Rafael's baptism was on Friday night. It was wonderful! He came an hour early and kept saying, let's just do it right now, we're the only ones that are going to show up any way. But a lot of members came and I know that he felt very loved. He is a great guy and has taught me a lot. He always calls me his "little brother" and Elder Graf is his "Big brother."
President Foote called this morning and I'm being transferred on Wednesday. In the past I would feel anxious and nervous for transfers. And when the call would come that I was leaving I would feel sad to be leaving. For some reason this transfer has been a little different. It snuck up on me so fast I hadn't even thought about it. And when the call came I felt peace. I think it's is because I know that I have done my best in this area. And I love the members here so much, but I'm not sad to leave them because I know that there is somewhere else that God needs me.
God has taught me a lot here in Lake Jodeco. I've learned to really trust in Him and to counsel with Him daily. Perhaps the greatest blessing was the time I spent serving with Elder Graf. Now, he is not perfect by any means and we had our days where we were butting heads so hard that we both came home with goose eggs. But he is a devoted missionary and a great leader. I think at times I was a little like Laman and Lemuel. I have been on a mission longer then him and I had to humble myself to be able to learn from his example and experiences.
We went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders on Thursday. I learned a lot from Elder Alade about Personal revelation. How comforting is it to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father? He wants to help us, He wants to guide us, and He wants us to enjoy ourselves and be successful! We just have to make sure we keep communication with Him.
On Friday we had an emergency exchange with one of the companionship's in the District. They needed "Marriage Counseling" as they called it. I've come to the conclusion that man and man just weren't made to live together. One of the hardest things of being a missionary is having a companion that is so different than you and having to work hard and work together. Not easy. But you sure do learn a lot.
I'll keep this one short. I love y'all and I know God lives! I've felt the Spirit, I've seen the blessings of following promptings and felt the regret of wishing I had. May we all make the time to talk with God and recognize his love and guidance in our lives.
A couple months ago when I first came into this area and was serving with Elder Jones, we helped out someone who had run out of gas. They were driving a suburban, had tried to turn off onto a side road and got stuck right in the middle of traffic. No one was stopping to help them so we pushed the car out of the way and helped her to get gas. Her friend, Anali also showed up with a gas container to help. And, lucky us, they both spoke Spanish. We were a little more focused in the driver of the stranded vehicle then we were her friend. We got her address and phone number and the address of Anali as well. I plugged the addresses into my gps.
Fast foreword... 2 weeks ago Elder Graf was just calling through all the numbers in the phone to see if anyone was interested and he called Ruby. We set an appointment and saw her twice last week. She's a little quiet, but she's smart and listens really well.
Yesterday, things went through and I wasn't really sure what to do. But I kept clicking on Anali's name on the Gps. Since we met her we had never gone to see her. So, we went. Turn's out she is the sister of Ruby, and she is awesome! We sent an appointment to see them both this Thursday. God is truly aware of all his children and there have been many times where I knew without a doubt that we were in a specific place at a specific time for a specific reason and that God wanted us to be there.
He set the date of the 19th of September to be baptized!! He's still as funny as ever. But we caught him off guard one day and just stopped by. I think he was taking a nap or something because he was a little grumpy and kept correcting everything that Elder Graf said in Spanish. Then Elder Graf was a little grumpy and I just thought the whole thing was a little funny. Good times.
They are still awesome! Gloria wants to send missionaries to her sister in Mexico. She is on point and understands everything so well. Still working on divorce so that she can get married to Jesus. It had been about a month where we lost contact with them and they weren't coming to church. But we met with them Saturday and we are going to see them tonight.
You'll hear a lot more about them later. The parents are members that hadn't been to church in 11 years. They have come the past two weeks. Their daughter Yesenia is 18, and hasn't been baptized. So we are starting to teach her. We had a noche de hogar with them at the Paredes house. Lots of food, lots of fun. Yesenia has a lot of really good questions.