Saturday, November 14, 2015

Three Cakes and a Baptism

Thank you all for the birthday wishes!(: This was the best birthday of my life! In two days I got 3 cakes and a baptism. I'd say that's pretty successful ;) Haha! Thank you all for praying for Qiu Jie Mei! Her baptism was wonderful(: Tuesday morning she had her interview, and I was so excited when she passed! On Thursday we met with her one more time and she brought me a cake! She's so sweet! That night she got baptized. She changed so much. She's so happy. I'm so happy for her! That was the best birthday present ever. 
We have some really awesome investigators. Jia Dixiong and his son are so golden! We went over all of the commandments with them yesterday and they are willing to keep them all! Their interview is this coming week and they will be getting baptized next Saturday! They read the Book of Mormon and come to church and pray and everything! God is blessing us so much!

We are also meeting with Lisa (15 years old) and Tom (10 years old). Tom really wants to get baptized! His date is for the 28th. Lisa still isn't quite sure, but we have seen a huge change come over her since we started meeting with her. She is happier and more confident. I love that this gospel changes people!
This week we had stake conference. A member from the Quorum of the Seventy spoke with us (I'm not sure what his name is because the program was all in Chinese... oops). He talked a little bit about the Atonement. He shared Alma 7:11-13, "11. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me."
He mentioned that often times we think that the Atonement is only for sinners, and of course we are all sinners, but the Atonement is also for those daily pains. He said, "The very last thing these verses mention is that the Atonement saves us from sin. The first thing it mentions is the pains of the world." I love that! We can use the Atonement everyday! Everything that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement. Christ suffered for us and He understands us! He loves us and He wants to help us. The Atonement is such a beautiful, mind boggling thing. I'm so grateful. 
I love you all so much!(:

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