My light and joy: Lynda. She's set to be baptized on September 22nd. She's been WITHOUT CIGARETTES FOR 4 DAYS!!!!! She's doing SO well and she cant wait to be baptized! Lynda told us last week in one of our lessons that she's so excited to pay her tithing. She did it on Sunday, even though she doesn't have enough to make ends meet. She said "I will NOT be ashamed to be a Mormon! THIS is what I believe!!" She's soooo converted and she has so much faith. I love it.
Kathy, the Wicca, showed us last week how she prays. She doesn't pray, really. She "casts." To the Goddess of the Night, Diana. She sets up 2 candles, one of them white and the other one red. The white one was Diana and the red one was the Great-horned God. She didn't light them, she just knelt down on the floor and prayed. So okay, we need to teach a little more about Heavenly Father, but she is truly curious about our beliefs! Actually, even though that prayer-cast was to the wrong God, it was one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard on my mission. So sincere. Kathy plead for Diana to help her become a better Kathy, she also asked Diana if she should keep learning from us missionaries. By the end of the cast, she was crying. Its strange, but the Holy Ghost was so strong during the whole lesson and her prayer. She's just a bit confused on some basic truths, but she has such a good heart and I feel a lot of peace in her home. I think she is mistaking the holy ghost for a goddess. She talks a lot about feeling peace and hours of meditation, trying to get answers. Its close to what we encourage all people to do as they invite the spirit. So, Kathy is basically praying to the Holy Ghost. haha. She is coming to Relief Society this Thursday and church on Sunday, so we'll see how she likes it! (you know what else? I found the goddess Diana in the bible this morning while I was reading...crazy....If anyone is curious, just read Acts 19. She's also in the bible dictionary! )
This week, because Sister Landon is the new coordinating sister, I got to do some work in espanol! 3 whole days! And guess what?! I said a whole prayer in Spanish! Granted, it was a simple one, but a prayer nonetheless. I am amazed how much I was able to remember from 7th grade Spanish class, I can understand about 30% of what the Mexicans said. Pretty good for being terrible at Spanish. I think the Lord blessed me with the ability to understand. Anyway, it was cool. We also did some service for a thrift store, I will send a picture of the before. There is no after picture, its still a mess every time we sort through stuff. But who bought a real cashmiere sweater for $2.14? yup. Me.
Deafie Dianne called last night with the most sad news I've ever heard. Her uncle died last week. Then, her daughter died on Saturday, so she is taking custody of her grandchildren. (Dianne is 54, so I think her daughter was in her 20's.) Lani, our deaf member, called her on the VP and they talked and Lani later told me that she still wants to be baptized once she feels better. Its just this whole crazy brain surgery thing, takes forever to heal from. And now this. She has to raise children again...I don't think they know ASL either. I was so sad to hear that but I know the gospel can bless her and her current situation. Hopefully she can be baptized in September or October!
I love all of you! Keep up the testimonies!