Well, we had a great week last week, which ended with a baptism! Savannah Urena was baptized and it was wonderful. I think one of my favorite parts is that her mom was crying when Savannah was beign baptized and Joyce, her mom, said, "I feel like I am being baptized again." Joyce and Savannah are both so wonderful and it was a great day. Sunday was her confirmation and again that was a very special sacrament meeting. We are now just praying that Nicholas, Savannah's 12 year old brother, will follow soon. :)
I think my favorite experience of the week was Joe LaPorta. We had been teaching Joe pretty early on in my first transfer, but he got really busy and stopped meeting with us. Sister Hench had been praying about him a lot one week and he called her. It was amazing! Then he came to church last week and we hoped to meet with him, but we didn't hear from him for a while. One day last week, I decided that I really needed to pray for Joe as well, and that was the day that he called the Hench's. Pray works. It always does. I know that to be true. But prayer needs faith. With faith, prayer is amazing. So Joe called the Hench's and came to church yesterday. He also came to the Christmas Devotional. At the devotional, he was able to see the living prophet, which was perfect. Then President Strong, the Redlands Stake President, introduced himself to Joe and bore an amazing testimony to Joe. He asked him, "So when is your baptism?" Joe answered that we were trying to figure that out. President Strong continued to bear testimony and say some amazing things to Joe and then said that he would love to come to Joe's baptism. It was perect. It really couldn't have been better for Joe to hear that. President Strong was just great! Joe wants to be baptized before his birthday on January 1st, so we are thinking about December 23rd. It would be a wonderful Christmas present for him. :) Plus he will be baptized on Joseph Smith's birthday! The only downside to that date is that Sister Robinette will be gone, but we don't know if we can make it any earlier. But we will see! Pray for Joseph LaPorta. :)
So Peder is heading out sooo soon! I can't believe it! It does seem like just a little while ago that you sent me off to Provo, but it is almost 3 months! Peder, you will be great! Missionary work is the best. It really is. :)
Tell the Badten's that I am praying for them. That is so sad that Addie-Kay passed away just after her brother Woody. I wish I could be there for her, but let her know that I am thinking of her and their family.
Well, let me tell you about another cool thing that happened. Yvonne, the one preparing for baptism this Saturday, said a beautiful prayer yesterday. She said that she was thankful for the wonderful peace that she feels while she is at church. She said she hopes that her family will come to realize that this is the true church, just as she knows. She said a beautiful prayer that was so sincere and loving. I can learn from her example.
Well, some scriptures and quotations:
"The Lord is more interested in changing you, than changing your circumstances."-Brother Purcell in the Highland 1st Ward.
Mosiah 2:41 (My favorite scripture!)
Can you tell where I have been in my scripture reading? ;)
Highland of email this week: Hearing from Dad! Thank you Dad for the email. It means a lot to me to hear from you. Thank you for your love and support!
Mom, How are you? I hope that you have had a wonderful week! Love you!
Dad, Thank you again!
Kirstin, Thanks for the emails! Give Lucy a hug for me. :)
Andrea, Thank you for the picture!
Poul, You're the best! Are you going to Utah? You still didn't answer that question.
Jo, How are you doing? Thanks for your letters! I need your email.
Peder, I am so excited and proud of you! Look for Christa! She just got there last Wednesday.
Geoff, How are you little brother? How is school going?
Well, I love you all and miss you lots!
The church is true. Jesus Christ loves you and so do I. Pray, faith, and obedience will bring miracles!
Sister Schillemat, Sister Robinette, Savannah, and Sister Jones.