Monday, February 24, 2014

Preparing for Baptisms

bula mama,

well this week was a wananavu week! well for the most part. we had 3 of our investigators have their baptism interviews this past saturday and they did well, so they will be baptized on 1 march, this saturday. all 3 of them our kids...8, 10, and 12. it's amazing how much they can understand about the Gospel and the Restoration at such a young age. it really shows how the Lord has prepared them at this time. 

while preparing Nikhil and Navneet for their baptism interview i thought back to how we first started teaching them. when we first went to OYM their house we only met their father. we found out that their dad use to be an investigator to the elders like 7 years ago. so we got so excited and we started to teach him. at our 3rd visit or so with him i asked if his sons were home and if they would want to come and listen to the lesson. at the first lesson i knew that we didn't come to this house for their father, we came for them. i didn't know why i had this thought but i just knew that the boys would be baptized before their father, the Lord had prepared the boys for us at this time. as we continued to visit them and teach them we found out why the dad wasn't prepared. there was something that needs to be dealt with before he can be baptized but the boys were ready. this week while we were practicing their baptism questions during our lesson i was just thinking that i would have never met these boys unless we asked them to come out that one day. we probably would've taught their dad a little while and then dropped after a while because he lost interest. but since we asked them to come out that one day, although their dad still lost interest, the boys didn't! so on saturday when they get baptized my heart will be full of joy because the minute that come out of the water they receive the key into the kingdom of our Heavenly Father, all they have to do is endure to the end and enter the temple so they can stay in the kingdom. im also hoping that their baptism will make their dad think about his own baptism and make him realize that if he wants to be with his sons forever, he needs to follow their footsteps and be baptized.

we found a new family this week. there are 3 daughters, the mom, and the grandma. their dad passed away about 5 years ago. when we went back for our first actual lesson with them we taught them about the Godhead, prayer, and families. you could feel the Spirit so intensely. i poured my heart out to them about how it is possible for them to see their dad again and to live with him forever. i could see the oldest daughter's face start to change. the first part of the lesson she listened but you could tell that she wasn't really interested. but as a bore my testimony to her about families are forever i could see her demeanor start to change. i could feel the Spirit working in me and also in her and right when i was about to "break" her, her cousin walked in yelling and "POOF!!" the Spirit was gone. Satan really does everything he can to keep people from receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ. i was so mad at the cousin for doing that but i knew that she didn't know we were there, but after that the lesson wasn't the same. the Spirit wasn't as strong and so we just closed our lesson and prayed. we walked out of the house and i was so angry at what just happened! as a missionary i forget that when we open our mouth to one person Satan is right there trying to stop them from listening to us. He's the worse!! but when we say our investigators progressing by reading the book of mormon, praying, coming to church, inside im jumping for joy because they are overcoming the temptations of Satan.

last story. sis. alaga and i went up to boca on thursday and it was raining crazy!! there were rivers going over the roads!! (dirt roads) so when we crossed we had to pull our skirts up because the water was up to our knees. anyway when the elders came to pick us up they told us that we had to all walk down to the truck because the water was too deep for them to drive it up. so we walked through the river and it was like up to our knees, sometimes mid-thigh. well at one point walking through the river my camera was in my pocket and it fell out. i didnt notice til we were driving down the hill and so the elders took us back up to go look for it. it was 730pm and it was dark already and the elders just dropped us there because they had an appointment and they were going to come back for us. so we told them after we look we would just start walking down and they can just pick us up when they see us. so we looked for like 30 minutes in the dark with our flashlights and we couldn't find it. so we started walking down at about 8pm. we walked and walked and walked and walked all the way to line point. it's like from our house to wailua golf course. we walked up and down hills along the main road at 8-9 o'clock at night, just us 2 sisters. it was the longest i have ever walked in my life!!! finally the elders came and picked us up and took us home and as soon as we sat down we couldn't get up again. the next morning...burrahh!!! we couldn't move our legs, like fo real!! lol. but it was definitely a memorable night that im sure ill never forget :)

au lomani kemudou sara valevu!!

loloma levu,

sista chong

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