Hola hola hola!!
What a week! What a TRANSFER!! Somehow I survived it, so I suppose I can make it 15 1/2 more months;) I will be staying here in the Chennault Beach branch with Hermana Webb. We have great stuff going right now, so we are glad we aren't getting split up quite yet!!
2 highlights of the week!!
We had an international food and culture night for a branch activity and it was amazing! Literally felt like we were just sitting in latin america! We have people who represent literally every country in latin america: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay...everyone! It was so fun to have everyone share their culture, food, and the history of the church in their country. Everyone is so proud of their home country. The gospel truly is the same no matter where you go! On a side note, Hermana Webb and I helped represent Peru (I was dressed as the indigenous people of the jungle in the picture I attached). It was fantastic. Ah. Love these people to bits and pieces!!
Other highlight: after a few weeks of resolving some things, our investigator was baptized! AH! He is such a rock! I have never been to a more beautiful baptismal service. It was small and simple and very few people, but so sweet. He wanted to bear his testimony after he got baptized and let me just say: have you ever been smacked in the face with a brick wall? THAT is how the Spirit felt as he bore his testimony--specifically on the power of the Atonement. He was glowing. Literally. It was a priceless event that I won't ever forget--no words can explain how it felt to be there.
My favorite thing about this investigator though, is his smile. Only in the past 4 weeks as he was truly applied the atonement has this smile formed. The first 2 weeks I knew him, he never smiled--not that he wasn't happy, he just didn't smile. But as we worked with him to understand and apply the atonement, his whole disposition and countenance changed--just like the people of King Benjamin. His smile lights up the room. He has a skip in his step when he walks. He has struggled with so much for so long and now his burdens are lifted and he is truly happy. Nothing feels better--I know the feeling. The power of the atonement, though I cannot explain it, works miracles and mighty changes in people. It fills you with joy. Never take that precious gift for granted. I invite and challenge you all this week to reflect on the atonement of Christ and how is has truly made you who you are, or how you would like you use to to become something more.
I am so grateful for my Savior. Daily I am reminded as I find my testimony over and over and over again. Watching these changes in people just as I have experiences changes in myself is priceless. I wouldn't trade these 18 months for the world:)
Have a great week!!!