|4th of July Parade!|
Happy belated Fourth of July! I am so grateful for this beautiful country that I live in, that I am able to practice my beliefs freely, and that we are so blessed in this land. We continue to see the miracles here in our work, and I am getting used to working on a bike! It is hot and my farmer tan is glowing haha. We had a fun fourth, we were in two parades! That night we were able to watch the fireworks from inside our front room so we were safe from the mosquitoes.
|our landlady and her miniature horse!|
We met with the young girl who has been coming to church on her own. She has such a sweet spirit. She is excited for baptism, and knows so much already! It always blows my mind how Heavenly Father prepares people, and then we step in for a short time to help them make the step of baptism, and then He continues to bless and guide them.
There is a recent convert we have been visiting, but he hasn't taken the steps to receive the priesthood or go to the temple since he has been baptized. We took some time to talk with him and get to know him better. He told us all about his youth and how he met his wife, who passed away six years ago. He was so in love with her, and has struggled with her loss. It was so neat to see him light up when he talked about her. He is excited and feels the promptings of the spirit, telling him that these steps he is taking are right. He is grateful to know that he can be with his wife again.
We met with the family who has the less active dad and nonmember wife and daughter. They are such wonderful people. They are really opening up and asking questions. It is so strange to break things down so simply, but they recognize how this gospel can bless them and they really want to learn more. When we said the closing prayer, I asked if we could all kneel together, and the mom asked "Is this what you guys do?" Haha it was so funny. She is helping me to really thing about every little detail of the gospel.
We are meeting with a young man who has fallen wayyyyy off the path, but has had some incredible experiences to help him have a desire to come back to church, but more importantly, to turn back to God. He has been reading and praying and his whole countenance has changed. He is being filled with the spirit. It is so awesome to listen to him talk about the things he is feeling. He is so humble and honest. The joy and peace that he is feeling now is exactly what I picture when I think of the word freedom. And boy is it ringing through him. Anything is possible through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I love you all, and I hope you're smiling!