Monday, November 05, 2012
Another week has flown by and this one ended on a really high note. To start, we had a great Sunday turnout, although, as always, we were hoping for more. We had 7 investigators at church and the other companionship in the ward, Elder Rodriquez and Grantham had 8. It was awesome. One of my main investigators came which was a miracle. Her name is Gisele and she is 22 and suffered two gun shots in the back saving two lives at her work place in a robbery. The after effect is that she is paralyzed from the hips down and cannot feeling anything in her legs or feet. It was in the hospital that her aunt, an active member, gave her a Book of Mormon and this last week we found out about her and went to visit her. She loved our visits and has been reading the Book of Mormon and soaking it up. To give you an idea, in the gospel principle class I was assigned to teach last minute about obedience and the story of Nephi going to get the plates came up. I knew that she had read it because you already explained to me Friday the whole story in amazing detail, so I asked her to tell the story to the class, which was full of investigators and some members. She boldly told the story and all of the members, including her cousin who was with her, were amazed. It was awesome. I am going to teach her again Tuesday and invite her to be baptized this next Sunday. She came with her aunt in the car and they brought a chair for her that is reclined so that she could kind of sit and laydown for the three hours of church. She loved church. She has an incredible attitude of everything that has been going on with her. We transported her by picking up the chair and going from room to room for the classes. It was awesome. Last night I talked to her relatives and they all told me about how much she liked church and their faith that she would one day be baptized. I think that they will be surprised to learn this week that she might be baptized so soon. It will be fun to tell them after Tuesday if all goes well.
The highlight of yesterday was Jaiany's baptism.
She is the girl who I helped write a card to her dad asking for his permission to let her get baptized. She gave the card to him Thursday and Friday received permission. The dad really liked the card, even cried, and willing let her be baptized yesterday and even came to the baptism. It was awesome. Her mom and 6 year old brother Jair were also there. It was super special. She has been waiting 3 months to get baptized. She was so happy. Friday, when I found out that her dad was letting her get baptized I almost cried from joy. One of those moments I guess when you feel like a lot of work and time and prayers were really worth it. It was, for sure. So, there are the highlights for you all. It was a good week and this week I hope that it gets better. Jaiany will be confirmed, and I am hoping to baptize Gisele. I love you all, and wish you all a great week!!!
Love Elder Lee