Mummy and Daddy,
We've had quite the whirlwind week this week. We've been preparing Michael for his baptism on Saturday. Sister Hillgaard and I have acted as his social secretaries, carting him off to tea appointments, branch activities, movie nights etc. On Saturday, we went to Ashington to watch a baptism and have Michael's baptismal interview with our District Leader. The only hiccup was the baptism did not happen. The young man getting baptized was hauled away by his concerned cousin who came out of the woodwork for the day to poop on our dreams. We showed up for the aftermath. The sister missionaries, my friends, were beside themselves. It was the saddest thing. This guy wanted to get baptized so badly! Good news is Michael passed his interview with flying colors, and came out saying, "I really want to be washed clean of my sins. My goal in life is to stand before God with a clear conscience, and enter his kingdom." I tell you this man is so wonderful.
When we rounded the corner yesterday morning to pick him up for church we saw a note taped to his door and a plastic carrier bag outside.
No...no...no....no.....no.... *running*.....no no no no.....*gate squeaks open*....no no no no no...... In the note he expressed some concerns, a change of heart, and said that he went for a walk. I do not know how long Sister Hillgaard and I stood in front of that door. It felt like ten minutes.....in silence....reading and re-reading his note.
"What should we do? "
"No clue...let's say a prayer."
In our prayer we prayed for a miracle. We didn't know where Michael was, but we needed to find him."
We waited about some more.
"Should we leave? We're going to be late for church."
"........not yet.......let's leave him a note."
As soon as I stuffed the note in the letter box, keys rattled in the lock and Michael filled the doorway.
"I just got in from my walk."
"Can we come in for a minute and talk to you?"
BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT! We talked for a long time about his concerns, and in the end we resolved him. "Do you believe the church is really The Church of Jesus Christ restored?"
"Yes, I believe that."
"Do you want us to push your baptism back a week to give you more time to pray about it?"
"No, I believe it... I want to go through with the baptism this Saturday." BAM! MIRACLE!!!!
Our prayer was answered! BAM! MIRACLE! I love this job :D Thank you so much for letting me be here. I really appreciate it. I wonder if you realize how much this mission means to me. Thank you so much!
I love you!
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White