Monday, December 23, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been a cold week in Jeff City. I don't know if you know what an ice-storm is or not, but we had a couple of those this week. Every tree branch down to the smallest twig is covered in a layer of ice about a quarter of an inch thick if not more. Even every individual blade of grass is covered in a coat of ice. I have never seen anything like it. It really is quite beautiful, especially when the sun is shining. Every plant is glimmering as if they were made of pure diamond. It's a fantastic sight... but it sure needs to end. It is far too cold for me. No snow though, so that's good. It doesn't stick here very well.
I'm afraid I have bad news concerning our investigator, Eric. He was not able to get baptized on Saturday. We lost contact with him for several days. When we were finally able to get in contact with him we found out that he had lost control of himself and gave in to some old habits of his. He still wants to come closer to Christ and be baptized eventually, but we're going to have to give him a little more time.

Mike and Adrian are still right on track to be baptized this Saturday though. We had an awesome lesson with them on Thursday. We got there and began the lesson on the word of wisdom. They didn't have any concerns with it other than tea. They LOVE tea, especially Mike. We thought we might have a problem with him committing to the word of wisdom before we even arrived for the lesson. We discussed the issue with them further but as we were about ask them to commit to keeping the word of wisdom the oven alarm went off and it was time for us to eat. After friendly conversation and good food we adjourned back into the living room. Adrian was the first one to speak up. She asked us how soon they would have to stop drinking tea and if they could ween themselves out of it. I opened my mouth to answer, but to our great surprise Mike answered for us. Mike is a very timid and quiet guy and not very bold at all with anything, but when he spoke then it was with direct boldness and certainty.
He said, "We need to stop now. They have said it; it has been declared. There is no excuse for us to do it any longer. We've gotta stop now." Elder Ivey and I just looked at each other in awe. This man was in love with tea, but already he had gained a testimony of the word of wisdom and he was ready to live it. After he spoke there was a rush of energy from the Spirit. We asked Mike if he felt it too. he did and so did Adrian. They were ready to commit to the commandment. It was so awesome.
Yesterday and church Adrian told me that she had dumped all of the tea they had down the disposal. We are so proud of the two of them. It had been such a blessing to teach them and witness their progression. We are so excited for their baptism on the 28th! It's gonna rock!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and a VERY merry Christmas!!! I love you all so much!!!!

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