Happy Father's Day Bart Babes!!!!!!!! My siblings and I are so lucky to have the funniest, kindest, wisest, and most lovable dad in the world! I hope you get spoiled rotten today:) Hopefully my card gets there soon! I love you and appreciate you so much Dad!
Heavenly Father has been blessing us with so many miracles every day. President Back invited us to expect a miracle every day because its true that if we work for one and expect God to deliver, He does!
Our investigator, Paul, accepted a baptismal date of July 5th! He still has quite a bit to learn, but we are going to do everything we can to help him be ready by then. He has great faith, and we have seen his faith grow and his countenance change just in the couple months we have been teaching him and he has been reading the BOM. Same with Patrice. They just seem brighter and happier since they have received the spirit and the gospel in their lives! The gospel really does change people in such a good way. It's so cool!
We are excited about a few investigators and potential investigators. We have a new investigator this week. Her name is Susan. She lives near us and she is in her 50's. She is super sweet and has a lot of good questions, which is great. She is reading the BOM so we pray that she will come to find that it is true and accept the gospel at this time.
Patrice is still doing great, and preparing for baptism on the 1st! She has been doing great with not smoking, especially since she received a priesthood blessing.
This week, President allowed us to attend Mittagong Branch's youth temple baptisms trip! It was so cool to be in the baptistery with just our little branch, but we had enough people to do baptisms and confirmations on our own! Many members brought their own family names to be baptized for, including Tony Magick, a recent convert, for his first time! It was so wonderful to feel refreshed by the spirit in there. Man, I have missed being in the temple! We were also able to pick up a white baptism dress for Patrice at the distribution center:))))))
On the way home from the temple, we visited Brother Jackson in the hospital. He recently had a quadruple heart bypass surgery that went well, and he seemed to be recovering well. Then on Monday, he had another stroke after all that. I was so shocked to see that he couldn't even really talk, write, or communicate. He was in tears when we visited him with the Burgoynes and Tony Magick. In the midst of struggling to communicate, Sister Sumaribos shows him a picture of Jesus Christ in a pamphlet. He just grabbed it, put it to his heart, and started sobbing. It was so sad but so inspiring that he was still looking to His Savior for peace and relief. In that moment, I really felt The Savior's love for Brother Jackson. Jesus Christ is the hope that helps us know that we can make it through anything, and that everything will be alright in the end as long as we are on His side. I'll never forget that experience.
I have been contemplating how grateful I am to have the gospel in my life and in my family. It is such a blessing. I am so grateful to have the privilege to share this with everyone we meet! Have a great week everyone! And always choose The Savior!
Branch Temple Baptisms trip at the Sydney Australia Temple! The temple is about 10 minutes into the Sydney North Mission:
My fairly accurate depiction of Sister Sumaribos:
A girl we met at the temple who served in the Philippines: