Another week has passed, time is flying! Well family, this week has been wonderful!
First off, we had our baptism and it was a wonderful baptismal service. Des and Kim were baptized and I've never seen them so happy! In the week leading up to their baptism, we were able to visit them almost everyday. Sister Des shared a wonderful experience with us that she had one night. One night as she was reading in the scriptures, she read about Lehi's dream and the fruit from the tree of life. She asked Sister Tess, who works with her, what it meant. Sister Tess described that the fruit is the gospel, true happiness. Sister Des really related to this scripture as she thought about all the blessings that she has received from the time the missionaries began teaching her. She said that all she wants to do now is to share it. To invite her family to partake of the goodness of this gospel, to share the happiness and joy that comes from accepting Jesus Christ and His Atonement into our lives. She said at that moment, she knelt down and prayed to Heavenly Father and promised Him that she would serve a mission. To bring the same joy and blessing that she has received, to others that so desperately need it. She plans to go and teach her family and then go and serve the people to where she will be assigned. I was amazed as she shared this story and this beautiful prayer and promise that she made with Heavenly Father as she prayed to Him.
Brother Kim was also able to share his testimony in a lesson that we had with his friend. He had such a strong, sincere, and loving testimony about the Book of Mormon. I have seen him apply the teachings in his life and come closer to Heavenly Father through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also is sharing the gospel as he posts everyday on Facebook. A member in our ward showed us his facebook page and he is sharing the blessing and his testimony to all of his friends. They both have truly partaken of the fruit that Lehi described in his dream and have such a strong desire to share it with those around them :)
On the day of their baptism, they both showed up so early, even before us because they were so excited. They had prepared all of their clothes about 3 days before. But as I walked in and saw Kim, he had the biggest smile on his face and said "I'm ready!" and then as I went up to Des, she said "It's here!" Haha I'm so grateful to Heavenly Father for preparing these two people to accept the gospel into their lives. I'm also grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunity to share the gospel with them.
I also experienced another miracle yesterday that I want to share with you. night as we were planning for the next day, I opened up the area book which has all the information about our area and it opened up to an investigator that was taught about 4 years ago. As I looked at the name and the information, I suggested to Sister Tropia that we should go and visit them. The information that we were given was that her husband, Brother Morada, is a LA and they had two kids who now would be about 12. So, we planned to go and visit them. As we traveled to where they lived, we asked around if they knew where these people lived. One man pointed to another man and said "that is him." So we went over and he said "Sisters! How are you?" and then he welcomed us into his home to share. As we shared with them about families, Brother Morada said he wanted to share a story. He said that a few days ago he had seen us walking, but didn't say anything. Then night, the night that we saw his name in the folder, he had a dream. In his dream his mother, who used to be a member but passed away a few years ago, came to him and told him that he and his family need to return back to church. He said that he was amazed that the next day, we showed up and have invited him back to church. He knows that the church is true and wants his family to join as well. We gave his wife and daughter a baptism date and we are hoping that the father will be able to baptize them when the time comes. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us, and that he prepares people for us as His representatives to go and visit people at the right time and right place. I know that it is not a coincidence that Brother Morada had that dream the night before we came to visit him and his family. It truly is a miracle and a blessing :)
The work is progressing and it is a blessing to be a part of the Lord's work here on earth at this time and in this wonderful place, the Philippines :)
Thank you family for all of your love and support, I love you all and am so blessed!
Love, Sister Latham
P.S. I reach my 8 months this upcoming:)))