This week was a week of miracles. We just got into a new area and there are two people who have been taught lessons and are now finally prepared to be baptized. We went in on the first lesson with each of these people and invited them to be baptized. This just reinforces the fact that the Lord has his own timing. One is a mom whose son just got back from his mission. The son was baptized when he was 14 and is the only member in his family. She was just waiting until he got back. We happened to be the lucky missionaries who got to teach her before her baptism. She has seen how much the gospel has helped her son grow and she wants that for herself. She also wants that for her family. She understands this not only can bless her life but the life of her family. Her son was the one who really taught her but we are the ones who get to share the lessons with her. Examples can help people, but unless you invite someone to do something they won't change.
The second person we worked with is named Tim. He was a devout Catholic the missionaries have been working with for some time (probably about 1-2 years). He is one of those people who want to know everything. He has never felt ready before but now there is nothing holding him back and he knows the Book of Mormon is true and that he needs to be baptized. The thing he loves the most about our church is the focus on the family. He and his wife are on their second marriage and love each other and their kids a lot. (She and her kids are members.) They want to be sealed together. This is also from the efforts of a lot of missionaries. Both of these baptisms are scheduled for Dec. 22 at 7PM. The mission president is going to be there because he helped with teaching Tim. We are super excited!
Since I have been on a mission I have loved the ward members who are missionary minded. I just wanted to invite you to do what our mission president invited each family to do in this mission. He mailed the Bishops a letter that invited them and their family (and all of the families in the ward) to invite someone to their home to hear a special Christmas message from the missionaries in their home. This is a great time of the year to do missionary work because Christ is more accepted at this time of the year and people are trying to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas. I invite you to pray for someone to come into your mind who can hear a message from the missionaries. Think of all the joy you get from having this in your life. Since I have been on a mission I have regretted all of the missed opportunities to share the gospel with friends.
I know the church is true. Don't forget about the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
P.S. I am getting my hair cut short. I have an appointment at 2PM today!