Saturday we began preparing for our zone conferences to be held next week and we also attended the baptism of Katrina and Jen Sparling. This was also very special because the sister missionaries had actually taught them in our home a couple of times. So, it was so neat to see them progress and choose to be baptized. And to see a mom and her daughter--it was just so sweet! This gospel truly does change people's lives. When people learn that they can repent, and be forgiven of sins that have bothered them and plagued them for years, it is so incredible. To see them feel peace and joy that they didn't think possible is nothing less than a miracle. I am so grateful for our Savior and His atoning sacrifice for each one of us. It is difficult to comprehend HOW He did it, but I know WHY He did it and it is because of His great love for each of us. If He hadn't gone through with the atonement, we would have no chance of returning to live with our Heavenly Father again. We would have no way to repent and change and be rid of the burden of sin, and the weight it carries. I am so grateful for what He did for me. I am so grateful for this knowledge. I wish everyone knew it! One of the discouraging things on our mission is to see how hard our missionaries work to find people to share this wonderful message with, and how difficult it is to find them! It is really a test of their faith. But we love their dedication and their righteous desires, and their resiliency! They keep getting up and going out, even when it is so tough! We are so proud of them.
|In Cardston we stopped by with Elders Harrison and Whicker to see Kevin Shipley-our friend we met at the|
very first of our mission.
|The baptism of Katrina and Jen Sparling.|