This week was seriously INCREDIBLE!!
So first of all, I didn't email yesterday because we had interviews with President Packard pretty much all day, so today is our p-day instead :) Yesterday was so awesome! It was our last interviews with President Packard before he goes home, so it was sad, but still so so good. We all thought we were going to get some information about the upcoming transfer before T-texts come on Friday...but we got absolutely no information, so we'll all just have to wait till Friday! I'm so nervous! I've been here for a long time. It might be time to go :( We'll see!
|The Springfield Zone (aka the New Jerusalem). So much Zion!|
So this past week....okay so last Monday evening we went on exchanges. I stayed in Greenfield, and Sister Saito went to North Brookfield. It was an awesome day! We went to see our investigator Porter. We talked with him about the Book of Mormon, and it was really incredible. I got very excited to talk about how much my knowledge of the Book of Mormon has grown, and how much my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown, and I really can't remember anything I said to him. But I just LOVE The Book of Mormon! It turned out to be a really amazing lesson, and he's progressing a lot! We just NEED to get him to church! :)
Then later on in the week we went to see Jose and we introduced a "15 step stop smoking program" to him. It was written by missionaries in the Ireland Dublin Mission in the 1980's. So if any of you remember an Elder David M. Bresnahan, he wrote this program. It's a 15 step program that takes 7 days. Yes, it helps people to quit smoking in 1 WEEK! When we told Jose about it, and introduced it to him, he was SO excited!!!! We're going to start it with him this week!
Then on Friday, we had an awesome Zone meeting with our awesome Zone!! After our Zone meeting, we got a call from Keith. He was in the hospital. He's been pretty sick lately, but he's doing a lot better now :) So on the phone he said to us "I just need to be baptised". And we weren't sure how serious he was because he has been investigating the church for like 7 or 8 years, and he always says he wants to be baptised but he never will. So we didn't take it too seriously. Then later on, ALL of our appointments cancelled, which was the worst, so we just started going to see a bunch of inactive members that we didn't know. We realised after a short time that it wasn't really effective, so we decided to just sit in the car and pray. We asked heavenly father what we should do with the time that we had, and what would be the most effective thing to do with our time, and we asked him to direct us to where we need to go. After we prayed, I felt like we needed to go to Athol, which is a town that's about a half hour away from Greenfield itself. We decided to visit a potential investigator there, but when we got there, she said that she was super sick, and asked us to come back another day.
So, I just said "Okay let's just go to the Caputo's." They just came back from Washington, so we hadn't seen them in a while anyway. we went over there, and they were all excited to see us and to get a surprise visit. We talked to Brother Caputo for a few minutes, and he brought up Keith. He asked us if Keith had mentioned to us that he wanted to be baptised. We told him that he said he wanted to be baptised, but we didn't know how serious he actually was about it. But Brother Caputo told us that he really was serious about it, and he really does want to be baptised! Then he said that he was just about to leave to pick him up from the hospital. So we said to him "Okay Brother Caputo, we have a challenge for you! We want you to show us how great you are at missionary work. If Keith really does want to be baptised, then when you see him tonight, set a baptismal date with him". So he took on the challenge, and left.
So, then when we were on out way home, we got a call from Brother Caputo. He said "Sisters, I have Keith here with me, and we've been talking, and he wants to be baptised on May 31st!" AAAHHHHHHHH!
So Keith is getting baptised!!!!!!!! This is seriously the BIGGEST miracle EVER! Just ask any missionary that has served here in the past 7 years! Everyone in the branch is so excited, everyone in the mission is so excited, Keith is so excited! It's so awesome!!!
This is seriously a May of Miracles in the MBM! :D
This week, we also got to visit Keith and do some yard work for him. We also got to sit on his motorcycle and take fun pictures :p
I hope you all have an incredible week!
I love you all so much :)
Sister Rebekah Barrett