Oh my goodness, today has been absolutely heavenly and I'm so excited to tell you about all the amazing things that have happened this week! Seriously, I think it was one of my favorite weeks on the mission so far.
There are two new sisters, so we took them to downtown to the same park where I went. Except this time was a completely different experience. Remember how I stood in the gray pouring rain and just cried? And how we contacted the only four people that were in the entire park and they were super grumpy? Well today was SOOO gorgeous and warm with brilliant blue skies. The park was PACKED with happy summarized people, and you know how I love crowds! It just totally energized me, and we walked around the park talking to sooo many people. I was amazed at how much more receptive people were this time! Mom, there's definitely something to your theory about the effect that weather has on people, because everyone would stop and talk with us, even if they were super wierded out by us at first.
In other news, STEVE GOT BAPTIZED!! It was an absolutely incredible event, I can't even begin to describe the feelings of that day. He came to church the next day, wearing his new ( and only) white shirt and tie that we gave him, received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and was just glowing. After church, he went up to the Bishop and said, "Hey, I need to talk to you about getting this life blessing I've heard about!" We figured out he was talking about his patriarchal blessing. Man, Steve's so cool, he's completely proactive and has just jumped right in with all his heart.
One of the most touching and incredible things about his baptism was that his entire family came, and none of them are members! His sisters and their kids, his mom, and his dad and step mom. The fact that his dad came was an absolute miracle because he's not very supportive of Steve or of religion, and Steve did NOT think he would come. But he DID come, and I even caught him tearing up a little as Steve entered the waters of baptism. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and I know that Steve's family felt the Holy Ghost.(Plus how could anyone miss that smile that was on his face the whole time!)
This week, we decided to stop being wimps and do more tracting. Sundays are an awesome day for it, so we headed out to a neighborhood to knock on some houses. And we were so blessed for our efforts! We have two new potential investigators, one of whom is the drummer in a band, has three kids, and says that "he really wants to be baptized because he knows that he has to in order to go to heaven, but he just can't figure out which church." The whole time we were talking with him, I was thinking, "Really? Is this really happening? Is it possible to be blessed this much?" I can't wait to teach Mike more!
Oh and I almost forgot! Transfers are tomorrow and I'm losing my dear Sister Christoffersen. I am so so sad about it, but at the same time it will be awesome to work with Sister Ruiz and learn how to work in a duo.
I love being a missionary so much it's crazy!