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Monday, April 15, 2013
This week was good. My new companion's name is Elder Grow. He grew up in Prescott, AZ, but now his family lives in Utah. He's great. Our zone has 20 missionaries! Almost half of those are sisters. They call us the Relief Society of the mission. We have five new missionaries in our zone. Elder Grow and I serve in the Lathrop family ward and the Yosemite YSA ward.
Yesterday we had a baptism! Her name is Hillary Pine. She is dating a member of the YSA ward and she asked to come to church with him. She took the lessons and accepted the invitation to be baptized. The baptism went well, but it was a little stressful at first. Apparently a ward in that building took all the baptism clothing for a youth temple trip, so WE COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT WOULD FIT Hillary. Luckily she brought her own backup white clothing, so we were safe. Besides that there were a few things we could've improved on, but it went well.
Here's another miracle from this week: Yesterday in church Sis. Dees and Smith called us and asked us to come and interview one of their investigators RIGHT NOW. We came and I interviewed Nathan McGuire for baptism. He has attended church for 12 years with his wife and three children. On Saturday his 8-year old daughter was baptized, and he felt the Spirit powerfully there. He realized that he has been ignoring answers to his prayers all these years and that he needs to act now. He woke up Sunday morning and asked his wife how she would feel if he got baptized. Sis. McGuire was surprised but overwhelmed with happiness! Nathan told her that he wanted to be baptized that night. They told the sister missionaries in church and almost the entire ward came to witness his baptism last night. Elder Grow and I came to drop off the baptism record during the service. There wasn't enough room in the font room for everyone so they held it in the chapel.
I felt the Spirit so strongly there. This is eternal family. This is true happiness. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Elder Chris Andrew
California Sacramento Mission
8267 Deseret Ave
Fair Oaks, CA 95628