What a week! Ever since we got our car the work has been picking up like crazy! So Sis Giani hurting her arm was a hidden blessing. We've been able to see so many more people and finally get grounded in this ward.
J, our totally hippie friend who recently came back to Church, has a daughter named E, and this past week she decided completely on her own that she wants to get baptized. She was in the car with her mom one day and said, "mom, I've been thinking about it the past couple days, and I think I want to get baptized." Before they went on vacation we gave her a For the Strength of Youth pamphlet and she read the whole thing and LOVED it! Also, she said she wants to get baptized so she can be a missionary some day! So cute right?! I love her so much! We taught her the first discussion last week and she picked August 1st as her baptismal date. The perfect birthday present? Uhhhh yeah!
Also I wanted to tell you about an experience we had this week. We got a call from the Elders in Rocklin with a referral from a member there. Her name is Tiffany. We dropped by early Saturday after a meeting with the ward chiropractor who conveniently adjusted us after the meeting.
Anyway, she opened the door and she was absolutely beautiful. She had her make up all done and hair perfect. She was covered in tattoos and she just looked like a very worldly person. We told her that her friend sent us by because he had heard she was struggling and thought she might be interested in hearing a message of hope.
As soon as we said that tears started streaming down her face. She didn't say anything she just cried and we didn't know what to say, so we just cried with her. After a few minutes she started telling us that she was lost and that there was no hope for her. There was nothing anyone could do. She told us about her very difficult struggles and I was speechless.
I prayed in my heart that I would know what the Savior would say to her, and all that came to me was to testify that despite her lack of trust in God there IS a God and He loves us. We testified that He knows her and that He cares. She wouldn't accept it and continued talking about how if God loved her He would know her limit. We continued testifying that He did and by the end of our conversation she started to have a glimmer of hope. She could say that there were better things to come for her, whereas at the start of our conversation she couldn't say that.
That experience taught me many things. One: sometimes even though people look like they've got it all together, they totally don't. Two: There is always hope. We had no factual evidence that God loved her, but as we testified, the Holy Ghost did His job and her heart softened and her faith increased. Three: Heavenly Father will always help us know what to say so we can be His hands in lifting the broken hearted.
I wish I could share all the wonderful experiences and miracles I see happening everyday, but just know that Heavenly Father is hastening His work. He absolutely hears every one of our prayers hand answers them through others. Even sister missionary's prayers. :)
I love y'all. I miss you. Have a good week. Scripture of the week Alma 7:11-13.
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
He knows how to bind up our broken hearts.