Itainá, the girl who was a referall from the Elders AND members last Sunday, was baptized! It really was the most smooth baptism of my life.. she is just that elect. It´s always the youth whoa re like that. When we followed up with her after teaching the restoration, she just said ´´I don´t usually like to read a lot, but after reading that pamphlet you left, I just wanted to read it again and know everything.´´ She´s pretty shy, but she told us with a big smile she wanted to be baptized. The spirit was so strong in every lesson and she was just so prepared. She even went to a YW activity. I think one of the biggest miracles was that the ward did EVERYTHING at the baptism. The YW sang, someone made brownies, they had all the talks and messages lined up, usually things the missionaries have to do themselves. I´m just very grateful for the whole thing. The church is true! Her mom came to the baptism and I hope she´ll have the desire to come to church and be taught too, and her older sister too.
Another miracle this week was finding an elect less-active, Diego. It turns out a different Diego who was also baptized used to live in that house, so this Diego was just confused as to how we found him when he was baptized in another ward.. LONG ago. We just taught him from the beginning because he didn´t remember anything. He even asked us if he could be baptized again.. just a reminder that our success isn´t always in our numbers. Did I mention he´s in a wheelchair? He was mistaken for someone else and was shot several times, leaving him without use of his legs. He wheeled himself to church alone. So cool! The Lord really wanted us to find him.
Miracles happen every day, and looking for them really is a skill that you have to practice. If you just write the good things that happen each day and realize God´s hand in all things, it can change everything. This week, I´m not sure who we´re gonna baptize. We finally got a hold of A again and marked and appointment with him 6:00 tonight. Running into him in the street again was a miracle. He´s still curious about everything but I think he may have problems with commandments so he´s not really too committed about baptism. But that´ll change ;)
It´s so fun to hear about your mission, mom and dad. Mom, you are so enthusiastic in your letters. I bet the Sisters love spending time with you guys :) I loved the things you said about companions. You can´t build zion if zion doesn´t exist first in your home and with your companion! I´m learning a LOT of things about that, and I hope it at least helps me someday with my future husband. Something Sister Seal taught me is that ANY problem with your companion is just a problem with yourself.
That´s so sad to hear about Uncle Lars. I know dad had a very special relationship with him and I´ll always remember good things about him.
I love you all so much! The church is true and Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us to enjoy the journey, so remember to laugh! If you can only be good at one thing, be good at smiling :)