Susie got baptized!!! And it went really good! But more on that later. First, the rest of the week!
Got to go on another exchange this week, this time with an awesome Elder named Elder Heath. He has been out for just under 3 transfers, and he is great. Not too much actually happened on exchanges, but we had a really good time just talking and walking around contacting people on the street.
Had another lesson with Susie this week, just to wrap up everything before her baptism, and we finished teaching her the Commandments lesson. It was really awesome though, because when we asked her if she had heard about the law of tithing, she said something along the lines of, "Yes, I read about it, and I am actually really excited to live it." Which is pretty cool to me because a lot of people struggle with the idea of giving God 10% of their income, but Susie was actually eager to do it.
Thursday this week was actually pretty interesting. After our district meeting Elder Stevens had his exit interview with President Kendrick, which he said was really weird, and made him more anxious about going home. And then the rest of the day pretty much we were driving around Elder English and Elder Willes because Elder Willes got an ear infection. We had to do some encouraging to get him to actually go to the doctor, because apparently he doesn't like them, but it was a good thing we did since the doctor said if he hadn't he could have lost his hearing in that ear! But then we ended up driving them to the doctor, then to Walmart to order his medicine, took a short break to take them to their dinner and get our dinner, and then had to pick them back up to get his medicine! It was a busy day of just driving around running errands.
And then on Saturday morning we got to be part of the Temecula "Helping Hands" day! Elder Stevens and I got to go with other members of our ward and another ward, plus a few nonmembers who just wanted to come do service, and shovel wood chips (that's what we did), spread them somewhere else, and paint an overhang. It was a lot of fun! I always really enjoy getting the chance to serve!
That afternoon was Susie's baptism, and it was amazing! We had such a great turnout! Bro. Asay, our Ward Mission Leader, had us, another ward missionary, and himself call almost all the ward list and personally invite them, and it was great! Bro. Asay said he counted about 65 people at the baptism, which is a really big turnout! Some of those were Susie's family and friends who she invited as well, and they all seemed to enjoy the service. It was a great service, and afterwards we had a fun social/soiree thing at one of the member's houses who has become good friends with Susie. It was a lot of fun! And it was great to see so many people show Susie love and support.
Spiritual thought for the day, Mosiah 18:8-9, this is Alma the Elder as he is teaching the people at the waters of Mormon about baptism. In these verses he talks about what being a member of Christs church entails, "and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God" And that is how Susie felt, she is so willing to help others out. It is a great example to me of how we should be. So go out, and as you go about your day look for a chance to make someone's day a bit brighter, and their load a bit lighter.