I am sorry about writing last week. There are so many emails I have to write, sometimes I cannot get to all of them!
I try not to write too much about the people that we are teaching, for privacy. But I'll share about one of the people that we are working with, without sharing his name.
On Saturday night we asked one of our investigators if he wanted to be baptized on the 23rd. He almost cried he was so happy. He slept only 2 hours that night. He got up early, drove to the mountains and finished the Book of Mormon. It was a great experience for him. He loves the scriptures so much. We are excited for him. Even though so much has happened to make his life difficult lately he is filled with love and faith. When we found him 3 months ago he was lonely and depressed. Now he's happy and filled with hope. We have seen a great change in him. Planning his baptism and getting him ready has been a whirlwind, but it's been great. He had his interview yesterday. We just hope that we can get everything done in time.
This week we also make a collage of pictures of the Savior on our living room wall. I would send pictures, but my camera is being difficult. I will get it working or borrow someone's camera. I may even put up some pictures of the baptism if our investigator says that's okay.
I learned that my cousin serving in Japan is also planning a baptism for this Saturday. I am so happy for him. He works really hard, and I know how much you get to love the people you teach. You want them to have the blessings of baptism with all of your heart.
This week my idea of family scripture study totally changed. I've decided that family scripture study in my house will be more like companion study. A topic-based discussion drawing from multiple resources. Videos, scriptures, church magazines, words of the living prophets, and personal experience. I want my children to have those sacred opportunities to share their faith building experiences and their growing testimonies in that kind of a setting.
This transfer has gone by so quickly! I can't believe that it is almost over. Transfer calls are on Saturday! We will see what happens.
Sister Caroline Faulkner