Missouri, Independence Mission

Missouri, Independence Mission

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Week 57 - Royce got baptized!!

An attempt of a selfie as a zone after a training. Ha ha We missed some people.  Better luck next time!

At the mission home.

Hey family and friends!:) happy Father's Day to all the dads out
there, especially mine!! Love you dad!

It’s been another week in the MIM and it was quite a wonderful one!
Some highlights from the week! We had an amazing zone conference and
then MLC with a member of the 70, Elder Hamula. He and his wife helped
us to really zone in on what we need to do to improve, but never
directly told us what we need to do, rather they counseled with us and
we came up with what we need to do better as a team. That was a huge
example to me of how to be a leader and a teacher. No one will learn
anything from you, and you won't be able to help them if you tell them
what to do and what they need to change, that's simply changing their
behavior, not their nature. The way that the savior led the people was
though service and love and helping them to understand how they need
to change and then deciding for themselves. So that was an awesome
lesson learned from this week:)

Also a little tender mercy that probably won't seem like much, but it
was a lot to me:) I went on exchanges with Sister Prior into their
area, and there is absolutely no Spanish in our area. But there is a
little bit in theirs! So we made plans to go contact some Spanish
speakers that used to be meeting with the sisters! We were only able
to contact one, and it was a very short contact, but Spanish is
something I have really missed in the last 2 weeks and I've been
worried that I'll forget it. But that little opportunity to use what I
have been working to learn was quite a blessing:) Heavenly Father
knows what we need, even if it seems little and insignificant to
everyone else!

We also found 2 new investigators named Mike and Barbara! Mike was a
referral from salt lake, a friend had sent in his information. So
first we called the friend and asked a little about Mike, why did he
think Mike would be interested in learning from the missionaries,
those kind of things and the member said, "well, Mike is actually kind
of anti...but he always has questions!"  And we're over here thinking,
why would you send an anti guy to the missionaries!? But he sent him
in and said we could try so we texted him and he texted right back! He
set up a lesson with him and his wife and we met at the Hivee, which
is a grocery store that has a little deli, and he was one of the
sweetest guys ever!! So much for being anti, that wasn't true at all!
He knows quite a bit about the church, but has a lot of questions, but
he doesn't have a foundation of what we doctrinally believe, so we
asked if we could teach him the lessons so he could understand and he
said he would love that! Most often we find people to teach in the
most interesting ways!

Royce's Baptism
And the biggest miracle of the week!!:) I've talked a lot about Royce,
the investigator from my last area who canceled his baptism because he
heard a lot of anti things about Joseph smith. Well, Royce got
baptized this weekend and we got to go:) the service was amazing and a
lot of members came out to support him! It was just so amazing to
think of where he started, when the sisters first found his wife and
started teaching her, he was totally against it. Then, as they kept
visiting her, he started to show more interest and then committed to
be baptized himself. It wasn't easy getting there and he went though a
lot of trials, but with time and prayer he remembered his testimony
and now here we are today:) they are very excited to the temple to do
baptisms soon and I can't wait to come back in a year to see them be
sealed as a family for eternity:) that's really what this work is all
about! Uniting families together with our Heavenly Father:)

I love you all!
All is well and God is good:)

Love Hermana/Sister Courtney Baggett
Sister Prior and I at the Jail.

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