Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 65 - Miracles, Miracles, Miracles


This week has seen so many miracles.  The biggest one for me was the opportunity we had to set a fecha (baptismal date) with Lana.  She is so prepared and always has a bunch of awesome questions. 

Yesterday she came to church at 10 thinking that conference started then but only Priesthood Session started at 11.  So we asked her if she had any questions, and she started off with "what are temples?"  From there we basically covered half of lesson 5 and most of the Commandments.  At the end she felt as though her questions had been sufficiently answered and so we took the opportunity to ask her a question.  We asked, "Lana, do you want to get baptized?"  She said yes without hesitation.  She then went on to explain how she would probably have to wait until she turned 18 (in one year) because she had already asked her parents if she could be baptized.  I thought that was incredible!!! 

Continuing on, I recalled the phrase I heard President Pace say the other day, "Hay para Dios alguna cosa difícil?" (Is there anything difficult for God?)  So I said to her, "I think you could be baptized before then."  We then went on to explain that the Lord helps us when we put our faith in him.  We asked her what day she thought she could get baptized.  And she responded that she didn't know.  We decided to get down on our knees and pray and ask the Lord what day we should set as a goal.  We asked her to pray and she said that she wasn't good at praying so we told her each of us would pray.  I started then Lana, then Elder Male.  I prayed, and she offered one of the most powerful prayers I have ever heard from an investigator, and then Elder Male prayed.  The Spirit was so strong, and without notice, she began to pray again!  It was incredible.  After she prayed, we got up, sat back down and she said, ok next month.  We then asked, what day? She said, well someday around the 20th.  The closest Saturday and the one the calendar on our phone was open to was the 23rd.  I felt a spiritual confirmation and said, "The 23rd then?"  Elder Male agreed as did Lana.  We then invited her to fast next week with us so that she could get baptized on that day.  She was very excited to do so. 

We then went to close the lesson, by offering a prayer; thanking the Lord for the answer we had received.  The Spirit we could feel was indescribable.  As we went to leave, Lana said, "No wait, I don't want to go yet!  I don't want to lose this feeling."  Elder Male then said to her, "When you get the Gift of the Holy Ghost you can feel this way always." She walked out of the room in the chapel, with a smile, holding her baptismal calendar and said, "Ok." She then followed up with, "by the way I invited a friend to the noche de hogar (family home evening), is that ok?"  Honestly she is incredible.  On a side note, after just over a week with the Book of Mormon, she is already into 2 Nephi....  She's so great.

No time as usual but that's what is going on in life here, I hope you all enjoyed conference and know that the family is the most important thing!

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