Monday, May 5, 2014

Awkward...but awesome!!

This week has been absolutely wonderful, and I could probably spend all day talking about it. But instead, here are some of my favorite moments!

For one, I taught the entire Priest and Laurels class the law of chastity.  So, that was....something.  It was time for that lesson with Sean, and it was the LAST one we needed to teach him.  We had it all planned and ready, when we get this text from the Young Men's president: "In an effort to support Sean, we've cancelled mutual this week, and will be joining you for the discussion with Sean!  See you there!"  Now, we as missionaries love a support group.  But of all days....So, I braved my first chastity lesson, and taught about 15 mortified teenagers. Yep.
With all of that said, it's been a wonderful experience teaching these young men and women, and it's been so neat to see them all come together to help him!  They've each been there, every step of the way, loving and supporting him. Recently, his family decided to move to Ventura, so he'll be moving in with a family in our ward.  We're so excited that he'll be staying here in Camarillo, and he's SO excited to be baptized.  It's scheduled and ready to go for this Friday at 4:00, so you'll have pictures by next week!

Just another bit of exciting news...PETE COMMITTED TO BE BAPTIZED!!  What?! 
Honestly, they are just an amazing family.  Since I last updated you, THEY GOT MARRIED!!  Woohoo!!  Over Easter weekend, they had a wedding in Vegas, then planned to be sealed...eventually.  Pete's been taking lessons since about December, and has been such a faithful investigator.  He's kept all his commitments, always come to church, and really, has done everything he can.  But he's been very cautious in making sure he's joining for the right reasons, and wanted to receive an answer that the Book of Mormon was true before committing to be baptized.  So this week, we focused on teaching him to recognize the spirit.  Everyone shared times that they felt the spirit, and how they recognized the answers they received.  He loved the lesson, and at the end, said, "Well sisters...I think my days of investigating are coming to an end."   He asked us to give him a few days to think about what we had taught.  By the next night though, he asked us to come back over.  He said, "I know now that Heavenly Father answered my prayers a long time ago.  I just didn't recognize it until now!"  He committed to be baptized, and we're in the works of setting an exact date and getting his interview set up!  He wants it to be before the transfer so we can both be there, but there's really no way it can be done that quickly.  Of course, we'd love the chance to be around for it, but we'll go wherever the Lords needs us.  Still, we've been so blessed to have the chance to meet Pete, Doenice, and Brooke.  It's amazing to see how much they've grown as a family, and we're so excited for their future.

Well, I've got to head out for today...But, I love you, and will talk to you on SUNDAY!!! :)