Monday, August 3, 2015

Pioneer Day

Hey fam! 

Well this week was full of mini miracles.  I know that Heavenly Father is aware of us, and our needs, and our desires.  I know He helps us acccomplish our just and righteous desires. :) 

Well to start off J got baptized this Saturday! WHOO! He is the friend of our other baptism here of M.  He is 18 years old, and awesome.  He was waiting for his baptism he told us.  He stopped drinking coffee, and we are still working with him reminding him about breaking the addiction because it is still hard for him.  M recieved the priesthood this last Sunday, and they are both going to the temple this Saturday! :) We found ties and the ward and the elders gave us white shirts to give them!  He and M were so prepared by the Lord in this time, Hermana H and I are so happy for them.  
The day of his baptism there was some confusion in the zone that if someone was 18 years old and lived with their parents, they still needed their signature on their bapstismal registry.  Well his parents are Catholic and even though earlier we had met with his Mom to try to get her permission verbally, they were not going to sign his baptismal registry.  I was SO sad because he was so prepared and was waiting for this day.  But after talking with the APs they told us that this rule had changed and that they he didn't need his parents signature because he was 18.  I look up to J in this way that even though his parents were not in favor of him getting baptized and didn't want him to, he told us he knew that this is what he wanted to do.  We heard him talking on the phone with his Dad trying to get permission, and I know that J has received a testimony of the the truth.  He too had been prepared by missionaries earlier, who had been in his house to teach his brother and other friends.  Even though the missionaries never taught him, he had listened in on their discussions.  He had when we started teaching with him ALL of the paphlets of the lessons.  He told us that missionaries one day were giving out pamphlets and he recieved all of them... haha He and M, I know will do great things in this gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Well we also this week had our Pioneer activity.  Well we are still working on getting more of the members and investigators to show up, but for the youth that were there after seminary (they have seminary at night) they liked it! :) Attached is one of the members that showed up to help us give her story of the "pioneer trek". Dad sent me a sweet quote from Pres Uchtdorf's talk in the Ensign and it was awesome! I'm so grateful for our pioneer ancestors, and it was interesting teaching about the pioneers here.  A lot of the youth didn't even know what a pioneer was and why they were important to us!  Their example in our lives and their spirit of optismism and hard work is what we now can demonstrate too! Especially here in the mish :) 

Well the Lord is helping us here in Zambrano. Right now we are struggling with helping people progress, but I know that Heavenly Father is helping us, and we just have to be patient. 

Love you all! 
Hermana Nichols 

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