Monday, October 21, 2013

First Baptism!

Hola Amigos! 
We took a light-rail train that went into Jersey City and we went to the mall again, but this time we went across the street to target! SO MUCH FUN. I loved every minute of it!

Okay so... Diego!!! We baptized DIEGO!!!! It was so cool! So throughout his whole mission process, I felt like we just dumped a huge bucket of water on him with info. We are like surprise! Law of tithing! surprise!  Law of chastity. But wait! There's more! hahaha He joined an English class 2 weeks ago which started right after work. So it was hard to meet with him. He would be too tired to go to class sometimes and so he would call us and say he was home! Lucky he was like a dry sponge ready to soak up all the info. Seriously everything about him and his story is just perfect. How we found him, the way he was just so ready, and the way he just ate everything up. This last week we taught him the law of chastity. It was actually pretty funny. Diego is a crack up! He promised to keep it, just like every other commitment we invited him to keep. 

The day before his baptism, we had a WEDDING!!!! We have been preparing and decoration for it all week long! It was a huge celebration for Claudia and Jose. It was so much fun. Reminded me a lot of Lindy's wedding! I definitely didn't feel like I was a missionary with all the music and chatting for a couple of hours. Just as the ceremony was starting, Diego arrived! He came up the stairs and he was like Hermanas, I need to talk to you. So we were like uhhhh okay... so we left the gym where the wedding was held and went over by the bishop's office. I thought to myself, this is it. It has been going so perfectly so far and everything has worked out. SOMETHING has to go wrong! So we talked for a good 20 minutes and tried to really listen to him. He said that he has a lot of thing weighing on him, that he feels like he really needs to repent of some things and that it will take time. Wow what faith! Diego understood this huge commitment and the need to repent before baptism. We talked a lot about the atonement and shared the scripture where it says and as oft as they truly repent, they will be forgiven of their sins.Then we knelt down right there and he said a prayer in his head. He was crying, but as he finished, he said he felt this weight lifted off his shoulders. What an awesome experience! 
The baptismal service went well with him. He looked so great dressed in white and he will be such a GREAT addition to the ward! We are super excited for him! We have a rule here on the mission, if the recent convert finds a family name to baptize in the temple within 6 weeks of their baptism, we can go with them to the temple! We are anxious to prepare for that :)

We had a pretty great baptismal day. Claudia and Jose were also baptized! Jose was first, and when Claudia came up, he went back into the font and hugged her. Such a sweet moment!!!! And then Diego was next, and Elder Gigilo baptized him! He went to high school at the CCM when it was a school! So we got to share a lot of fun memories. After Diego, a lady named Ana was baptized. Wow the gym was half-full!!!
Here's what the President said about the baptisms mission wide:

'Incredible week of baptisms...22!
"And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdomof my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!"  D&C 18:16
My cup is full tonight.  I love you all.
What a marvelous week for the State of Jersey. 22 people entered into covenants with their 
Heavenly Father to keep His commandments and always remember His Son. This is the largest 
number of people baptized in a week in our mission for several years. As I’ve expressed before, 
you can sense there are important things taking place here. The work is accelerating; the 
Gathering of Israel is being hastened; and our missionaries are serving with all their “heart, 
might, mind and strength” to bring it about.'

It was an awesome day :) 

This week, we had a lesson with the DeLeon family. The dad served a mission but is inactive and the mom is investigating, and their son was baptized a year ago! So it's hard to teach them all and they have 2 little boys. So we did a family home evening with them, where you hide candies and they look for them, but you keep one in your bag, so they can't find it until someone asks. Then you relate it to prayer and say you can't get all the blessings until you ask God! Then the dad said, Well what if I wanted a bigger blessing, like a cake?! And we had JUST gotten home from a dinner appt and they gave us this small cake from a bakery so I had it it my bag. So I said "no way!" and I got the cake out and gave it to them! It was so hilarious!!!! The dad was almost crying, he was laughing so hard! Then he said "I am going to ask you before God because you are a lot faster!" Haha it was really funny.

Another funny thing that happened is we were doing service for a potential investigator of ours, painting the kitchen, and she asked sister Schwedny if she wanted to eat something. She said it twice but sister schwendy didn't hear her. So I asked the question for her and repeated the question (This was all in Spanish). So I said Hermana, quere comer alguien? ....... algo= something and alguien= someone....... WHOOPS! I totally just asked her if she wanted to eat someone!!!!!! And then we all started cracking up and I volunteered Elder Gigilo as tribute and he said "I don't know, I'm kind of spicy!" hahahahaha it was so funny! 

And Hermana Lara. I just love her. She is a member in our ward and she bought sister schwendy and I rings the other day! She came up to us at church and said "I always thinking of you two." She always makes food us too and brings it to church!

 Transfers happened TODAY! Sister Schwendy and I are staying together, which they always do with trainers and trainees. We are getting a new zone leader and a new district leader though! 

LOVE YOUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!! )

Hermana Schaefer

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