This week went by super fast.
First off! The new Christmas video is out because it is officially CHRISTMAS TIME! Wow. What a great time of the year. I've been thinking a lot about my Savior this week, how He is the light of the world. I wasn't feeling very good yesterday so I got to watch a lot of the Bible videos, and the video about Nicodemus and being born again really stood out to me- Christ was teaching Nicodemus and Nicodemus was kind of confused, and Christ, with love, changed a little bit in the video and told him that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. He gave His son so that we could have hope. This week we taught Luis the first part of the Plan of Salvation. We taught how because of the Fall of Adam and Eve and because of our own fallen natures we cannot return to Gods presence- we are lost. Before we could say anything more Luis jumped in and said- "I thank God that He sent us His Son" and he said it with so much sincerity. It was very powerful. Because of Jesus Christ we can overcome the fallen man and become clean and good in a very real and literal way.
I thank God for His Son Jesus Christ. I have felt His love and His power in my life. I know that my heart has been changed and mended and cleaned by His hand.
Thanksgiving was a great day! We went caroling with the other sisters which was a ton of fun. We had dinner with a wonderful family from Argentina and got to practice our argentine accent xD
Wilmer was baptized this weekend! What a great guy. It was a huge testimony to me that this is Gods work. I feel like I hardly taught him at all. He gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Church and wanted to be baptized. And it was that easy!
BUT!! The whole teaching process was so easy and so fast, the actual baptism had to be difficult. So we went to work out in the morning. it was snowing! We slid around a little in the ice getting to the car and without going home we drove to the stake center to fill up the font. While there we realized that the phone had dropped out of Sister Andersons pocket in North Ogden so we called several people from the church wall phone to get them to pick Wilmer up for his baptism. Nobody was answering! We persuaded a sleepy ward missionary to go and find him finally. We ran home and changed and realized we had lost the keys to the building. So we called the elders and got their extra set of keys. We checked the font and realized that we had forgot to plug it!! The next thing was the programs. Without keys we couldnt' get into the library. So we made some more calls on the wall phone while doing our makeup with our iPads as mirrors. The program didn't actually end up working out. Oh well. Finally we got a call from the Ward Missionary who was supposed to pick Wilmer up who said that Wilmer wasn't at home, that someone else had picked him up! We had no idea who it could have been. So we waited and waited. Everyone was waiting for the man who was going to be baptized to show up to his own baptism! But eventually he got there. The program was beautiful. This guy has such a sincere desire to follow Jesus Christ. I was reading in Alma 26
15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
Wilmer was a good man before his baptism. He told us he felt like he was a member his whole life – but he also said that there is a large difference between living like a member of the church and being a covenant son or daughter of Christ. Because of baptism, because of our covenants, because of our Savior, we are brought into an everlasting light, the everlasting darkness is taken away from us and we are allowed to feel of the light and love and truth of God.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
Everything went beautifully right. Down to Sister Ferguson working miracles and making the hot chocolate we wanted to have as the refreshment afterwards without a pot. I still don't know how it happened xD
Anyways, I love you all. I love my Savior. I invite all of you to really find out what it means to you that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Have a happy week!