Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Baptism with the Lights Out - August 10, 2015

Hey everyone! 

What a week! We were able to meet a lot of people this week that we have been trying to meet for months. That was really awesome. We met some awesome people at the Salvation Army food pantry on Tuesday. Sister Bailey and I went over and signed up to volunteer then we went back on Friday to help when everyone comes to pick up their food. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad we were able to find a service opportunity in the community. It helps a lot to just be seen so people know who we are. 

Tuesday was a blast! We went down to Pleasant Hope for dinner with the Axsom family! It was so much fun. We made pizzas with them and got to know them better. Tuesday was also Jeanne's baptism interview and we had a church tour with Danielle, our investigator. They both went pretty good. Jeanne's baptism on Saturday was great. Well besides the power going out.... That was fun. One of the emergency lights were in the room so it was totally dark but still hard to see. The power went out 5 minutes before we started so we just had our baptisms in the dark. Jeanne got baptized with her son Gavin who just turned 8. Everything still turned out good. The only bad thing was we couldn't show the videos we wanted to show but it turned out better. We had some people come up and bear their testimonies instead. During the baptism itself, the witnesses had to hold their phones on the water for light so they could see. Jeanne said it was a good thing because she hates being the center of attention so it was good no one could see her in the dark. The whole thing was really nice and the spirit was there so strongly. Of course the power turned on 5 minutes after we were done. I am just so happy for her and her son. :) 

Wednesday was district meeting. We all went to steak and shake afterwards. It was fun, my first time there. :) 

Thursday we spent a lot of our weekly plan time getting organized for this transfer. It was definitely worth the time. We organized everyone in the ward by where they live so we can have certain days where we got south or go east to buffalo. It will save us a lot of miles and we can see more people. We had dinner in Halfway with a part-member family. It was a lot of fun. They took us out to eat at the one restaurant in Halfway. It was just a little diner but really good. Then we drove way far away to have a lesson with Jeanne before her baptism. It was really good- we talked about prophets and read some of the talk The Blue Print of Christ's Church. It is a really neat talk! At the end before we left, they gave us really pretty peacock feathers. Brother Crawford raises them so they had a giant container full of feathers and let sister bailey and I pick some. 

We have been really busy the rest of the week and this week is super busy! We have so many people we are trying to see and a lot of referrals to contact. Hopefully we can see everyone and stay busy :) 

We had to drop one of our investigators on Saturday. It was really hard but they weren't prepared so hopefully in the near future missionaries can go back and help her and she will be prepared then. We are finding the prepared people right now, it takes a lot of effort but definitely is worth it in the end. Everything we do involves the spirit. We can't teach or find without it. I am so thankful for it and the guidance it brings into our lives. It is such a blessing to me. 

I think that is it for this week. I love all and hope you have an amazing week. I love hearing from you! 

Sister Frederickson

{The pictures are of the Lewis' with sister bailey and the Crawford family before the baptism.}

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