This week has just been the best and it ended at a super high point too!
1. We are now trio training. And how crazy is this? I actually met her down at BYU a few times before the mission! Her name is Hermana McOmber and she is awesome! A super great addition to the Woodlands Norte Hermanas. haha and yes our apartment wasn't necessarily made to fit three people, but we made it work and now we're just going to get closer than ever, quite literally! But it's great and so much fun.
2. Yes!! J got baptized!! Yay!!! I'm so so so so so so so so so so sosososo happy. I've said it once and I'll probably (no, I will) say it 500 more times, but it is always going to be the truth...there is absolutely nothing better in the whole entire world than being able to witness someone's change of heart and their desire to come closer to Christ. I am so proud of J and his decision to be baptized and become a member of this church. I know that it is going to help him so much throughout his life if he can continue to "perseverar hasta el fin." It definitely doesn't end at baptism, becoming converted is a life long process that isn't always the easiest thing to do but it will always be the most rewarding. The rewards will always be greater than what we are asked to do.
So a little about his baptism. First of all, it's a good thing that in the hispanic culture "on time" is really one hour later than what the set time is. We got to the church building but couldn't fill the font. The person that was supposed to come unlock it got stuck at work, so someone finally came 15 minutes before the baptism was supposed to start. This was slightly problematic seeing as how it takes at least 45 minutes to fill the font...but come what may and love it, right? We started filling pitchers and coolers with water to help speed up the process and were running back and forth between the kitchen and the font trying to fill it up as quickly as we could. haha I'm sure it was hillarious to watch us. But there really was no need to stress, because things never start on time. I love it so much! As we were doing that we realized J still wasn't there, and that's also slightly problematic. So we called him and said "J, where are you!?" He was at Walmart buying a white shirt. haha. So all of those little things just made it all that much more memorable, and the baptism itself was absolutely incredible. J looked so happy and said that he felt so good. There is nothing better than seeing someone you love and care about so much choose to come to Christ. I feel so privileged to have been able to take part in his conversion process. We found out something else this week too. He told us that before we met him he had been praying to know if the church was true and if he should go back. He was waiting for his answer when we knocked on the door that day. He had looked through the window while we were talking to his mom and saw that we were two missionaries. He took that for his answer, and now he is a member!! Wow, his story is 100% a miracle. There are absolutely no coincidences, solamente the perfect timing and tender mercies of the Lord. Being a missionary is the BEST. I AM SO LUCKY!!!
I love being a missionary, and I love seeing the power of the Atonement take affect in so many people's lives--mine included. How blessed I am to have the knowledge of the gospel in my life. I just want everyone to know how amazing it is and how incredible it makes you feel!! It truly is perfect!! And just a little insight into how the Lord is hastening His work...the ward I am in right now has had more baptisms in the first two months of this year than they had all of last year. I'm sure it's close to the same in many other places too! Let's all take a part in this great cause and help others come to Christ!! There is nothing more rewarding.
Con muchisimo amor,