This week has ended with miracles! We were teaching our investigator Joe last night and we had a miracle happen. We started teaching him when a member invited them over to their house for dinner. After sharing the message of the Plan of Salvation with their family, he turned to us and asked us to teach him. When we first started to teach him he told us to not be disappointed if he didn't get baptized. He has been through lots of missionary sets and has been going to the church for 3 years with his wife who is a member. He is pretty much already a Mormon, but hasn't been baptized (a "dry Mormon"). We had talked with him about his concerns with Joseph Smith, authority, the Book of Mormon, and other things. We always had very spiritual lessons. Last night when we went to teach him, we planned to commit him to a baptismal date in December to see if he would make progress. When we started the lesson, he told us that he thought he was ready to get baptized. Both shocked, we tried not to over-react too much. We were very excited and then went on to teach him what baptism was. At the end of the lesson, Sister Corbridge asked him, "where do you see your relationship with Jesus Christ in a month from now?" He looked at us and said, "well, baptized." We both froze and weren't sure what to do. We wanted to jump out of our seats and jump up and down, but we remained as calm as we could. He wanted to be baptized on the 23rd of November, but that is stake conference. And he has his children this weekend and they are not allowed to go to church. So, we talked about things and we committed him to a date of November 30th. It was an amazing experience. The spirit was so strong. None of us, including his wife, thought he would be baptized that soon. We had fasted for him the other week, and Heavenly Father has brought forth miracles!
Also, Wayne came to church this week! We had a total of 6 investigators at chruch! It was incredible :) But we were excited to see him at church. He has really opened up to us recently. He has been kind of quiet since we started to teach him, and we weren't sure how committed he was, but the past few weeks, he has really started to open up to us and we have been able to help him more. He only needs to come to church a few more times, and he could be baptized. We keep praying for him to gain an answer that this church is where he needs to be, but he is hesitant. We hope that he will start to move forward. He is reading the Book of Mormon and starting to come to church! It will only go up from here, right? :)
Random: They are finally putting our road down!! Horray! We have been without a street in front of our house for about month. They would come one day and move a tractor...and then the next blow some leaves...you know. typical construction work...slow. But this morning we heard some loud noises and sure enough, they were putting down the asphalt!! Yay!! We were pretty excited. We are easily entertained....
We are teaching a cute 10 year old girl named Daisy and her sister Allison. This past week we taught them about the Restoration and they really like it. Daisy thinks a lot for her age. She thinks very deeply and has a lot of questions and comments. She pretty much told us the story of Joseph Smith before we even told her. She just figured that since the church was taken off of the earth, that God must have needed to restore it! At the end, we asked her if she would be baptized, and she said yes at first. But then we went into some more detail about the Priesthood authority, and then she said "totally! of course!" It was really cute. I love teaching kids :)
I also went to Cincinnati this week for a leadership council. Which includes waking up at 4:30am and driving for 3.5 hours and sitting in a 7 hour meeting and then driving back for another 3.5 hours. It was...fun!? I am really tired...but hopefully slowly catching up on sleep. I guess as a missionary, you are always tired. But I learned a lot of really cool things about how to be a better missionary! There is a LOT to do. There are so many things I need to change and improve on. But I am taking it one lesson at a time. Otherwise, I get overwhelmed.
I attached some pictures from our CD player in the car...I think it is trying to tell us something....... ;)
I do love this work! It is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done, but when I see miracles like the one with Joe, it is all worth it!! Sorry my email is shorter this week. But I love you!! Have a marvelous week. A week of miracles! Remember: Obedience brings blessings, but EXACT obedience brings miracles.