Monday, July 1, 2013

Ya'll Thought Last Week Was Awesome!

Hey family!! 

Amazing week so far!! No doubt the best week ever!! The Lord is sending the miracles and it is awesome!! So we got 6 new investigators this week which was the best!! But here is a wonderful story of faith and miracles concerning our dear friend Angela's family.

So on Tuesday I went on exchanges with one of the coolest missionaries Elder Decker who happened to be in my same BYU ward so it was so fun to talk to him about all the people we knew. That picture of the stranger is him! So we had an amazing day which was fun!! But while I was gone Angela was having some doubts concerning if she was ready to be baptized. So Elder Prettyman, Elder Beutler, and Elder Furniss (Elder Decker's companion) went and helped her out. Then on Wednesday we went and I was able to also help address that concern and answer any other questions she had. So while we were there 3 of her daughters were their listening and asking questions. That was so cool but it gets better........ we leave and in the middle of daily planning we get a text that says how many people can be baptized one day? So somewhat jokingly I replied with 7 cause that is how many people are in her family. She then replied call me. So we called her and all 3 off her daughters there wanted to get baptized!!!! Then we went over to explain baptism the next night and put 2 of the daughters on date and Angela on date for July 20th. Well we did not stop their we went back on Saturday and taught lesson one to all the daughters and put 1 more on date to be baptized with her sisters and mom, the other daughter said she will be baptized when she knows it is true. Then we invited them to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and they all said they would. Then we invited them all to church!! Now here is the hard part about church. Angela does not have a car and she has 7 kids and herself. Well we have this amazing couple in the ward named Theo and Alex. Seriously they are the coolest! Theo just got back from a mission to California. They have 2 cars. So they brought them to church. But not only was there whole family of 8 there but they brought 2 friends!! We saved two rows in the middle pews. You should have seen the wards face when we walked in with 10 people that were all non members!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The Lord truly has been blessing us with great miracles. But these miracles come from faith and hard work!! Lots of prayer and fasting as well. But the Lord rewards those that have done all that they can to hasten the work!  It has been amazing to see how the Lord openly blesses those that serve him with all their heart. This is for Nick Ryan, and Scott you will know when your whole heart is into it when almost every night you dream about teaching people the gospel and wake up worried that you did not hit all the points in the lesson! I love being a missionary!! The field is truly ready to harvest like the picture I sent you. The Lord is truly quickening his work in an ever spiraling world of dismay. Their is missionary opportunities all around you!! 

So Nick and Ryan go into the MTC this Wednesday!! You guys are going to rock!! Scott when do you go in?? The MTC is the best!! Just don't drink the juice and be weary of the soups. Also the first 4 days are the longest days of your life but if you can get past Sunday you can get passed anything. Also I got this awesome wedding announcement from like the coolest people ever! Congrats Cami and Christian I love you guys!! 

Well as you can tell it is definitely summer time here in Ohio with the corn fields ranging from knee high to over my head. 

I have not been able to get fingerprints yet but we are trying today to see if the Xenia machine is fixed. But that is not something we missed that is just something they added. Some of the Brazilian missionary friends did not have to get fingerprints at all. The sad thing is is that I am LOVING Ohio!! It is really going to be hard to leave this place someday whether that be in a few weeks from my visa or two years to go home. Either way I realize that the Lord is totally in control of His work. So when I have done I Lord needs me to do here I will go to Brazil. But until then I will work my heart out here in the Great Ohio. The only mission named by name in the scriptures by the way! 

Well I am looking forward to another great week! Have fun getting ready for the family reunion!! You all are the best!!! 


Elder Baird

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