm not excited for June and July here but oh well! Transfers are next week and I'll probably get moved out of this area. Yeah I've only been here for 6 months (sarcasm)! Haha I honestly love the members here and I'll be sad to leave them and my companion if I do get transferred but we'll see what happens on Sunday when we get transfer calls!!

Here's the pics from Betzaida's baptism.

 and here's one with my Puerto Rican mom, Carmen ❤

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lesson Learned, Price Paid

This week I learned a really difficult lesson about acting upon the promptings of the spirit. Last Sunday I was feeling uneasy about the baptism that we had scheduled for the 14th. My companion and I decided to fast and pray about what we should do and we both felt really strongly like we should postpone the baptism date a week or two until we felt like our investigator recognized that she had a testimony. We felt peace and reassurance but we were eventually talked into keeping the baptismal date for the 14th. While planning the baptism we felt very nervous and unsure and it seemed like we encountered problem after problem. We had to change the service to the 15th (yesterday) because of a funeral that was taking place. My companion and I couldn't sleep Saturday because we just really felt like our investigator wasn't ready. 

Yesterday, one hour before her baptism, our investigator told us that she doesn't know how to recognize that she has a testimony and she doesn't quite understand what faith really is. This reaffirmed the answer that my companion and I had received that she wasn't ready for her baptism. We had to cancel everything and it was really embarrassing. I learned that I need to support the promptings that I receive and I hope that I never have to learn this lesson again.

We will hopefully have her baptism next week, depending on if she is ready :)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

6 Months Down!

This week was really good! I hit my 6 month mark and I can't believe how fast my time here is going. My cute companion made me pancakes in the shape of a 6 and we tried to find a 6KM sign but a 0.6KM was the best we could do!

We had zone conference on Thursday and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Elder Martinez for the quorum of the 70. It was an amazing experience and I'm grateful for his support and advice. At zone conference I learned the importance of teaching according to the needs of each of my investigators. I can't wait to be able to apply what I learned!

This Saturday I should be having another baptism! We're really hoping that everything goes as planned so please pray for the success of my investigator, Betzaida!

As you all know, Sunday was Mother's Day and I got to see my cute family! I love them so much and I can't wait to see them again for my Christmas Skype!

Here's the pictures of my week!