Monday, May 2, 2016

Baby steps, Miracles and an Earthquake!

Vanuatu Port Vila Mission
This week has to have been one of the best weeks of my mission!!  It was just amazing and so many miracles happened.  We worked a lot with the less-active members and the previous investigators in our area book.  We are working with quite a few of them now, and it's so exciting.  We found a man named Endre.  He is a papa of a new born baby boy.  We talked with him and his wife and they wanted their baby blessed on Sunday.  His wife, Silvia, is a member already and she really wants her husband to be part of the gospel as well as her baby son.

We continued to work with Aru and Cicillia this week.  We set a date for baptism, but Aru doesn't want to get baptized until Cicillia does.  Cicillia is working on getting baptized this upcoming Saturday.  We are praying and fasting that Aru's heart will be softened and that he will have the desire to be baptized with his wife as well.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Leann is also on schedule to be baptized.  She has had some difficulty with her papa, but she wants to be baptized more than anything and her papa sees that.  She is convinced that she will be baptized on Saturday.  We'll be working a lot with her papa this week to try and make that happen.  I hope his heart will be softened to the truth.

We met with our Branch President this week and worked with him on how we can improve our branch.  I am more than happy to announce that church started right on time!  We had all three meetings AND a missionary meeting after church!  It was a miracle!!  The branch president is an amazing man and now he knows that he can rely and trust the missionaries.  We are going to lift this branch!

On Monday this week, the sistas from Showground moved in with us because their house is infested with centipedes, rats and any other kind of bug you can think of.  It has been a lot of fun to have Sista Manly and Rivera stay with us.  We've played a lot of phase 10 at night and even got through all 10 phases!!!  Sista Manly and I tied for first place (must be an American thing! J While we were all out 
running together on Wednesday morning, the ground started shaking and we started hearing glass shattering.  We looked around and realized we were having a huge earthquake.  We were fine, as was our house, but it shook us up a little--literally!

It's amazing to see how when we are doing what the Lord asks, he blesses us!  He opens the windows of heaven and there is no room to receive all the blessings he has for us.  This coming week Sista Tonga and I have to give zone training on obedience.  The more I study and the more I work, the more I come to realize that we are obedient because we love the Lord. That is why we should keep the commandments.  That's why I read my scriptures, go to church, get up at 6:30 a.m. every day, and walk for miles and miles.  It's all because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope that we are all doing everything in our power to follow Him, and I promise
you only happiness will come from it!  I love you all.  Have a marvelous week!

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