Bonjourno! Cioa bellas!
Haha so this week was BAPTISM WEEK! Jody was baptized on Saturday and confirmed Sunday! Afterwards he shared with us alot of stories of how doubts would come flying at him throughout the week and each time he would pray and open either the Book of Mormon or the Bible and find a perfect answer to his concern. Amazing how the Spirit takes care of us when we're being sincere. His friend came up from London to support him, and John came to the service which was super cool because he had told us the day before he couldn't come.
We had a couple of exciting things this week, other than the baptism. First of all, Robin came to church! I dunno how much I've told you about him, he was referred to us by the Branch President when we first came in. He wants to be baptized but his job requires him to work every Sunday, and he put his name on the waiting list back in March to get his Sundays off and was told it was about a 3 year wait! So his fiancee Anne, a less active member, has some pregnancy complications a few weeks ago and ended up in the hospital. She knows everyone at Robin's work so his boss asked if there was anything she needed and he said no just my Sundays off so I can go to church with her because she can't go alone....So his boss cleared him right there to have all his Sundays off! So yesterday they came to church together, and left right after sacrament meeting to go home and get married. SO CUTE! We helped Anne carve pumpkins for her wedding decorations Friday night, which was Sister DeRuvo's first time carving pumpkins. So this week we're hoping to meet with him and set a date for him to be baptized, probably the beginning of November.
We also talked to Nika, the 12 year old girl we're teaching, about being baptized. Her mom's a member, her dad isn't. When she was 8 her dad said she was too young to decide and needed to grow up a bit before being baptized, so Nika and her mom are going to talk to him again about being baptized. We're praying with both of them that his heart will soften and he'll let her make her decision! John's doing really well too, we had an awesome lesson with him and the Elder's Quorum President about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he was so open and bold about his questions. He's becoming more and more determined to find out if what we're saying is true, and why he feels so good when he meets with us and comes to church. We also started teaching a guy Chris who I actually OYMed weeks ago when we had sisters exchange, who had met with missionaries years ago and remembers preparing to be baptized. He's had a rough couple of years and is recovering from alot of things still but he really wants to make changes in his life and remembers the things the missionaries teaching him being really positive. He won't set a date as a goal for baptism because he feels he has too many changes to make still, but he really wants to be.
Other than that, I'm just enjoying the good cold fall here. There are MASSIVE amounts of leaves on the ground here! Maybe we'll start walking around with rakes and try to do some service for people :) This branch is in love with us at this point, and the feeling is completely mutual, it's just so good here!
Hope everything's been for y'all this week. Thanks for the pictures of Zeke mom, they are both SOOO CUTE! Btw where exactly in Utah are y'all moving? I've had like 8 missionaries ask me and I have no idea lol
You sent those emails just in time, I was literally about to send this when they showed up in my inbox :) Thanks for the mail! Good luck with all your moving projects! And Dad, cool, have fun in your interview! I'm surprised you're even included if your moving, you have to give me the details of that's that's like.
Love you all!
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