9.27.2016

Baptism:: Greg

GREG GOT BAPTIZED!!!

You read it right!!! Greg got baptized this Sunday! It was amazing! and very unexpected!! :) So I will start off by just going through the series of events for this week! Because that is the only way it will make sense.

Cleaning the font!
Monday: I wrote my weekly email to President and explained the trials and challenges that Greg is going through. Then we went to the Zoo and had exchanges with the Liverpool Sisters which was a blast! :) At around 10:00 we receive a call from President Rogers. President is a doctor, so as I explained more of what Greg has been told is going on with the cancer spreading throughout his body, President made a big decision. We were going to baptize Greg as soon as possible. We were given some instructions and things that we needed to do to see how soon this could happen though. 

Tuesday: Finish off exchanges and send the Sisters back to their area. Then off to Greg's with Bishop Hargrove. After our meeting with Greg we asked some of the questions that President wanted to know and then asked Bishop if he thought Greg was ready. He said "Of course". I knew Greg was ready from week 4 it has just been the struggle of working around chemo. But, he was ready!



Wednesday: We call President and he gives us instructions to baptize Greg and to confirm him on Sunday! We start freaking out!!! That gives us almost no time!! Then we go and see Greg and ask him if he wants to be baptized on Sunday! Explaining to him that we do not want to have him leave on his trip without the amazing gift and entrance into the straight and narrow path. Greg says he would "Absolutely be baptized on Sunday." So from that evening on. We have a baptism on Sunday!!! I know Greg was so prepared. I felt like the Lord was teaching us all a lesson, but me a reoccurring lesson.. that I need to trust in His will and timing. 

So excited!
Thursday: We started spreading the word. IT SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE!!! Bishop told the ward council and by the time we were going to the church to post something on the Ward Facebook Page it had already been done!! It is CRAZY!! :) Everyone jumped in and supported Greg so much! We managed to fill the whole program in one day and we didn't do anything but occasionally lead the music :) It was AWESOME! This ward is amazing and really rose up to help Greg this week. It was awesome! Greg then had his interview! Which he passed with flying colors. Greg is amazing and truly bore testimony of each of the questions. His interview was 45 minutes long. It was amazing. He was so excited.





Making BIG plans!






Friday:
We taught Greg the rest of the lessons that he needed and he just soared through them. He was comprehending everything! It was awesome! We gave him a tie and taught the Enduring the the End principle :) Greg was so excited and all day long we received phone calls from the ward about how they could help out with Greg and if we needed anything. It was amazing! We also checked around for a baptismal suit and didn't have a big enough one.... so we asked the Zone Leaders. 200 miles later and after a mass text to the whole mission, the Zone leaders have a suit for Greg. Miracles were happening everywhere!! :) 

Saturday: We answered any questions Greg had and went through the program with him. He was so prepared. One lesson that we learned this week that was really amazing was goal setting. Sister Virgin and I during weekly planning decided to set a goal of 1 person to be baptized and 1 confirmed. We just wanted to have some faith and set a faith building goal. As soon as we did that Greg's schedule cleared up for us to be seeing him more frequently and then everything worked out for the baptism. It was awesome. I know that the Lord is willing to bless us with miracles if we only have the faith we need to have them. :) I love this work. EVERYTHING ALWAYS WORKS OUT, if we just trust in the Lord and have faith!



Sunday: The baptism. It was a little stressful ... filling that font, setting up the chairs, printing the programs. All of it, plus all of the stress was worth it when you saw Greg's face come out of the water so excited and so relieved. He had made it. He chose this path willingly and he has so much work that is waiting just for him. He is going to be a great asset to the kingdom :) I am so glad we were able to get him to this point. It was amazing for me to see the whole thing, from the first day- to the Baptism. Greg has become a disciple of Christ and it was all through the power of the Book of Mormon. He found so much comfort in the Book of Mormon and prayer and that is exactly how his conversion came. It was amazing! :) 
AH! This is what it is all about everyone!! It is about the peace that comes from sharing and living the gospel. It's about the joy that comes from repentance and baptism and the sacrament. The happiness that comes from sharing the gospel with others. This is truly why we are here, to help our Brothers and Sisters make it Home.

I love you all :) Have a great week! 

P.S.

Some other fun events of the week: We were invited to Syracuse University to participate in a Faith to Faith activity on Thursday and Sunday evening. It was so fun to get to know and understand other faiths and talk to them about ours. 

Ariel is progressing so well, she was fellow shipping all of our investigators that came to the baptism and church and she is still an investigator herself. She is practically perfect :) I love her!! :) 

The Young Women's Broadcast! :) I thought of all of you at home and how amazing it is that this is  one of the few times a year that I know, that we are all doing the exact same thing. Isn't our church amazing. Women gathered all around the world listening to what God is telling us specifically. This church is just beautiful :) 



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