Monday, November 11, 2013

And another baptism in her area!

Speaking of still having Halloween candy left, Sister Jeppson is awesome with health! I mean, she was in a hot dog singing a song she made up about New Jersey food in the tune of "food glorious food." Tell me a mission President's wife that is as awesome as that... you really can't! Anyways, her little seminars have helped me to be healthy! I even look at pictures of some things at restaurants and am grossed out! So that's a neat change. I can see a difference in my energy! I feel like it's Heavenly father's way of rewarding me for serving him :) 

Carlos is doing good! He did come to church, and he seemed to like it.  

Diego is great! Such a social butterfly. He got the Priesthood this Sunday and so he is going to the temple with us on the 21st! We are really looking forward to that! We are going with Densie, the recent convert the Elders baptized last Sunday! 
And SURPRISE! We had another baptism on FRIDAY! his name is Vinicio and he is 23. Lives with a member family and was invited to our talent night in October. He loved it, got comfortable and then came to church. The Zone Leaders taught him, the same Elders who taught Densie. They said he just grew more. Vinicio felt bad one day and said "I'm pretty slow at reading... I'm only in 1st Nephi 11.." Uhh AWESOME!  The man even remember Ishmeal's name! So he was baptized on Friday and President Jeppson came again! It was pretty awesome. He was baptized on a Friday because he had to get the Holy Ghost on Sunday. He left Sunday night to Arizona, where he will work for 6 months! So it was really sad to see him go. When he got the Holy Ghost, he was assured that the Lord had huge plans for him. GOLDEN! He's also planning on coming back to go to the temple in December! He is such a boss. We also sang come thou fount in Spanish. It was sweet.
                                                               Vinicio's baptism

Whenever times get tough with Spanish, I just think "my family has to be impressed. I have to have this down by Christmas!"  Spanish hymns are my favorite! They just have so much power to them. I've already memorized a couple on accident because they are my favorites and I just sing them all the time. :) 

I don't know if Nestor is in our area or not.. he came to church this Sunday but we are meeting with him for the first time tonight!
The Robles family.. Are you ready for this?!

So last Sunday they had a lesson in Young Women about the temple trip they were having that Saturday. After the class, Diana begged to go to the temple, but we explained she had to be baptized before she went to the temple. So she asked us if she could get baptized during the week so that she could go! We told her we had to teach her a couple things, but that she could get baptized really soon. So we set her on date for the 17th! We've been to her house like every day this week and she is always SO excited to see us! We even took Diana 11, her brother Gabriel, 13 and Ariana 13 the less active to the library and we all watched videos. It was so much fun! And Diana got to watch a video of a baptism, plus she's seen the recent two we had last week. She goes to the church every day for activities and volleyball and things like that and she just is in LOVE! We were walking her to the church the other day and she said "you know, I consider you guys like sisters to me" :') It is so much fun to work with her and Ariana! They are both so hilarious and they just crack us up. 
We were having a lesson with Diana and we were sharing a scripture in Moroni, and we teach her in English because she understands and it's easier. So I was introducing the scripture, and I was explaining Moroni and I said "se llama Moroni (mor-oh-nee) in espanol... and she whispers "sounds like macaroni..." Oh man we all started busting up! Those girls are hilarious! And when Diana prays, she always prays for us and thanks her Heavenly Father and tells him how excited she is to be baptized and to receive the Holy Ghost. We are so so happy for her! And we hope she is going to lead her family into the waters of baptism too. her brother Gabriel has come to church with us 3 times willingly, but he just doesn't want anything to do with it. 
                                                  Ariana, Hermanan Schaefer, and Diana!
I have a Spanish/English dictionary, but my companion doesn't let me use it during companionship study when I need it. I have to figure out another way I already know how to say it. But I feel like when I do that, I won't ever learn the words I want to say. 

We have interviews with the President this week so that will be awesome.
He is such an inspired man. he will just look at me and be able to tell everything that's going on.
When he was set apart as a mission President, he was blessed to be able to know us as if he'd known us since we were young. I have truly felt that as he has talked to me, even the way he shakes my hand- he knows me inside and out.
I love you lots and lots and lots! Have such a great week!
Hermana Schaefer
Or See-shizzle. whichever you prefer :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Almost Thanksgiving!

