!Buenas tardes, mi querida familia!
Thank you for your emails! I’m glad to hear that things are going well – especially with the move to Alaska. Thank you for all you missionary efforts and the love you send my way!
This week was great. It was a little slower than normal, but I think that’s a little blessing in disguise, because we don’t want to burn out. Our wonderful investigator, Petra, is continuing to progress and blossom in the gospel. She really is the highlight of this entire transfer! She had her baptismal interview yesterday and is ready to enter the waters of baptism. 🙂 We’d originally planned to have her baptism on the 27th of September, but we may have to move it to the 4th of October due to some technicalities. Either way, she is really excited! Ever since we met and began teaching her, I just can’t help but feel that we’ve only been the catalysts in her conversion. She is so humble and teachable, and said she’d never felt the spirit before the way she does now. She can’t wait to have that gift with her permanently!
Last Saturday, we were planning to have her come and witness the baptism of another 8-yr-old girl, Paulette, in the Branch. However, something came up with the daycare that she runs out of her home and couldn’t attend. We decided to bring a baptismal service to her instead! We had a mock baptismal service complete with hymns and scriptures about baptism and the holy ghost, then showed her a clip of a baptism that takes place in the Restoration video. She loved it! She has such a strong desire to follow the example of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She, herself, is an example for the children she has living in Mexico. Raquel, her daughter, is studying with missionaries in the home of her friend in Hermosillo, and she wants her two sons and her father to begin meeting with missionaries. She shares the things that we’ve been teaching her with everyone that walks into her house! Petra even brought a friend to the Branch Fiesta we had on Saturday. She’s already such a great missionary because it just flows naturally from experiencing the joy the gospel brings her to wanting to share it with everyone that she cares about. She is an example to me!
I’m about out of time already, but I just wanted to tell you all that I love you! Training is going well, with unique challenges and lessons to be learned, and I absolutely love it. It is sucha privilege to be here serving the people of the Tucson Arizona Mission! I love this work! Keep up all your efforts to be natural missionaries wherever you are. I know that no matter how small you efforts are, they are precious in the sight of the Lord. And He will reward you for them. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Hermana Sutherland 🙂
PS – I had a goal to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch at least once on the mission. So we did it in celebration of my birthday!
The picture of the Ford truck is for Lauren Randall. 🙂