Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 55: A Week From Heaven!

This past week was so amazing!  Catherine, Cinque, and Quecin were baptized!  A lady in our ward was their school teacher and said the opening prayer, and instantly the Spirit was so strong.  She had one of the boys in her class last year and he was struggling a bit.  She felt prompted to put his name on the temple prayer roll and less than a week later missionaries knocked on their door!  Seeing their faces when they came out of the font was probably one of the happiest moments of my life, their little smiles just melt my heart.  We stood on the side of the font and helped dry off Catherine as she came out of the water and she had tears running down her cheeks.  I felt the Spirit testify to me of the truthfulness of the gospel and the joy it can bring into people's lives.  It was the hottest day of the year so far.  The thermometer read 112 degrees in our car, and the humidity was crazy.  Let’s just say we were sweating all day, and the AC in the church kept shutting off.  Plus the hot water in the font made it feel like a sauna, but nonetheless, it was a great day!  The next day they were confirmed and it was incredible to see the outpouring of love from the ward members. 

Our stake has firesides called "Why I Believe" and converts to the church speak about their conversion stories.  We had one of these firesides last night and it was amazing to hear so many recent converts who were so prepared for the gospel.  It made me even more excited to be a missionary!  

We had a really great lesson this week with a former investigator who we found in our area book.  We took a member with us and they connected so well.  They both suffer from chronic pain and they were able to relate on a level that we could never have related to.  She was able to testify of how the gospel has blessed her since she's joined the church.  It’s great to see how missionary work is so much more effective when the members are involved.  We taught the restoration, and when Sister Thompson quoted the first vision, the Spirit was so strong.  As she looked at the picture she had the biggest smile on her face- the gospel is so true! 

We had a lesson with a couple of pastors at their church this week…very interesting!  Before my mission that would have scared the daylights out of me, but it has been so cool to see that we are truly set apart to preach the gospel.  There is no other way that we would be able to teach the people we do!  
Love you!  Sister Hunter

 So excited for this sweet family!

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