This week was actually super productive and effective. It was great! K is getting all ready for her baptism. She is a bit nervous for her interview and a bit scattered sometimes but she will do great. She understands everything but sometimes doesn't explain things very well. For instance, this week we were going over the baptismal interview questions and we asked, "What is the Word of Wisdom?" Her mom then prompted her, "It's things that we aren't supposed to eat and drink that are bad for us." K then said, "Oh like, don't eat little legos or else you will die?" Man, I couldn't stop laughing! It was hilarious. So we went over the Word of Wisdom again:)
We have been teaching so many young kids lately. Most of our investigators that are progressing are under the age of 13. The young boy who got baptized last weekend is so awesome! We had the first new member lesson with him this week at a member's home. His little sister, age 11, came too. She now is super excited about being baptized too. He has such a powerful testimony and is such a bright kid. His Sister is great too. We will begin teaching her even more now too.
We also have been teaching another 11 year old who is the granddaughter of a lady in our ward. She wanted her to be taught while she was visiting her to prepare her for baptism in the future. So we met with her every day this week and taught her. She is also just super smart and has such a desire to follow Jesus. The youth are so powerful! I love that Heavenly Father has blessed us to work with so many youth at this time.
Also, a neat miracle in our lesson with J this week. We have been teaching her a lot about prayer lately and helping her feel comfortable praying again. We have invited her the past 3 or 4 times at the end of the lesson to say the closing prayer. She declines and then we ask why and try to get to the root but always have felt the spirit telling us not to push it too much. But this week we focused our whole lesson on prayer and then at the end we invited her again to pray. She agreed and said one of the sweetest prayers. It was such a huge step for her. She is doing so well.
It is so neat having the trust of the ward. They are so much more willing to help and serve and bless when they feel loved and when they trust us. Hard work, and obedience really does pay off, even if it only results in the trust of the ward member. When we were at dinner with Bishop this week, he let us know how great he thought we were and how the ward members had just been coming to him and letting him know how they trust us and see us working hard. He was so grateful and it was a huge compliment. I hope this paves the way for even more work in the future for the missionaries too. So many changes are happening in the ward and how they treat each other and talk about each other. It is becoming more positive and loving. We really can make a difference.
We've had so many set appointments this week that we go from one to the other every day. It is so nice! That is what should be happening. We are full time teachers. The Lord is blessing us so much.
I love you all!!! Have a wonderful week!