This week was pretty dang amazing.
On Tuesday, we
met with Danielle. She is doing so well! She told us she is glad she
waited until now to get baptized. Before, she always had a little
anxiety, or something. But she said for the first time, she is genuinely
excited for her baptism! She feels ready. It was a good lesson to us to
see that the Lord really does have His own timetable. We often don't
understand why things can't happen when we want them to, how we want
them to. But, the Lord knows what is best for us. Now, the baptism can
be a much more positive experience for Danielle! And we have time to
prepare a really great baptism gift for her! We will have everyone write
their testimonies (on colored paper, of course) while she is changing.
Then we will put them in a binder for her (with a picture from her
baptism on the front). We also gave papers to people who will be out of
town, but who really meant a lot to her. Also, Danielle will be in
England with her parents for Christmas.
So, we are making an Adventskalendar for her with talks and spiritual
thoughts to read each day until the end of the year (we couldn't stop
two days before the end of the year, now could we?). Danielle is doing
so well, and we are so excited for her to finally be baptized!
After Danielle's appointment on Tuesday,
we visited Binod and Neeta, a couple from Nepal living with some
less-actives in our ward. We taught about prophets and Christ's earthly
ministry. And do you know what? We also set a baptismal date with them
that night!! We set it for the 30. December, and they were very excited!
Also, the inactives have become more and more active as we have been
meeting with their roommates. They have been so excited to help their
friends learn about the gospel, and it's helping them remember why they
got baptized. So that has been fun to see, too!
We had my first Zone Conference this week, so that was nice. After Zone
Conference, when we were all pumped up to talk to people, Sister Leben
and I found a toll guy named Gerhardt. We struck up a conversation on
the Straßenbahn, and he was so cool! He is in his 60s, and he said he
had been part of the Vienna Christian Group, but he didn't like them as
they demanded too much money from them. He said they were too
aggressive. We gave him a card as we got out and asked him for his
number. He said he would call us on Monday
and left. Normally, I would think, ''Well, hopefully other missionaries
find him later.'' But, Sister Leben and I both thought, ''I actually
think he will call!'' He did not call on Monday.
He called that night!! He said he got home and could not stop thinking
that he needed something we had to offer. So he visited the website on
the card, saw a picture of the temple, felt the spirit, and wanted to
meet the next night. He had many questions for us the next night, but he
is so cool. He will visit his parents for Christmas,
so we can't meet for a few weeks, but he said he will read in the Book
of Mormon and call us when he gets back. Mensch. He is so cool.
Unfortunately, since he speaks German, we will have to give him to the
2nd ward elders, but we are still glad we could help!
Things with the companions are still going well! Sister Stewart is so
great at finding little acts of service everyday. And Sister Leben helps
me with my German and tells us jokes every night before we go to sleep.
The three of us have a lot of fun together!
That's all for now! I can't wait to see you guys next week! Have a great week!
Sister Stephanie Reid