Wow can you believe it's already Thanksgiving?! 
This transfer has gone by SO fast, and yet I can't believe I'm STILL in training! I have about 3 more weeks left! 

Carlos didn't go to church because his cousin was in town. But he's doing pretty good. 

GOLDEN DIEGO! Is still awesome as ever. :) He got a new job this week and so he had to work this Sunday. Boo! And we haven't been able to set up a time for his family history, mainly because the center is only open for like 2 days a week. Because he wasn't at church, he didn't receive the priesthood so he can't go to the temple yet! Which was a rule I didn't know. Even 12 year old boys have to have the priesthood if they want to do baptisms! So we are aiming for next week. He fits in SO well with the ward and we love him! We are doing his new member lessons. The ward missionaries aren't as frequent here in Union City. We are aiming to have more members with us in lessons though. That 3rd testimony always helps!

So my companion is famous! Sister Schwendiman is in the church news! She and her former companion have pictures and there's a whole article about NJMM and the work sister missionaries do on Liberty island! We are now both world renowned. (me in general conference, her in the church news!)

Okay. MIRACLES this week!
First of all, Densie was baptized! He is the bishop's daughter's boyfriend about 20 years old. He was taught by our Zone leaders. He had the missionary discussions before, but cut the poor missionaries off in the middle of a lesson and said it wasn't right for him. Then his girlfriend moved to Utah for college, and he was really devastated about it. He was so devastated that he got on his knees and prayed to know where his life was going and he asked for a sign to see if the church Marilyn (the gf) belonged to was the right church for him. Two nights later, he had a dream, where him and Marilyn were sitting on a couch together and they had their wedding rings on and they were holding a book of mormon in their hands, and as the seconds went by, they were aging, wrinkles and all. So Densie took this as a sign that he needed to join the church! He had the missionary discussions and 3 weeks later he was baptized! (the baptism was yesterday). And guess what?! President and Sister Jeppson came!!!! We are about 2.5 hours away from the mission home so we don't get to see them that often. It was so cool to talk with them and tell them about good ol Union City!
                                                                Densie's baptism

At the Baptism, we had 4 investigators there AND a less active! Crazy awesome! They played the Joseph Smith movie while they were changing and it was the most powerful video I've seen! I bet it was because President was there :) Also, me and my companion and the Zone leaders sand soy un hijo de Dios (I am a child of God) With the guitar. So Marilyn, Densie's girlfreiend was "there" via skype and she was bawling through the whole thing, and so was the whole family of the bishop. Densie was baptized 3 times because his knee kept coming up, and he just laughed. Even when he bore his testimony, he didn't cry! BUT when we got to the second verse of the song, he was just bawling. He just put his head in his hands and sobbed! Oh then I started crying and I couldn't sing because that just sounds so bad. It was so awesome! The Spirit was SO strong!

We also had a street contact as we were walking to pick up investigators for church. He said he couldn't go, and then he showed up! He also came to the baptism too!!!!! His name is Nestor, but I don't think he lives in our area :/ 

Also, we have been working with the Robles family. The mom is like 20 years less active and her two kids and husband are non members. We picked up the two kids (woke them up and basically dragged them out of bed) and it turns out, Diana 12, the daughter is friends with Ariana 13, the hilarious less active we have been teaching. So they just chatted away on the way to church and Diana stayed because she had a friend! She LOVED young womens and asked us if she could go to the temple trip with the ward this Saturday! We told her she needed to be baptized for herself first, and she asked "can I be baptized right NOW?!" It was pretty awesome! Densie's baptism was at 6 and so we picked her up for that and the whole way there she was just chatting about how she wants to be baptized, and how her dad supports her and how she told her mom about the temple and her mom said she wanted to go with her! And then she was like and then my whole family can be BAPTIZED! And she came to the baptism and she was so intrigued. And she asked me to baptize her. Hahahahaha I wish! Oh how I wish. But we explained the Priesthood and she was okay with it.The Lord has been so good to us :) 
Hopefully we can get that family baptized and active!!!


Love, Seester CC :)