I cannot even put into words this past week, or the last four weeks. Heavenly Father just keeps blessing Sister Durfee and I. I am so grateful for all that he is doing with the people here in Richmond. I am filled with gratitude for all that he is continually doing for us. I sometimes wonder how all of this great work keeps happening. It seems so unreal, but then I remember that I have a Father in Heaven who has all power. I know with 100 percent surety that this is his work, and that I am simply a servant in his hands. I was reading one day in the Book of Mormon where the Sons of Mosiah are "made" instruments in His Hands. I feel as if we have to be made instruments in his hands. We can't just simply be instruments. We have to work for it. They were made instruments in his hands as they converted many souls to the Gospel. I want to continually strive to be "made" in instrument in Heavenly Fathers hands. I want to do anything I possibly can to help him with His work. I expect miracles and Baptisms. Miracles are happening everyday! I need to continually work with all my heart, might, mind, and strength so those miracles and Baptisms can continue to happen! I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ!
So...we are meeting with a man named Carlos. He speaks Spanish, and has a wife and two kids. We are having members who speak Spanish teach for us, but it is a little difficult. It is weird because we have a great investigator, but we can't communicate with him. He said he wants to be Baptized, and he is reading the Book of Mormon too. He is going to drive to Lexington to the Spanish Branch for church. He is amazing, and I am excited for him and his family as well! It is my dream! He is going to get Baptized, then he is going to Baptize his family, then they will get sealed next year as a family! WOOP WOOP! That is what I am talking about! It will happen don't you worry!
THE PEOPLE THAT I LOVE: aka investigators.
Jeremiah is a 15 year old boy. He gets Baptized this Saturday!!! WOO HOO!! He was the Berea North Elders investigator, but he moved into our area. He has a great spirit about him, and he is so humble and loving. He is so ready for Baptism even though we have a few lessons to teach him. I am so excited for him!
Jada is doing great still! She gets baptized next Saturday March 29th. We are super excited for her. She is such a strong person. I am amazed by here everyday, and how the Gospel is changing her. She is almost done with Mosiah already too! She is so willing to do anything that has to do with the Gospel. She came to the fireside last night in Lexington. She has come to four Baptisms. She came to a relief Society activity as well. I love her so much, and am so excited to see her enter the waters of Baptism!
Nickie is still doing good. She now has a Baptismal date for April 12th. We are excited for her because she is finally quitting smoking! It is the last hurdle she has to jump, and she is ready for Baptism. She is super involved in the ward already, and loves this Gospel.
Jeff is doing great as well! He is still on track to get Baptized April 12th. He came to all of church yesterday, and he is reading 6 chapters or more a day in the Book of Mormon! He loves the Book of Mormon! He is so prepared for this Gospel, and is doing fantastic!
Charlie's baptismal date we had to move to April 12th. He relapsed on a couple things because of the environment that he is living in. He is going to try and change his living conditions this week, so he can really progress. He has such a kind loving heart though. He has such a strong testimony of this Gospel!
Those are all of are most progressing investigators!
We had an exchange this last week, and I got to be with Sister Bayles again! It was awesome! We were going to knock on this guys door who was a referral. I saw this lady standing outside her door out of the corner of my eye across the street. I was prompted that we needed to talk to her after we contacted the referral. Well, the referral wasn't home, and she yelled over to us to tell us that. We then ran over to talk to her. Well, Her name is MIchelle. She has been through a lot! She is so wonderful. We taught her and she just has this great spirit about her. You can just tell that she is looking for the truth! I loved it! As we talked with her in her home, she said my name probably a million times. I felt bad because she didn't mention Sister Bayles once or really look at her. I felt really bad! She just kept saying " sister Bradley.. well... sister Bradley... oh and what do you think about this Sister Bradley." It was funny! She is so sweet though! We get to teach her again tonight! I am stoked!
Last Monday this less-active and his wife (who isn't a member) took us to play softball. It was way fun! When I was out on the field I just tumbled haha! Then we made tie dyed shirts with them, and a steak dinner. It was so much fun! I loved it!
I hope you all have had a great week! I love you all!