So this week was so exciting!!!! It was probably one of the most exciting weeks in the mission!!! We got a baptismal date with Jessica!!!! June 14!!!! It is barely in the next transfer so I hope they will keep us here!!!! I will be so sad!!! We were able to teach her and her husband Jordan the Plan of Salvation on Thursday, and then yesterday we taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is so excited to be baptized!!! Her husband Jordan is a member but the lesson have been a good review for them. They both love to hunt so it is cool to have that in common. She has been reading the book of Mormon and reading the pamphlets!!! She knows so much!!!
We met with Zach's family last week also. We have been teaching him at a member's house that have been fellow shipping him. We met with his mom and his dad. His dad is a Muslim from Bangladesh India. He practices it still but he must not be hard core Muslim because he married a Christian. We had dinner with them and shared Helamen 10:5 and building your foundation on Christ. We were a little nervous because we didn't know if we would offend his dad, but his dad said we taught a principle in the Koran. So that was good that we taught something that was on common ground. His mom told us that they would be at church on Sunday. Zach and his mom and sister came to church on Sunday. After we went to the Aubreys and had dinner with them and a lesson. His mom loved church and really appreciated that during sacrament they acknowledge people who served in the military and asked them to stand. She was able to stand because she served as a Chaplin in the military. We heard in Relief Society that she gave really awesome comments. During the visit at the Aubrey's with Zach and his family his mom told us that she was looking for a new church and would love to learn more about our church. After dinner Zach came to us and told us that he wants to discuss a baptismal date and his mom said she has loved seeing the change in Zach, and she fully supports him being baptized!!! Zach is an amazing person. We went with him to Teachers Quorum. I was so impressed with the answers he gave in teachers quorum. The lesson was about prayer and he talked about how he received answers to his prayer to know if the church was true. He is already in Alma!!! WOW!!! I just hope and pray that I am not transferred. Just this one transfer I have seen so many miracles that have come from serving here. Is there anything the Lord can't do? He will open the gates!!!!
We also visited Raphael and Virgina. They were unable to attend church this week because of work. The ward has been doing really well to fellowship them though. Even though they only speak spanish many members who speak spanish fellow ship them.
We were able to visit Carmen and Juan. She wants to go to church but he is a little hesitant. Carmen's sister Mary and her husband want to go but were out of town for memorial day. We taught them more about the Book of Mormon.
We were unable to find a ride down to Abbeville to see our spanish investigators that live down there. We have an appointment this friday to do Family Home Evening with a hispanic family who invites there friends to listen to the gospel. One of the less actives they invite came to church which was awesome.
The Lord is working miracles here in Lafayette!!! There is a lot more work here then there was in New Orleans. The people here are more prepared to hear the gospel. I have loved my first transfer here in Lafayette.
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
There have been so many miracles here. I am so grateful to be a member of this church! I am grateful to see and witness so many miracles!!! I love this gospel!
Love Elder Richardson