Mummy and Daddy,
Just a little catch up on last week. Kenneth got baptized!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO! HOOO!!! WHA-HA!!!!!! BAM! MIRACLE! He's such a gift!!! He was so cute. Another little juicy tidbit, a recent convert, Dan, of just a few months baptized Kenneth. :D It was an exciting day for all. Dan was so chuffed, he wore a white bow-tie for the occasion. I love convert baptisms...:D hahahah they're so awkward :D Every blasted time these people go under, anxiety swells in my jugular! Dan put his had up into a Live-Long-and-Prosper sign ( just the way his silly fingers are formed), and baptized Kenneth. Kenneth's lone hand spasmed in the breeze......Ohp....gotta do it again. :D Let's just say...we got it in the end :D The best part of the whole evening was Kenneth's testimony. Our humble little Kenneth got up on the stand, and said,
This is such a special night for me. I'm not sure where to begin.....I guess at the beginning....that's always the best place to start. Six weeks ago, my life was not worth living. Someone told be to read the bible, I did, and it got me thinking. I got on a bus one day and I saw these missionaries get on and I knew...I just KNEW...that one of them was going to sit next to me....she did. She gave me a leaflet for a free DVD about Jesus Christ. I sent for it straight away and the missionaries came to my door. I watched this film and I cried...I couldn't believe how cruel people were. I felt something I've never felt before, and I knew...I just KNEW this was for me. I was hungry for the information. I still am! I can't get enough! I'm always learning and improving.... Here I am today. I made a promise with my Father. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet. I love the Book of Mormon! I wouldn't dream of ever going a day without it. I know this church is real....it is. Thank you for your love and friendship.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."
There he was, a pillar of strength, drops plip plopping on the pulpit, bearing his testimony for the first time. The spirit was so strong...not very many dry eyes... I am so proud of him.
In other news, we're teaching this man, Kevin, aka our pseudo-Muslim. Kevin's at a point in his 30 year old English life where he's doing a bit of soul searching. His Muslim friend is teaching him all the ways of Islam. Kev's really enthused about it too. He has his own prayer carpet, sends us off with Arabic blessings, he's even doing the fast for Ramadan. Each night we see him he concludes with, "Well...the time has come. I must eat my date and drink my glass of water to open my fast! Let us pray." The highlight of the evening is Kevin, sat in his daughter's make shift play pen, sunglasses on, sporting the backwards hat, praying, "Dear Heavenly Father......*says a prayer*.....in the name of Jesus....................................................................Allah and Muhammad Amen. I'm sorry I couldn't just do it...I didn't want anyone to feel left out." Hahahaha he's great, but he's still searching for "the truth." The day we met Kevin he told us he prays every night for God to show him the true path that leads to happiness.....then we showed up....BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!
In closing, I just want to mention our Zone Conference we had this past Wednesday. It was all about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We watched the following youtube video that made a big impression on me. It makes the Atonement just a little more personal. I think about moments in this video a lot everyday. I am filled with gratitude that my life was worth saving. Someone died so that I can live. I am so grateful to be out here and teach this message to everyone around me.
I love you so much! Thank you so so so much for letting me be here! I can't tell you how much it means to me.
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White