|Sister Matheson, my baby!|
Whitewashing (replacing two missionaries in an area) is a difficult process. We hit the ground running as soon as we got here, and called every bishop, trying to meet as many people as we could as soon as possible. We cover two stakes, so it is a big area with a lot of people! Luckily, Sister Matheson and I are on the same page... we are both clueless! Haha but everyone has been so helpful, we are finally getting our bearings. There have already been a few nights where we have been so busy that we had to split up and each go to separate lessons! It is exciting to have so many people to teach and help progress.
We met a family and the father has not been baptized. He wants to be baptized so bad! The problem is, that both parents are trying to be divorced from their former spouses. The need to be married before he can be baptized, so that he is living the law of chastity. It is so frustrating to see someone wanting to progress to the waters of baptism, but for them to not be able to move forward! The bishop is working with them to move the process forward. Hopefully he will be able to be baptized soon!
We also met another couple. She wants to go to the temple, and her husband was baptized four years ago but doesn't go to church. He said that he has other responsibilities to take care of, namely providing for his family. He feels like he needs to support his family and work before he can give his time to the Lord. We helped him to understand that we need to trust the Lord. We had him read the scripture Mosiah 2:41.
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
If we put Him first, everything else will work out. We can't do it alone! And they need to be unified as a couple in their goals and what they want for their family. It has been so long since he has felt the spirit, we could tell that he just needs some reminding. His dad passed away a while ago, and he wants to be baptized for him. We are so excited to help them to be ready and worthy to go to the temple.
There was another couple that we met with who are becoming active. the only problem is that he works on Sundays. We told him that he should pray, and pour his heart out to the Lord. It might be a while before he gets an answer, and he might not magically find a new job. But when we have righteous desires, and we continue to do what the Lord has asked of us, He will bless us for our obedience.
I know that this gospel is true, and I am so excited to be able to share it with so many new people that I am meeting every day. Often people commend us for our sacrifice, but I feel so privileged to be here serving. I am the lucky one!
I love you all, and I hope you're smiling!