Monday, January 11, 2016

My Heart is Full!

What a beautiful week it was! My heart is full!

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
La hora- the time. As in, "the time of a stake meeting changed about three times and interfered with the time we had planned a baptism.
Obstaculos- obstacles. As in, "various obstacles appeared to keep this baptism from happening."
Superar- overcome. As in, "with the help of many leaders, members, and other missionaries, the baptism happened!"
Confirmación- confirmation. As in, "the baptismal service was beautiful, but the confirmation was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Back in September, we spoke one day in church. When my companion was speaking, she saw a family enter the chapel and got super excited because she thought it was a family who we had met the day before. As it turned out, this family was not the family we thought they were, but they were a family who was ready to receive the Gospel.
Once they decided to start coming to church every Sunday, they were determined. When they committed to read the Book of Mormon and pray, they followed through. They had a lot of questions. Especially the dad asked us a lot of questions. Thanks to all these questions and their determination to understand the truth, they grew firm testimonies.
Each member of the family had their own struggles in their own time. One day all but one of them wanted to get baptized, the next day only one of them. As they worked together to strengthen their family and their understanding of the Gospel, they had some beautiful experiences.
Saturday, January 9th, they got baptized! All 5 of them together!
The dad's mom and a few of his siblings are members. His Brother-in-law and nephew baptized and confirmed the family. His mom said the closing prayer, and it was so sweet to hear her give thanks that her children, one by one are accepting the gospel.

On Sunday, the family was confirmed. They each received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the blessings they received were beautiful. I started crying as I heard them give the oldest son and the daughter promises associated with the full-time missions they will serve. The last one confirmed was the dad, and he received great promises that as they stay firm in the Gospel, they will have the chance to be sealed for time and all eternity.

It has been a beautiful experience to work with this family in their journey toward baptism, and I love seeing how they continue to progress.

This work isn't about increasing the number of members in the church. This work is about eternal families. I am so grateful to have been a part of helping this family become an eternal family. This baptism won't only bless this family though, it will also bless the families of those who these future missionaries will teach.

Our Heavenly Father loves us, and He has a plan for us. He has a plan for families. We can be together forever as we follow the example of Jesus Christ.

Have an awesome week! :)

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

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