Lots of stuff happened this week! I don't have much time today, but I'll explain some of what went on here in Hamilton.
First off, I baptized 40 people!! I bet not many missionaries can say that they've baptized 40 people in one day on their missions! I helped out with baptisms for the dead on the youth temple trip. It was a very spiritual experience. Many of the youth commented on the peaceful feelings they could feel as they performed the ordinances, and I could definitely feel it as well. It was the first time I've ever performed the baptismal ordinance, and I can most definitely testify that the priesthood has been restored to the earth. Through the restoration of the priesthood, the Lord has prepared a way that all of His children can return to live with Him again.
We had an amazing lesson with the parents of the little girl that we have on date for November 29th. We went to the home of a member of the stake presidency who speaks Spanish and talked with them about getting married. That is seriously all that is holding them back from baptism. It's a super complicated situation though. To sum it up, they are illegal and have been waiting for papers for 7+ years, and their lawyers say that if they get married there is a very good chance that they won't be able to get their papers. There is also a chance that they will be getting their papers in February, so they are considering just waiting until then to get married. A part of me wanted to tell them that under those circumstances they should just wait for a few months until after they have the papers, then get married. But the famous scripture came to mind from 1 Nephi 3:7. The Lord's commandments aren't subject to change by our circumstances. He will make things work out if we do what He asks. That is what we told them, and our plan is to get them on date this week. I'll let you know what happens.
Well, I'm just about out of time, so I'll wrap this up. Thanks for the birthday package! That cake in a can thing was genius! The notebook was perfect as well.
Thanks for everything! Have a great week!