Tommy's Release Date

Since you asked, Tommy will be returning to Beaverton on October 25, 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

This week has been a week of miracles. Unfortunately I don't have all that much time to write about them all today. This morning we met with an incredible woman. This is the 3rd or 4th time that we've met with her. We had Sister Castillo with us as well in the appointment (Incredible member who got baptized a few years ago and has an INCREDIBLE testimony!!)  We were at a really cool part of the lesson, the spirit was super strong, and sister Castillo asked her if she believed that the church was true. She responded "Yes."  We invited her to be baptized on the 24th of march, and she accepted as well.  It was a pretty incredible experience. There's still a long ways to go with her, she doesn't have a very firm grasp on the gospel topics, but she feels it. We're working on helping her to be able to feel the truthfulness of the gospel "in her mind and in her heart" as it says in the scriptures. She knows it's true in her heart, but is somewhat confused because she doesn't really understand WHY it's true.  I'm excited to see what happens with her!

Another day of the week we were visiting a family. The dad has been coming to church for awhile, and basically wants to be baptized, but doesn't want to commit to a date. The wife is basically of the track of thought that she wants to see the results of her husband getting baptized, and then if she "feels like it" she'll follow along. Well we had an incredible lesson with them about baptism. We taught about how in Matthew chapter 4 when Jesus calls some of his disciples how he called them, and they came immediately, two of them even leaving their father standing there in the boat.  We then invited the husband to follow the example of Jesus Christ to be baptized by someone with the authority to baptize him, on the 17th of march. He initially said that he couldn't put a date, or set a goal.  His wife started asking some interesting questions, trying to figure out why the invitation was just for her husband, or if it applied to her as well. We talked to the husband for a few more minutes, helping him to see the importance of setting goals, and he accepted the baptismal date of the 17th of march. Then my companion turned to the wife and asked her if she would also prepare herself to be baptized on that day.  She immediately said: "Yes"  It was a pretty incredible moment, and it completely blew my mind! I love those moments. It's incredible to see the change that the gospel can make in people's lives. When people get excited about it, you can honestly see a light within them start to glow, and if they continue, that light also continues to grow up until they get baptized, at which time they come up out of the water as completely new people basically.  It is really incredible to see that change in people. I LOVE it!

There are sooo many people here who have been prepared for YEARS for this very moment for us to come talk to them. It is truly incredible.  Just last night we were out at about 8:40, and decided to go knock one last door before we went back to the house.  We knocked went up, and started talking to this lady at the door, and she accepted a return appointment. Then my companion said to her "There's a reason we're here right now. You need this gospel, and we're here to give it to you"  She looked back at him and said: "I know"  It was a pretty incredible thing for me to see. So many miracles are happening, I wish I had more time to share, but unfortunately we got a late start to our day because of our lesson this morning, and I gotta go.

Love to all!
Elder Williams

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