10/10/16: Everyday is Christmas

It’ll be a short one this week.  We have to catch our flight to Madrid for our leadership meeting.  But it was a great week here in the islands with my new companion Hermana Deeter!

The majority of the week was spent in meetings and preparing for Vairon’s baptism. We saw a little hidden miracle however. We were supposed to have our last visit with Vairon before his baptism, and
Hermano Bogado- who would baptize him- was coming with us.  Well we show up at their house and only Vairon’s dad Jon and his grandma are there because of some miscommunications.  My first thought was “oh my, Hermana Bogado came all the way out here for this and now we are going to have to cancel” and so forth.  Well in the end we were able to teach that lesson we had planned the next day with Vairon, and teach Jon who is also investigating the church, with the help of Hermano Bogado who helped him a ton!  He helped him resolve some doubts he had and we put a goal for Jon to prepare to be baptized on the 12th of November.  That was one more testimony to me to trust in God a little bit more, He knows exactly what he’s doing.

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Our last lesson we talked about missionary work and made him his chapa. He said he is deciding between serving in Texas or the Congo. haha

So Saturday was the day.  There were some great talks, and the primary did a little musical number, but the best part was Vairon’s smile coming up out of the water after being baptized.  Then the hug he gave his grandma after changing.  And the sweet testimony his grandma, Libia, shared afterward.  She said it is one more step to the promise she was given in her patriarchal blessing to having an eternal family united in the church.  I love this family!

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Vairon’s baptism

Well I thought I’d end with the vision we have for our zone this transfer – Joy! We loved the talk by President Nelson about joy this general conference.  Joy comes from Christ; there is no other source, and the scripture in 2 Nephi 2:25 that reads “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”  Our mission president has given us specific goals to be more diligent, obedient, and faithful.  We want to do these things, and do them joyously!  I loved this because that’s exactly what the mission has been for me, something joyous.

Love you.  Have an awesome week!

Hermana Devereaux


A few more pictures from this past week…

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This is Vairon’s father and Hermano Bogado who baptized him
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Remember those crazy district leader meetings from the north? Now try it from multiple islands.
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Our hallway continues to be obnoxiously long

 

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