Monday, June 27, 2016

Solid Week!

Adama Baptism June 25, 2016
June 27, 2016

Dear Family & Friends,

Solid week! We had a lot of amazing things happen over the weekend in our area. First of all, Adama got baptized!!! She loved it! Even though she kept joking with us before about how she was terrified of the water. She was smiling ear to ear when she came up out of the water and the spirit was there so strong. Its pretty cool just how much joy I felt seeing her take that step in her life. That's what missionary work is all about. Obviously it's important to invite everyone to better their lives through Christ but when you look down into a baptismal font and see someone you've grown to love standing in the water, there is no better feeling. Then to add on she bore a powerful testimony after she came out. We have only been meeting with Adama for about 3 weeks so we have gotten to know her pretty well but she is usually pretty quiet and doesn't have too many questions because she just knows that it's true. She very nervously stood up in front of everyone and started to cry as she bore her testimony. She looked right at us and thanked us for saving her life. She talked about how she was at a low point in her life and was praying for guidance and direction. She told everyone that she normally turns missionaries away but for some reason she felt like she really needed to talk to us that day. Then everything changed for her and she felt hope come rushing into her life. She was so grateful and you could feel just how much her baptism truly did mean to her. It was awesome! Something I will never forget.

Then later that night we were able to meet up with this guy named Victor that we met a couple weeks ago. He's been pretty busy but we were finally able to talk with him. We learned more about his family and how he was so close to getting baptized when he met with the missionaries before. We re-extended a baptismal invitation and he accepted it for July 30th! He also has a wife and 3 kids that could potentially be on board as well. So we are pumped for that!

Sunday was awesome too! Adama was late to church but made it just in time for her confirmation. Then after sacrament meeting one of our investigators named Brianna came up to us and said she had a secret for us. Little background on her. She is the only member of her family that hasn't been baptized and she has been meeting with missionaries for a while but just hasn't made the commitment to actually do it. She went to girls camp this past week with the ward and had an amazing experience. Her secret for us was that she wanted to be baptized! We set up a baptismal date for her on July 23rd and she is so excited! She is also going to EFY this next week so she is going to be so ready to go by the time she gets back. She is pretty good friends with Adama's daughter Fredica so we are hoping they will both be baptized on the same day. Great miracles are coming our way and we are loving them! Haha July is going to be such a good month.

Other than that, Sacramento is just blistering hot right now and time is cruising by way too fast. I'm excited for the upcoming week. It's going to be a busy one with transfers. Love you all and hope you each have a great

-Elder Gammell

Missionary Leadership Conference at President & Sister Jardine's home.

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