We now have two investigators with a baptismal date! G and R are going to be baptized on July 30! This was on Thursday and our day was almost nothing like we had planned. Service opportunities had come up, and one of our lessons had to cancel because they had to call an ambulance! It was a pretty crazy day, and by the time we got to G and R's lesson, I was ready for something easy going and normal. It wasn't normal at all, but in the best possible way! We were teaching them the Plan of Salvation, and the more we explained, the more their faces lit up! As we went through the lesson, I kept getting the feeling that we should invite them to be baptized. As we finished the lesson, they expressed how they can't wait to keep learning more! What a perfect opportunity! We talked about how the best way to learn is to act, and baptism is an essential step in becoming more like the Savior. They easily accepted the invitation! It's so nice when you don't have to beg people. hahaha They have been so prepared by the Spirit, and it's amazing how quickly they can learn when the Spirit is their teacher.
More exciting news, W started reading the Book of Mormon on the 10th, and yesterday he informed us that he is in Helamen! I can hardly believe! He is flying through! And he remembers everything he reads! He was telling us about King Benjamin and about how much he enjoyed the story of Abinadi, he's learning so much! And he can't say enough good things about it! He keeps saying how there is no way Joseph Smith could have written it on his own. That's his first testimony of the Book of Mormon! He is doing so great, and I have no doubt that one day it's all going to click for him. He's headed to San Francisco in July for a month, and he's going to take his family to go see the Oakland temple! So I'm really excited to see how that experience will build his faith. I wish I could call the Visitors Center down and warn them ahead of time! haha but I know he will have an incredible experience there.
Saturday, we were able to go the Onion Lake Cree Reservation to help with a Girl's Activity Day! The theme was Be Strong and Courageous. It was meant to be a nondenominational spiritual day to help these girls develop relationships with God and improve their self esteem. Sister Baker and I were the first ones to teach, and it was such a challenge! It was like talking to a wall! There was no icebreaker, no fun introductions, they just had us jump right into to teaching! Not my favorite thing, but we did get to teach them alot about what prayer should be and how they can develop a close relationship with Heavenly Father. They live in a really rough situation, it's hard growing up on a reserve. Everyone expects you to end up exactly like your parents, and you're immediately put into a stereotype of what all Natives are like. But each of these girls has so much potential, and they want to have a better life. So I hope something that we shared with them will help them at some point in there lives.
Something very exciting happened in our missionary life, WE GOT NEW PAMPHLETS!!! It's amazing what you get excited about as a missionary.... hahaha We have one about serving in the church and one about Temples & Families! I was reading through the temples and familes one, and there was a part that really stood out to me. A big trial most people will face at some point in their life is having family members fall away from the church. Most wonder what they did wrong or what they can do to fix it. We have a ton of people who seek advice on this from us, and I never really know what to say. But this pamphlet has given me a great answer. "Have faith that God is preparing each of your family members, just as He has prepared you.... In His own time and in His own way, God will fulfill your desire for the blessing of an eternal family." What a cool promise! We will have eternal families! No matter what our family members do or what choices they make, God has a plan for them and for us! And we will have eternal families. We will all be together with Heavenly Father, but each of us will take a different path on the way. We just need to have faith that Heavenly Father is aware of them and of us. I promise that as we continue to pray for these individuals, our prayers will be answered. It may not be in our time, but it will happen.
I know there was more that happened this week, but none of it is coming to my mind! haha So I'll finish by saying how much I love you all! Time just keeps moving faster, and I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that I am on my mission! It's still a shock! haha but I love what I'm doing, and I love that I get to share my experiences with you. Have an amazing week filled with miracles!
Sister Bethany Christensen