Hello again everyone! I'm going to try something different today and write about the main highlights throughout the week, rather than going day by day. Hopefully you all still enjoy!
The biggest event of the week was Fumi's Baptism and Confirmation by far! Saturday was such a happy day for her and us; great support from the ward and a beautiful baptismal service. Elder Kapp and I's anxiety throughout the week in preparation for the big day payed off, as he and I witnessed her go into the water and come out completely clean. I can't believe how much the Lord has blessed me in such a short amount of time. As we sang the closing song at the end of the service, "I am a Child of God", I felt the Spirit so strong and thanked Heavenly Father for giving me this opportunity. My heart was full. These are the experiences that strengthen testimonies more than anything else. Seeing the ordinances of the Gospel performed, seeing the smile and light in these people's eyes; the work of Salvation is real, and moving forward to bless the lives of all of God's children.
Another highlight this week has been meeting and teaching a new investigator we found, named Javid. He hails from Pakistan, and enjoys studying religion, having studied Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and a little bit of Christianity. He told us that he is just looking for the truth. We had originally planned to give an Urdu Book of Mormon to his roommate Sanjin, whom we had tracted into about two weeks ago. We swung by the apartment on Tuesday, and Javid happened to answer the door instead. He let us in and we gave him the Book of Mormon that we had brought for his friend. He was interested in where our church was, having looked at the pass-along card with the Täby Chapel's address that we had given to Sanjin. We chatted about the Book of Mormon for a little bit, then set up an appointment to meet at the Center on Friday. Our lesson on Friday went well also; we went through the Restoration, taught him how to pray, then invited him to church on Sunday.
That leads me to Sunday. As I mentioned before, Fumi's confirmation was on Sunday also. So we planned to meet Javid at a tunnelbanna station then go the rest of the way to Church with him. He was late on meeting us, and Kapp and I HAD to get to church on time so that we could be in the circle for the ordinance. After about 9:45, Kapp and I had to head to Church, otherwise we were going to miss it. We called Javid and told him to wait at a bus station and explained to him that we had to be at church on time; We told him we would pick him up after the confirmation. So basically, we made it to the church at the very last minute. We literally ran into the chapel just as the circle was formed and Bishop was making sure he had Fumi's name pronounced correctly. Wow. Again, I thanked Heavenly Father a thousand times for letting us make it on time. That's probably the closest I've cut anything before in my entire life. We left after taking the Sacrament, met up with Javid, and escorted him to the church, where he stayed for the last two hours.
Other then Javid, we taught our friend Theo again on Thursday, as well as David on Friday. They are doing well and enjoy meeting with us. Our visits with Theo have to be kept short, due to his work schedule, but we taught him a quick Resto and invited him to be baptized once he believed our message to be true; he responded with, "Sure! Why not?" Super positive. David is doing well also, we discussed the blessings of the priesthood with him this week, and committed him to prepare to receive it after being baptized.
The final highlight would be celebrated Sisters Bolton and DeMille's 1 year mark at the Pence's house this Thursday. We had a great party with tons of great, American style food. The Pence's spoil us here; missionaries are treated like celebrities at their place.
I will conclude this highlight reel with a famous scripture in 2 Nephi 31: "Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would beobedient unto him in keeping his commandments...And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them.
Christ has shown us the perfect, only way. I am eternally grateful for his example and for his pure Gospel. As we strive to live by his way, we will become more like him.
Until next time!! Stay tuned for transfer information next week!!