Emily did get baptized on Saturday, and it was amazing. She is so elect! That was so spiritual. I was freaking out a little bit because not too many members were showing up but then I relaxed when I remembered that Emily was making a covenant with the Lord, and He was watching for sure. I once again felt a burning in my heart, witnessing to me that the ordinance performed was true. Sometimes I wonder if my investigators/converts have already achieved a higher level of faith than I have. She passed her interview no sweat, no review at all, and then I was privileged to baptize her and then our branch mission leader who contacted her for the first time at her apartment complex did the confirmation yesterday. The work is hastening!! We attribute so much of her baptism to the members - it was way cool, whenever we had a dinner appointment we just asked the members if our investigator could come, they said yes, then it turned out that Emily went to like three dinner appointments every week. She got to know the members and felt of their love, felt her Heavenly Father's love, then decided to act on the message we shared. It's a miracle!!
Things are great here. Now that I've attended four out of four general conferences on my mission, had all four phone calls to home on my mission, and am now approaching the second birthday on my mission, I realize my time is limited. So I am entering sprint mode.
Elder So and self got a new companion from Taiwan last week. Elder Lu is cool, he's been in the military for a year (though does not look like it), and hardly speaks English. It's his first time in the States, so it's a bit of an adjustment for him. It's pretty funny because he has the exact accent that I made fun of Taiwanese people for having, so that's an adjustment for me. But things are great, we'll do work this last transfer.
I love this work! It is so true!
Have a great week!
- Elder Winters