Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Elder Nielsen

Elder Nielsen

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Miracles in the Camarin Ward

We had a very successful week last week. SO last week was transfers week, that means it was super busy. We had to attend meetings or give workshops, or go fix problems, meet with President, and work in our area. We had some sort of meeting literally everyday last week, it has been a little hectic. We have also given about 6 workshops in the last week.My brain has been a little fried with all the workshops I was learning, things on the computers I had to learn and remember, ect. It has been crazy but I think the worst of it is done. There is also a lack of sleep, do problems and concerns. On Monday night we had to wake up at 2 a.m to visit some apartments, I am not going to get into details, but sleep is a kulang ( lack of ) here.  Things are starting to slow down a bit. It has been great, I am learning so much. 

I also get to drive the van. That is the Assistant's vehicle. Remember when I went and got my Filipino Driver's license? Well, I am putting it to good use here. Elder Perkins and I switch off for driving. Honesty, I do not like driving at all. It is a MESS driving here. No rules, no laws, and it is also super tight. The van is no small car. I am pretty much driving a small boat out here. And you have to squeeze through the smallest gaps and roads. It is a little crazy, but I am getting a little more used to it now. 

We experienced a few miracles last week with our investigators. We had a few investigators that felt that they were not quite ready to be baptized or were a little hesitant to be baptized. However, by the end of the week, with the support of their fellow-shippers, all those hesitant investigators decided and felt that they were ready to be baptized. Last night, Elder Perkins mentioned a little to you about Sister Zarina. Elder Gurtiza and I actually found and taught Sister Zarina almost one year ago. She went to church many times with her boyfriend who is a member. After a few lessons at the house of her boyfriend, we wanted to meet and teach her family. On the next lesson, they took us to Zarina's house. We then realized that Sister Zarina actually lived in the area of the Camarin Zone Leaders (now the area of the APs ). We then gave the referral to the Camarin Zone Leaders, Elder Alejandro and Elder Perkins. They taught Zarina and she continued to go to church. But unfortunately, when the Zone Leader's and the Assistant's areas were changed, the missionaries stopped visiting Zarina, and they slowing lost contact with her and she eventually stopped going to church and was lost.

Luckily, when Elder Perkins returned to this area he was able to contact Zarina, and she again started coming to church. She has now been attending church for the last three months. Sister Zarina has always felt like she is not ready to be baptized. She wanted to read the entire Book of Mormon and Gospel Principles book before she was baptized because she felt like she did not know enough. Last night, we were able to to teach her. Our plan was to teach about baptism and the importance of baptism. The lesson went as planned, and the Spirit was present with us in her home. We had two member from the Elders Quorum who came with us to the lesson. Both of them are recent converts and have been baptized within the last 3 years. They shared their powerful testimonies about the importance of baptism. At the end of the lesson, we asked her if she felt ready to be baptized and she said, that she was ready and wanted to be baptized on the next Saturday. We were all amazed and a little shocked by her answer. Elder Perkins and I know that her conversion has been a miracle. We are very thankful for the opportunity we both had to return to this area and teach Zarina again. We know that because of the Spirit and the strong testimonies of the recent converts working with us, she decided to be baptized. 

Some of other investigators that were also struggling with the decision to be baptized all committed to be baptized in the next few weeks. It has been a busy and miraculous week. 

I love missionary work. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to see miracles in my own life and the lives of others. 

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