Family and Friends,
I've had an amazing week. I'm so blessed to serve here. As a missionary, I've found so much joy in seeing little progress or little things that the people we visit do. I had many of these happy moments this week. In a lesson with Gerbert he explained that he found out that two of his friends are members, both inactive, and that he's been trying to get them to come to church with him for awhile. He invited them to his baptism as well. He's been 'secretly' doing his missionary work. He's a great example for them. We also taught a less active member and she had read in the Book of Mormon for the first time in a long time and learned a lot. At church we saw a tithing envelope in Victor's hands, ready to give to the bishop. When we called Gerbert, he was studying the Book of Mormon. A new investigator asked us if he came to church this Sunday if he could be baptized the following Saturday. A recent convert asked us a few questions about something specific she was studying to be able to explain it better to her friend. We were reading the Book of Mormon for kids with a kid we are teaching and he didn't want to stop and put it down. Another recent convert is going to teach Sunday school and is really excited. A lot of little, beautiful moments this week.
We had a worldwide missionary training on Wednesday. It was called 'We teach repentance to baptize converts' and was amazing. I love the guide from leaders of the church.
Gerbert was also baptized Saturday and received the gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday. He was so happy the whole weekend. Smiling and telling everyone how good he felt. His two sons were able to come. It's great to literally see a difference from the first time we talked to now. The gospel is amazing and truly changes lives.
This week I also hit my one year mark. I can't believe it. This year has been amazing. Everyday I learn something new or have some experience that helps me understand how loving our Heavenly Father really is and that helps me learn more about the gospel and how blessed I am. This year I've had some of the best and hardest experiences in my life. I have learned and grown a lot, and still have so much more to learn and improve. More than anything, I'm really grateful to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and testify of Him and His restored gospel and the happiness that comes and importance of living it so we can qualify to live with our Heavenly Father again.
I love you all lots! Hope you have a great week!
Gerbert was Baptized!