Dearest Family!Oh my goodness gracious this week has been LONG! So so good but long! Where to begin...ok So I remember telling mom about Austin in a short email..but not everyone else, so let me begin with Austin! Last preparation day Austin called the mission home and wanted to learn more. He is from Washington, but is living in Bozeman. He was on the phone with Sister Kite a senior missionary and he wanted to learn more right then, so literally right after I sent out my main email Sister Kite ran in and said, " I need you to teach a lesson right now!" So I went out and grabbed the phone. I asked him what his questions were and this was his response" Well...maybe my questions don't have answers or maybe I am not allowed to ask, is it ok to ask questions?" He was so nervous on the phone, and So I shared just a little bit of the Joseph Smith story with him and explained that if Joseph did not ask his question that we would not have this wonderful gospel on the earth. That made sense to him and this is when he started to feel the spirit. We transitioned phones, so we could talk to him on our cell phone on speaker to teach him. We went into the lobby and he asked his question. He asked "Where do we come from...like what is the point?" And that is where the plan of salvation came in! We started explaining how Heavenly Father loves us and that he is our father! That we needed to come to earth to keep learning and progressing. We mainly taught about where we came from and why we are here. He was so happy, and felt the spirit so strong. He explained that when he called he did not realize that this would be happening. I can guess that he thought he would just get a school like answer, but instead he felt the spirit. He was crying on the phone and trying to explain the holy ghost to us... He had no idea what it was. He said, I have never felt this before. We opened up to Galatians 5 and read the scripture that described the fruits of the spirit and he said "That is it! That is what I am feeling!" We explained that it was the Holy ghost and that the holy ghost testifies of truth, so that he knows that this is true, what he is learning is true! He just completely broke down and was crying. We asked if we could send missionaries and he said yes..but his girlfriend is not very happy with him.. cause she told him he could look into any church except ours..she is baptist. He was leaving the next day for a business trip so we scheduled another phone lesson for 10 am the next day before he left. Then when he comes home we will turn him over to the elders. That was honestly one of the most powerful lessons of my mission..if not the most powerful! Teaching him just flowed so well..Sister De Bry and I have never taught that well together..not like we are bad..but that lesson was just great and I know it is because of the Holy Ghost testifying to Austin that what he was learning was true.
( This is a little more I added to my email)
Korrin and I explained what happens during baptisms for the dead, because her mom was curious . It was really amazing to have Korrin and her mom together in the temple. Korrins mom Dana was telling me that she wants to be baptized when she is dead if she is not baptized in this life. But no worries, cause honestly things will work out :) she is awesome! After being in the temple we talked around the outside for a minute and we took pics :) so I will have to send those home :)
On Saturday Ben and Natasha came to a baptism for this sweet family who was baptized in another ward. Natasha loved it. It was so cute, she and Ben both kneeled down by the little kids to watch. Ben congratulated the little girl in the family after the baptism! That was adorable. Ben asked if we could go to the temple after and so Randy, who is the assistant ward mission leader drove him to the temple and we met them. We had a lesson on Heavenly Fathers love and just all other things also. It was so sweet. I asked to show Ben my favorite part of the grounds, so we went and sat by the beautiful stain glass widow that is in the celestial room. We asked Ben how he felt and he told us he felt calm, and good inside. We explained how that was the holy ghost. We talked about how Heavenly Father is our father. Then the sweetest thing happened. We asked if we could pray with him right there. So he offered the sweet adorable kind of Ben prayer that he does and after he was quite. Then he said "I can really feel more right now that Heavenly Father is my father" and his voice cracked and he almost started to cry. That seriously was the sweetest thing every! I pray that one day Ben will be baptized. He doesn't necessarily need it but he really wants it, but his parents won't let him right now. One day though, one day it can happen. Miracles are always happening and that is something I have really learned this week :)
Well I love you all so much :) Have a great week :) and I will send pics :)