47: Busy busy busy

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Even here in Spanish-land I have no idea what exactly is being celebrated, but all the white people want to eat chips and salsa.
 
Anyways, it’s been a pretty great (and BUSY!) week. On Tuesday we had our temple trip! Yay! It was so wonderful and peaceful and I felt the spiritual rejuvenation that I’ve been needing for a good long while.
 
On Wednesday we had our interviews with President Smart (or Presidente Inteligente as we spanish-speakers and lovers of rhymes like to call him). He is such a good man and so inspired. He helped me out a lot too. We didn’t realize until later that it was our last interview with him before he goes home at the end of next transfer- que triste! I’m sure going to miss him and sweet Sister Smart so much. They’re such good people.
 
Wednesday was also Sister Schmidt’s birthday, so we had cake and moved the furniture in the Barn to try and make it feel more like a house and less like a barn. It worked a little bit- parts of it feel a lot homier, until you hear the roosters and remember that there’s no a/c.
 
Thursday was pretty normal, with weekly planning and trying to contact some new people.
 
Friday we had our zone meeting and talked about our goals for the new month. We made some great goals for helping us focus better on finding new people to teach by asking EVERYONE for referrals, teaching from the Book of Mormon, and helping the people we teach to set their own goals to help them progress. I’m really excited to keep putting these things in practice and see the miracles start pouring down!
 
Saturday we started out the day with a breakfast at a member’s house and a meeting with our awesome ward mission leader and some of our favorite member-missionaries. This ward is incredible and so involved in helping us in any way that they can.
 
And yesterday, Sunday, we had a BAPTISM!!! C’s situation is a little unusual. His wife and daughter are both members, and have been for a long time. They’re members in one of the english wards here. The sisters in that ward started teaching him at their bishop’s request. Unfortunately, C doesn’t speak ANY english, so they brought a translator. As you can probably imagine, the game of “telephone” didn’t quite work as effectively as teaching him directly, so eventually they asked us to come over and teach him in his own language. C is SO AWESOME. He was just ready and had such a desire to be unified with his family for time and all eternity. When he passed his interview on Friday, his wife started crying a little bit- she’s so excited to be able to go to the temple together in a year! The baptism was so sweet, if a little strange. Since it was a baptism for the english ward, most of it was done in english AND spanish so that C could understand it too. Sister Bowen came back and we taught a five-minute restoration lesson while C changed after getting baptized. It was good to see her and teach with her again, but I was CRAZY NERVOUS because GUESS WHO WALKED IN soon after the service started? President and Sister Smart themselves. It was fine though because we taught it in spanish and figured that if we messed up, they’d be none the wiser and the Spirit would fill in the blanks. Haha.
 
I think the sweetest part of the baptism for me was when M, C’s 7-year-old son, was walking around before the service, telling everyone “My dad’s getting baptized!” He was so excited and I could tell that his dad’s example had a huge impact on him. He’s so excited now to be baptized too when he turns 8. It’s cool to see sometimes how one person’s decision has such an effect on others.
 
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! Love you all tons!
Hermana Howell
 
PS- fotos:
 
C’s baptism! These weren’t even all the sister missionaries that had been part of the process of helping him get to this point. There had been a LOT of sisters through this house!
 
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This morning my comp and I went to the park to feed the ducks. Sister Baumgart LOVES ducks. It was so funny. I almost got a duck to eat out of my hand, but it was too scared of me, I think.
 
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