Well this last week has been amazing that I hope that I`ll be able to write everything. Last week a member from the stake presidency came down with his wife. We were able to do some work with them and we also had a family home evening with them which was super fun.
Towards the end of the week they left but the new volunteer couple came and they should be here for about two months. Their name is Iwama and both are super fun and hilarious people. It was funny, we talked about a lot of different things right from the start and found so many interesting connections. They showed me pictures of one of my former companion's wedding. We also found out that they know some people that live in Joshua`s mission. One is the Scott Family whose son is serving in South Tokyo. The other is their daughter who lives in Chandler Arizona (I`m not sure if that is in the mission but its close). Her last name is Bodily. I think it would be kind of cool if he knew them or was working in their ward.
So I`m actually super excited to be working with these new missionaries for the next little bit. We also had a lesson with one of our golden investigators who is now preparing for baptism. She has honestly been prepared to hear the gospel. When we first met her she opened up and told us that she was thinking about joining the Catholic Church but decided to stop and wait for a little bit. Later she also told us about her son who passed away seven years ago and how she feels that he has been guiding her to the truth. Of course the message of the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation sparked her interest. Yesterday she came to church and it was just a wonderful experience. During our first lesson I decided to testify at the beginning of how Heavenly Father loves each of us. From that point the Spirit entered the room so strongly and just lead the rest of the lesson.
The Lord has been preparing people to hear and accept this gospel. There are so many different ways in which people are prepared and the Spirit will guide us to know how we can help them. The other day we had a baptismal service for two young men. It was amazing to see them enter into the waters of baptism. These two young men were people that me and my previous companion started teaching last transfer.
This is such an amazing time to be serving a mission. This last week I have learned a lot of different things relating to missionary work especially from Alma chapter 26. I feel like I can really relate to what Ammon says in verse 12. I know that this is the Lord`s work and am glad that I have this opportunity to be an instrument in His hands. I love you all so very much and am grateful for all of your prayers.
Love, Elder Joseph Gandy