Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 18, 2013

MIRACLES HAPPEN, once in a while, if you believeeeeee.

The sisters in my district told me that song is from princess diaries. I have no clue where I got it from, all I know is that we had.. A miracle baptism yesterday.

We got a call at 3pm on Saturday while I was on a mini-exchange with Elder Hernandez from my district; it was our ward mission leader saying "one of the members' records got lost, so she'll be baptized tomorrow at 6pm." Lost records = convert baptism = miracle baptism within 24 hours of receiving the news. The assistants sent out a voicemail to the entire mission about the miracle, it's great to be on the receiving end of a miracle, rather than just hearing about other people's miracles.

We're pushing for 30 baptisms this week as a zone, and one of our zone leaders is going home, so we're pushing really hard to get there. So far we're at 14. This week the zone leaders baptized a family of 4, and I got to interview them all. It was quite an interesting interview because we had to wait for the parents to show up, and they didn't arrive until 9:50pm. We got into our house at 10:40 that night... but as Elder Maughan says, the zone leaders see the rules as guidelines, so they let it slide.

That very next morning, we had an emergency meeting at 7am, for the whole zone. We had to all scramble to get to the zone building by 7am, and then all they did was check our planners to make sure we had done our weekly planning session and then they let us go. (Apparently people had not been doing their weekly planning).

We have two baptisms planned for the 30th, Jorge (a 45 year old who definitely has the light of Christ in him now) and Junior (a 20 year old who got married to a member about 2 weeks ago, and is ready to be baptized now that he is keeping the law of chastity). We're excited. The district is doing well, we've had  at least one or more baptisms each week. I'm always aware of everyone's investigators, how each lesson went, and then I relay the information back to the zone leaders each night. I hardly have time to think about my own area! That's why I just dump the load of our area on my companion ;)

What else happened this week... Had two 24 hour exchanges with E. Salmon and E. Swainston (zone leader). Elder Swainston and I had a blast. We got to fast that day, and we were searching hard for miracles. We got to teach an Iraqi family. They fed us really delicious homemade chocolate cake, and then told us "if we changed religion they'd chop our heads off :)" (yes, with a smile). So we said "peace" and kept looking for more families. E. Swainston is the zone leader heading home in 3 weeks, and he's focused on finding those last people to baptize before he heads home.

 I hear in Washington the mission president spoke at Stake Conference. That must be an amazing experience, because whenever our mission president speaks, it's spectacular. Mission presidents sure speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. That's why their talks are so amazing.

Speaking of talks, E. Smith and I got roped into speaking at an English ward on Sunday. Wow, my old ways of saying 30 second talks are over. Now it’s the opposite, there is never enough time to speak. We only had 6 minutes each, but I took 6 minutes and 1 second. Elder Jay E Jensen did that in general conference, going over 6 seconds, and they sent him a letter saying "thank you so much for your talk, we are aware you went over 6 seconds which takes away from President Hinckley's time." *Bam* shot through the heart. Well at least I’m fine-tuning my ability to speak.

We haven't heard word yet if we're going to be going to General Conference yet. I hope so though, seeing as last time there were people out for only 3 months who went, and now I have about 7 months in the field. We'll see.

Time to go to a zone BBQ. PEACE!

The church is true! Say your prayers (2 Nephi 32:8-9)

-Elder Toborg-


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