Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Palanis, Sekia Oe!
This past week went well! We had a baptism/confirmation so that was definitely awesome to be able to witness, because it has been since November since we last had a baptism here. The stake was definitely due for one. Her name is Mackenzie Lynn McIntosh, and she is 11 almost 12. She was so excited to be baptized that she had these baptismal invites that looked like wedding invitations. All of the pictures that were taken were taken in front of the Salt Lake temple, and one of them was of herself standing on the bridal circle where wedding pictures are always taken, hahaha. It was all good though because it was awesome to see how excited she was for it!
Besides the baptism, we also had a chance to pick up 3 brand new investigators this week along with the opportunity to have 9 member present lessons (the most member present lessons in a week that I can remember having in a while). We also had a lot of great contact with people in general now that the weather is getting nicer. I have been contemplating now whether we should start riding bikes since the weather is getting better, but we will see what happens. We are also teaching this less-active returned missionary in our area who served a mission in Costa Rica about 2-3 years ago. He has kind of just fallen out of doing the whole Mormon thing and it has gotten to the point where he doesn’t have too much of a desire right now to go to church on Sundays. He still thinks about going back to the temple, and he does have a desire to come back to church, but it is more of a process than anything. I told him that it honestly is easy to say certain things as a missionary because we do it everyday (hopefully) when it comes to things like reading, praying, and going to church. There is so much that we can say, but people will most likely not do anything until they can hear the sincerity in your voice about what you gained from doing this or that. I know that it can be tough to balance our lives and that it can also be frustrating, and so really the only thing that can help us is to constantly do our very best and to have faith. I love every single one of y’all and hope for the very best for each of you guys.