Whelp I am staying in Houma another transfer! I'm really happy because I absolutely love this area and it is on fire right now, so I really did not want to get transferred. Unfortunately, Hermana Alder is getting transferred to Baton Rouge. I'm going to miss her so much! Each of my companions has become one of my best friends and it's always sad to get split apart. That being said, I know that my new companion will also be my best friend, so it's all good. I'm going to be with Hermana Burns, and I'm SO excited because we're already really close and she is so sweet. I'm excited for a new transfer and for all the miracles and good times that await us.
I don't have a super ton of time to write this week on account of transfers. The biggest thing that happened this week was that WE HAD A BAPTISM! WOO!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a huge miracle. He's a friend of a family who got baptized a few months ago. We've talked to him before and he's sat in on lessons with the recent convert family, but we never thought he was really interested, and he had some challenges that he told us he just couldn't get over. He's been to church a lot though. Then randomly, a month or two ago, he came up to us as we were leaving a lesson with the recent convert family, and said, "Hey, you know I've been coming to y'alls church for a while now, and I was thinking about getting baptized!" WHAATTTTTTTT okay we can help you with that! But then for the next month or two we had the hardest time setting up appointments with him. We prayed so much that we could meet with him and it just never happened. We would run into him here and there, but nothing major. We had pieces of the lessons with him and he was still coming to church. Then, this last Tuesday, he came to a class that we lead and told us that he had been able to overcome his challenges and had been on the right track for a month! He also told us that he was ready to get baptized finally. At the end of the class, he said the sweetest prayer ever. He just thanked Heavenly Father so much for helping him get to this point. It was the sincerest prayer I've ever heard. He broke down crying during it and you could just feel his relief with finally conquering his challenges and just how prepared he was to move forward. That night, Sister Alder and I were talking about when he could get baptized, and we kept feeling like it could happen on Saturday (just a few days later). He had been to church a bunch, he had had the lessons, he had overcome his challenges, so there was nothing holding him back. We prayed a bunch to know if it was the Lord's will. Well, the next morning we got our answer. Our investigator called us (Wednesday) and talked about how amazing the class was the night before, and then asked if it would be possible to have the baptism on Saturday. We all just felt so right about it. So then we had 3 days to get a baptism together, which was crazy! It all worked out and he was baptized Saturday night and confirmed Sunday morning. We had a bunch of lessons with him in between the class Tuesday night and the baptism, and we did all of them in different members' homes. It was so powerful to see how ready he was, and to see his excitement to start this new chapter of his life. The baptism was so sweet on Saturday. He bore his testimony and talked about how grateful he was that God never gave up on him, and how now he just hopes he can help bring other people to come to Christ as well. The Church is awesome! Miracles are so real. And I just love being a missionary.
You know, it's always at the end of things that you look back and see how amazing it truly has been. These past two transfers with Sister Alder have been nothing short of a miracle. This area had nothing going for it when we got here, and now it's one of the most productive and active areas in the mission. Aside from the statistics though, I can see how much I've grown in the last two transfers. Even in just 13 weeks (we had a 7 week transfer in there), I've come to know my Savior and rely on Him more than I ever have in my life. I feel like I blinked and we went from Sister Alder teaching me the area to now, when I have to teach someone else the area. I absolutely love this work and the chance we have to witness the Lord work mighty wonders. I feel so blessed for every minute I have to be a sister missionary in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission.
I love you all so much! Have the best week ever, and do something every day to leave the earth better than you found it.