Well my new companion is Sister Childs from American Fork, UT and someday she will be the General Relief Society President! This is her last 6 weeks as a missionary and we have big plans for it! The goal is 3 baptisms! We didn't waste any time at all. We have been sprinting and teaching every minute possible! Wow I'm pretty exhausted, but I wouldn't want it any other way :)
This week our investigators have made a lot of progress!
~____ has been an investigator since she lived in El Salvador about 5 years ago. She has been waiting for certain things to get straightened out for a good long while and things are finally falling into place! We're planning a beach wedding and a baptism for the end of July :) We are so excited for her! Her family needs this.
~____ is the daughter of a member who hasn't come to church in years. She is reading the Book of Mormon and preparing to be baptized June 21. We were talking with her about how she can strengthen her family through her example of living the gospel and she invited her 9 year old brother to be baptized with her! He thought it was a great idea :) We'll be working with the parents and teaching him the things he needs to know as well :) The Gospel Blesses Families!
~____, our investigator who we've been working with for 2 weeks now, came to church yesterday! He told us all week that he really wanted to come but had to work. We explained the importance and power of prayer. Long story short we all prayed super hard and long all week and who showed up at 11:30? ___ did! He sat front row and absorbed everything he heard! He had excellent questions for us when we stopped by last night and is so excited for his baptism the 5th of July!
Have you ever wondered what the requirements for Baptism are?
37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism— All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I love the peace and happiness that it brings to individuals and especially to families. I have seen it change so many people, including my own family and myself. I know with all of my heart that this truly is the "good news" being sent forth to all the world and I feel so privileged to have this opportunity to serve the Lord and represent Him in New Jersey."Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." 3 Nephi 5:13