Friday, 15 November 2013

CRAZY WEEK!

Hey everybody!!
Well this was probably my craziest week on the mission!
But it was really great! I loved it all! There was kind of some drama...! who would have thought that there is drama between missionaries!
Haha, well mom I told you this, but k last week on Tuesday we went to the flea market, and on our way out, we saw Jim! So we said hi and talked to him for a bit. The Spanish sisters asked who that was, and we told them it was our investigator who was getting baptized on Saturday. Then one of the sisters said that he was smoking..... Well, no one else saw this. And I'm pretty observant.. So me and Sis G we so concerned!! We were like, are you serious that you saw him smoking? Cause we really wanted to know! Cause I in order to get baptized you have to stop smoking (or any other habits) for a week before baptism. So if he was smoking, we would have had to change his date. So we were like thinking about it all day long and didn't know what to do. We decided that we would call Jim in the morning. So that morning (which was Wednesday) we called Jim and asked how it was going, and how not smoking was going. And he said it was really hard! But haha neither me or Sister G were bold enough to straight up ask him if he had smoked. BUT we decided to pray about it to figure out what we should do! So we said a prayer, and it was super amazing, instantly after we prayed we both felt really calm! We felt like we didn't need to be worried, and that everything was going to be okay! So then after we prayed, we got amormon.org referral!!!! Which was so exciting, and it was a man named Lloyd who said "I want to be baptized at the cross of Jesus' feet" we were like whoaaa!!!! So, we went right away to go meet this referral. So right as we arrive at Lloyds house, the district leader was calling us, so obvi we ignored it, but then he went a text that said "Call me ASAP" 
SO LLOYD. WOW he has had a really really rough life. He started telling us how he tried to baptize himself (?!), tried to make some healing ointment, and all these other things. He really follows the counsil from some online pastors. Anyways, so we got talking with Lloyd, and we invited him to baptized on November 30th! And he said yes! So WOW. Super crazy awesome. And then we invited him to come to Jims baptism on Saturday and to church. And we gave him a book of mormon. And he said something about some healing ointment, so we asked him if he wanted a blessing, and he said yes, so we said we would come back later that day with someone who could give him a blessing.
SO after we left Lloyds, we called Gilray back (our district leader) and turns out, the Spanish sister who "saw" Jim smoking called elder gilray and told him!!? So he was all concerned for us. So we asked him if we could go to their house and talk to them in person. So we went to the elders house and were discussing the whole situation, how we didn't see him smoking, but we're not sure and all of that. ( LOL in the middle of our discussion, we were just standing outside at the elders house, the MAIL MAN started like bible bashing with all 4 of us hahahaha it was so random and funny) So after our conversation we decided that we needed to meet up with Jim that night and figure out for sure if he smoked or not. So we set up an appointment with Jim and the elders for that night. Then we asked the elders if they would give Lloyd a blessing. So they did, and when we got back to Lloyds house he was already done 1 Nephi!! It was amazing!
So then we had the craziest day. We ended up seeing ALL of our progressing investigators haahhah! It was the best! Appointment to appointment to appointment! I LOVE days like that! But then we went to meet with Jim, and long story short, we asked him if he felt prepared and if he had smoked, and he said he felt very prepared and no he hadn't smoked! So the baptism was still on!!! WOOHOOOO MIRACLESSS!!
So i just can't believe the sisters did that.... Theyre not even in our area... let alone the same language as us! So its like they didn't trust our judgement as missionaries. I was super offended! And now they are our sister training leaders.... aweeesome. Lol, but nah its all good. I'm pretty much over it now, I just wanted to give the whole story!
Thursday we had district meeting and a service project! ( I never thought in my whole life I'd be excited about raking leaves!!) hahah Service projects are the best though! Put the missionaries to work at home! haha they'll love it! Don't even feel bad!
And Friday was weekly planning and we taught Lloyd the Restoration lesson! He is going to have a hard time realizing that prophets HAVE to be called of God and need to have proper authority! Not just any ol internet pastor is a prophet!....! haahah so that's going to be a lot of work.
Then SATURDAY! Wow, this was the greatest day! First of all, it was my birthday!! and then! It was Jims BAPTISM! woohoo!! So the day started out great and we decided we wanted to go to the taco truck for lunch! So we ordered our food and stuff, and then i'm taking a big bite out of my burrito and I turn my head and i see The Elders! woohoo! So awwww Sister G secretly invited them to have lunch with us. so nice. Then we went to see some people, but then went home to get some stuff for Jims baptism. When we got home I had a package from EMILY!! (Sorry your guyss isn't here yet! lol) So that was such a nice surprise!! She gave me such a nice gift! Lots of food and candy and the cutest california sweater!! It was so nice!! THEN off to Jims baptism!!! We made the nicest looking programs, set up chairs, filled the font and! We got a large print set of scriptures for Jim, so we wrote our testimonies in the front of it! Then the baptism. It was honestly just perfect!! We were a little worried something was going to go wrong, but it was great! The spirit was SO STRONG! We had this girl named Ayana Smith do the musical number, her and her dad sang Amazing Grace. And it was SO beautiful! Jim even started crying!! :'( so tender!!! But ya it was perfect! then when it was all done we gave Jim his scriptures and he started crying again!! He was so thankful!! It was really great! It was honestly the best thing I could have been doing on my birthday! I'm so thankful I got to be part of Jims baptism and conversion!!! It was so great to be part of! (oh and Lloyd came to the baptism!!!)
Then after Jims baptism the Williams took us out for dinner for my birthday! :) It was a lot of fun! The Williams are honestly the nicest people ever! I love them a lot! We had italian and just had a great time!
Then sunday Jim got confirmed!! It was perfect!!! And remember how I said we wanted to set Judy and Jim up??!?! They were waving at each other when Jim was on the stand! so maybe they've got a little connection!! Maybe next year around this time I'll be attending a sealing!!! ;) hahah jk, but can you imagine? That would be amazing!!
But ya, it was a crazy week! So many things happening, and baptisms are SO exciting!!!!
Now we should be having Lloyds at the end of the month, and Carlys at the beginning of December!! Yayyyy! Hopefully everything goes smoothly :)
Well, those were the main highlights of my week!!
Hope you are all doing great!!
Keep on keeping on!!!

Love, 
Sister Lacusta :D

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