This has been such a. . . week.
I'll start with transfer news.
Current area: All of BYU-I (YSA & Married Student stakes), Rexburg Stake, Rexburg Center Stake, and Rexburg East Stake. Companions: Sister Naitoko & Sister Ganbold.
New area: Rexburg East Stake and the YSA stakes at BYU-I
I will still be training Sister Ganbold, but we'll be loosing Sis. Naitoko as our comp. Sis Naitoko will be covering the Married Student BYU-I stakes and the Rexburg Center Stake. She'll also be training a new missionary. The four of us will continue living at the apartment we're in now, so feel free to send things to the same address:
124 S 3rd W
Rexburg, ID 83440
In other news, we had three baptisms this weekend! Let me tell you about all of them:
Mauri is awesome. He's originally from Idaho, is a student here, and is just great. He progressed super fast and loved everything he learned. After his baptism, he asked if he could bear his testimony, and it was a super powerful witness about how coming to believe things is precedent and essential to ever knowing things. It was way, way cool. Pictures to come.
Andrew is one of the happiest people I've ever met. His cute wife, Cheyenne, is a member of the LDS church and they're both BYUI students. He's always had a belief in God, but has felt the spirit pushing him to start reading the Book of Mormon and meeting with missionaries. Every time we met with him he'd always talk about how "right" this felt and how excited he was for his baptism with a smile on his face. When we taught his last lesson about families and temples, the most powerful part was talking about temple sealings with him and his wife. They both plan on getting sealed together for time and for all eternity in the temple a year from now! I'll be off my mission and back as a student at BYUI so I'm FOR SURE attending!!!!!! Pictures to come.
Once upon a time Debbie (c. 60 years old) had been investigating the church for 3-4 years and couldn't get over a smoking problem. She kept relapsing and beating herself up about it and we kept having to move her baptismal date back and back. BUT one day she called us ALL EXCITED saying "sisters!!! It's been a week since I've smoked!!" We went to see her the next day and there was this GLOW of happiness about her. She never had a desire to smoke again and said that feeling the spirit from the Book of Mormon and from attending church has replaced the desire to smoke. Amazing. Since she's kind of weak and old and in a wheelchair, she needed quite a bit of help in and out of the water, but after being immersed in water and coming out, she said "Thank the Lord! Wohoo!!" It was the cutest/happiest thing. Pictures to come.
Thank you all for everything. I'd also like to thank those who share encouraging words and support through letters or emails. Those help me more than you'll ever know.