AMABLE GOT BAPTIZED! To start off our Saturday, we got a call in the morning saying she had bought SEVEN cakes to celebrate. Seven! Her daughter, Andrea was baptized 2 week earlier, so Amable was just pumped. We walked in the church that afternoon, and she was just like a little kid on Christmas. So so happy! I couldn’t help but smile also. Non-stop smile!
The baptismal service was wonderful. And after she was baptized, she was asked to share her testimony. She went up to the pulpit, nervous as ever. The only words she could get out were, “I’m so happy. I know this church is true. I’m so so so happy.” Then did the hand motions to form the cross and ran and sat down. (She has been Catholic her whole life).
It was the most precious thing in the world. Afterwards she told me she wanted to try again – she wanted to tell the entire story of how she found the church and why she knew it was true. Luckily, the next day was testimony meeting during church and she would get more opportunities, but I told her that her words were perfect! Because they were! I just love Amable and Andrea and am so grateful I got to meet them and learn from them all the way across the world in A Coruña!
Other than that, this week has been full of finding more people to teach. After what seemed to have been a “dry month”, this week rained references! We saw so many miracles with the people God put in our path. We are hoping to meet with them all this week. So pray that the appointments we have set up work out!
We have also visited TONS of members of the Rama (branch) here. And for a good excuse to get in the door, Hermana Braun and I baked cookies… TONS of cookies! Baking here is a little different. There’s no shortening. The brown sugar is all weird. You have to chop up chocolate bars for chocolate chips. They use the metric system for measuring, which makes it even more challenging, and my little vocabulary of Spanish doesn’t include baking ingredients other than azucar (sugar). Haha. But that’s just one more miracle, the cookies have all turned out decent and none of the people we gave them to got sick. 🙂 In fact, a British man named Kris said they are the best cookies he has been given by missionaries. Be proud mama!!
Anyways, this week I have thought a lot about promises… the promises we make with God. God will never ever not fulfill the promises he makes with us. In the Old Testament, Ezekiel 12:25:
For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.
Think about the promises he has made to us. Study them! Why do we not always follow his commandments if we know that we will receive the blessings He has promised? He says it WILL come to pass! Some of my favorite promises are those in D&C 89 (after Joseph Smith received the Word of Wisdom by revelation which commands us to not drink alcohol, tea, coffee, or other drugs):
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
We simply have to follow a few commandments and the Lord has promised that even the destroying angel will pass by us! That’s because when we are living righteously, the Lord holds Satan bound. How powerful is that!
I’m so grateful to be in here in Spain. There are so many crazy experiences that I just never thought that I would experience. For example, today we went to Santiago to play fútbol with some other missionaries. On the way back to the bus station we just made a pit stop at a world famous cathedral. This cathedral is known for Catholics trekking here from all over the world! For me to just stop by, I felt unworthy. And then we spent a little too much time there and were going to miss the bus, so we had to sprint across town, in the pouring down rain, to the bus station. It felt just like the Amazing Race. Haha. But an even cooler experience, is seeing people be touched by the Spirit. Seeing people recognize truth, and seeing people feel the love of God.
Thanks for your love and support. Have a great week!
Pictures from the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela:
Pictures from playing soccer in the rain today in Santiago de Compostela:
And a picture to show how exhausted missionary work makes you: