This week was amazing. We went to the other side of the island to do divisions and it is where the big volcano is. There are HUGE streams of black rock that go from the top of the volcano until the ocean. Where there is no rock there are the greenest of plants. I couldn't believe what I saw. It was amazing.
The divisions went super well and we got to go out to the countryside of Fogo and visited some really sweet poeple who were prepared for the gospel.
This week the most inspiring thing that happened was with one of our investigators N.. N. is married to Z. and they have two kids W. and W. Z. is the only member in the family but a faithful member and a great Young Mens President. N. had been to church many times but she still hadn't wanted to get baptized. We had started passing by and talking with her about what her doubts were and why she liked the church so much. She finally opened up to us and told us that she liked the Catholic church because it was were she grew up and her parents were part of that church but she also felt so good in the church of Jesus Christ. She was just confused on what she should do.
We told her to read the book of Mormon and to pray to find her answer, because God would answer her prayers. If she really wanted the truth it would come to her. So she agreed and we continued to go by and to just read the BoM with her. One day when we read about the brother of Jared and the boats she got really excited. She asked if we could come by everyday to read and study with her. We smiled and said we would continue to pass.
On Sunday night we went by and asked her how she was feeling. She explained that she had been praying everyday very diligently but she had not been reading the BOM. She said that everytime she read the BOM or when we passed by she had the will and desire to be Baptized but when she wouldn't read the desire faded and she became confused again. We read some of the parts in the last chapter of Moroni explaining that the book was written so that we could believe in a Christ and in the Church of Jesus Christ. She sat there thinking about the scripture and we could tell the spirit was working with her. Then Sister B. asked what her goals or dreams were in life. She told us to live happily with her family for eternity. We then asked if she was learning that when she went to church every sunday with Z. She said yes and THEN we popped the question. If she wanted to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She paused and then as if relieved of some burden she firmly stated "yes, I've already decided. I will be baptized. What time will it be held?" I felt the happiness and love of God so strongly after she spoke those words.For a moment Sister B. and I just cried. Finally we said whatever time she wanted. Z. had a huge smile on his face and N. just laughed.
I am so grateful for all of the many miracles we have in life. Big and small. I know families can be together forever because of the power of the priesthood and that in this chruch we have all of the truths of the gospel.
Have a great week!