Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 - I have 32 bug bites on my feet and legs!


My week has been:

​#doesntdoitjustice #heapsmoreontheothersides 

Other than the 32 bug bites I have on my feet, this week has been really good (: 

We had an amazing week, actually. We got to see our investigators Mya and Melissa and invite them to be baptized on the 6th of June (yay). On Tuesday we taught Melissa the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we taught, she practically invited herself to be baptized. We read Mosiah:

"and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light. Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mournyea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrectionthat ye may have eternal life—Now say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as witness before him that ye have entered into covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts."

 We asked her why she wanted to be baptized, and why it is important and she said to follow Christ and be closer to God. Her girls came to youth on Wednesday, and on Thursday we brought a youth girl with us to teach Mya. When we got into the home, she told us she wanted to be baptized like her mum. She hadn't been taught the Plan of Salvation yet, so we helped her understand the importance of our life here on earth, and why we must follow Jesus Christ now so we can be happy and live with him when we die. The questions she asked were amazing and so profound for a girl her age. We invited her to be baptized with her mum and she accepted! They are eager to learn about the commandments and were excited to go to church with us.
When Sunday rolled around they showed up, and sat with members for sacrament meeting! During Gospel Principles, the elders taught about final judgement. At the end, when they asked for comments, I was surprised when Melissa spoke up, because she is so quiet. She said she wants to make those changes to be ready for final judgement not only to please her Heavenly Father, but to be a good mum and role model for her children. Sunday was a beautiful day, even through the rain and storms. 
It poured the last couple of days. POURED. It was beautiful.  I LOVE the rain, so I was excited to go out in it. Sister Tukuafu put up with it pretty well (she HATES the rain) and during our time, we found a new family as well as a couple others to start teaching next week. (: We also found a less active man who needs to get his great grandchild blessed.(: It was so funny, his name is actually Bill, and after talking to him for several minutes, he noticed our badges and said "You're Mormons! So am I, come in!!" HAHA, Gotta love those kind of people. (: 

We also met another man named George who converted from Saudia Arabia, being brought up Islam and converted after fleeing the country when he was just married, and was baptized into the LDS church when he was a refugee in Jordan. After moving here, he has been producing television series about Christianity to his people in his language, and has helped convert thousands and bring people to Christ. He says he does not care what happens to him, or where the people  go from there, but he only cares about showing people the light of Christ he felt when he prayed to God in His name. He wants that for his people. His story inspired us. (: 
People are amazing. I love hearing their prayers and testimonies.

Sister Tukuafu is teaching me all about loving the people we teach. She loves everyone so much and is always thinking of them. I love that about my companion. It's amazing what love can do for people. (: 

This week was full of miracles. We see the hand of the Lord in the work. He is answering my prayers. I'm more exhausted than I have ever been but also VERY happy! (: 
I have felt your prayers this week. My back, especially, has felt your prayers and hasn't bothered me since Monday. I know it's because of the faith of my family, so THANK YOU! It is a miracle. 

I love you all so much. (: 
Sister Falter 

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