Tomorrow Sister Brown and I are doing a musical number for DDM on the ukulele! Yesterday, a member let us borrow two of them. She is going to sing "I lived in Heaven" while we both play a hawiian like tune. It will be so fun! She knows how to play the banjo, so she picked up the ukulele quick, she use to go to school at BYU-Hawaii.
Then, last week we were in charge of another musical number for a devotional. We did, He sent his Son. I played the piano, an Elder played the violin, and Sister Brown, Montoya, and Borglauthaus sang it once in english and then in spanish! It was great!
--------Other new, my friends got baptized! -----------
Pvt Milian was baptized at Fort Jackson. He was baptized by Pvt. Henson, who was only baptized two weeks ago! It was amazing because I had the opportunity to teach Pvt. Henson the commandments before he was baptized which is where I met Pvt. Milian. He was his battle buddy. Then Pvt. Milian studied, prayed, came to church, was taught more lessons by other missionaries and now he is baptized! Its the best.
Also, Mark Ward was baptized in Hopkins!! Mark came to our ward for a couple of months and we taught him for a good while and set him up to be baptized. Mark's fellowshipper is in our ward, so we always taught him here in Lexington, but because he lives in Hopkins, he needed to be baptized there. So recently we handed him off the Hopkins Sisters. They did a wonderful job finishing up the other half of the lessons and helping him to come closer to Christ through baptism. I wish I could have been there!
This week I gave a talk in Church on faith. It was so much fun! One of the speakers after me gave a great talk. He told some funny stories about moving to the South and sweet tea. You know you live in the south when....you learn about sweet tea during sacrament!
Stacy was suppose to be baptized on Saturday, but all week she has been sick with Bronchitis. She was too sick to be baptized on Saturday, so she is going to be baptized this week with Julian, our other investigator. Please pray that they will both be able to make it! Also please pray that Pvt. Thompson can come to church this week so that Pvt.Vidal can be baptized. Pvt. Vidal was suppose to be baptized yesterday, but the solider who was going to baptize him missed church because Pvt. Thompson's battle buddy broke some rules and consequently they both got in trouble.
--------Service, it will soften some hearts--------
Recently, we have been teaching a lady whose husband is not to open to us. She is awesome and is going to be baptized in the coming month, but her husband still is weary of us. Well the other day, she needed help. She was sick and her house was very messy. So we got her children together and cleaned that house! We scrubbed the floors, dishes, vacuumed, cleaned the porch, picked up trash, moved shoes and clothes, basically we did it all! Well her husband came home when we were about cleaning and saw us. He said, what are you doing?! You know you don't have to do that. But we kept cleaning, and what more, we involved their little kids who cleaned their own room for like the first time. He was so impressed and is now more of our friend! Yes! It felt so good to serve. To see a need and just help with it.
--------The Book of Mormon Resolves Concerns-------
This week, we used the BOM a lot in contacting. It is amazing to see how much it can resolve concerns. I know that the BOM truly testifies of Christ.
President Hinckley, a prophet of God, said this about the BOM: "The Book of Mormon has come forth by the gift and power of God. It speaks as a voice from the dust in testimony of the Son of God. It speaks of His birth, of His Ministry, of His Crucifixion and Resurrection, and of His appearance to the righteous in the land of Bountiful and on the American continent."
President Joseph F. Smith declared, "No member of this church can stand approved in the presence of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon."
In the introduction to the Book of Mormon it states, " We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon and ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, if the book is true. Those pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:3-5) ."
I know the Book of Mormon is true because I have read it and prayed about it. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that it is the word of God and I know that he will testify the same truth to you. I feel the Spirit when I read the Book of Mormon. I invite all of y'all to revamp your Book of Mormon reading. I know that it is so important to read it every day. I know that if you do that, that you will have the Spirit more abundantly with you. I can promise you, as a representative of Jesus Christ, that that is true.
1) I ran into Bishop Christ and Sister Christ and Sister Earl at transfers!
2) This is the Fentons, they went home last week. This is us at Ft. Jackson
3) Sister Bell, Montoya, and Brown and I
Sister Bell is a friend from back home and Sister Montoya knows the Star's family! Small world
1) Us with Gracelyn and Hailee
2) Sister Bell and Montoya
3) Stacy our investigator getting baptized very soon and her two daughters. We helped make these dresses! They came to the ward potluck/talent show and sang songs from Frozen