WOW, Chad you are going to go to Germany!!!! I can't believe it and even did a yelp of surprise here in the internet cafe! What a great experience you will have there in Germany. Man, for like two months there will be three of us in the mission. What a blessing it will be to go on your missions Elaine and Chad! Wow, I can't tell you guys how excited I am for you all. There is nothing like the mission and nothing will ever compare to it. I love it and every day is such a blessing!
The best thing you can do now to prepare yourselves is understand that all the success in missionary work comes from 3 things: 1) Obedience-Missionary work is impossible without the Holy Ghost and it is impossible to have the Holy Ghost without being 100% obedient. President has taught us that we give fruits to the Lord and they aren't baptisms; they are obedience. 2) Diligence-With this amazing opportunity comes a great responsibility; we will be held accountable for what we do with the time the Lord has given us and there is no way you can be an instrument in the Lord's hands without lots of hard work. Some of the most satisfying moments I have, other than a baptismal service, have been coming home beat tired, feeling that my legs are going to fall off, and emotionally and spiritually drained. 3) Desire-Faith and charity/love are expressed in your desire to work and look for the elect of God prepared to except the Gospel.
If you start the mission with these habits you will be SUPER powerful missionaries. HAHA, I am going to be sending you both lots of advice like this and cheerleading you both on through your service so I hope you don't mind!! I love you tons and tons and know you both were prepared from before this life to be where you were assigned to labor.
So, I had a pretty trying week with looking and looking all over for families prepared to hear the gospel. We have set a goal as a companionship to find 7 families every week. We found tons this week but none of them came with us to church. However, the Lord had a little different plan for us this last week. We did have someone come with us to church that is preparing for baptism but the baptism we were going to have fell through. We went to our food appointment sad but excited for the opportunity to see what was in store for the coming week. We were eating when we got a call from my Zone Leader who told me that the zone had 0 baptisms. That is something that has never even happened while I have been here in Mexico. I could not believe what we were hearing and Elder Thompson and I decided we were going to do everything that we could to baptize Sunday. We made a list of all the people that had attended church and started making contact with all of them when a name came to our minds. TINA ROJAS!! She was someone we had left a couple of weeks ago because she angrily told us that she would be baptized when SHE felt like it.
When went quickly to her house and we found her family in the parking lot. They asked us to come in and give her husband, who is member, a priesthood blessing. We went in and gave the blessing and then sat the family down to see what miracle the Lord had planned for this family. A quick side note: we had put into our backpack a talk by Elder Eyring called "algun dia" which is about not procrastinating repentance. We had it there because we were thinking about using it with another investigator which I now know was really the Lord preparing all the elements for the lesson we had with Tina. We pulled out the talk and read a couple parts and testified to the message it gave. We started the lesson out with her usually hard hearted resistance but after reading the talk and testifying, the Spirit began changing her heart. We saw a softness in her eyes and a change in her face. We then invited her to be baptized that same day and she said YES! We were excited and utterly surprised and tried to contain ourselves as we started to get things ready for the baptism. That is when she expressed her desire that her husband be the one that would baptize her. He, being super sick, couldn't do it so we made plans for the next possible day to do it which would be tomorrow!! We left that lesson overly amazed with the display of the Spirit and the power of the Lord. I can't wait for Tuesday!!
Well, I am so happy and excited to see what is coming this week and can't be more excited for you guys, Elaine and Chad! Brazil and Germany have no idea what's going to hit them when you guys get there!!