How's it going, my wonderful friends and family? It sounds like there are lots of fun things going on at home, and some not so fun. (Sorry all my fellow BYU fans. We know that good always prevails in the end. ;) )
A couple of our investigators were also at the baptism, and they really felt the Spirit as well. Megan was one who attended, and it was almost a negative experience for her, just because she knows that she needs and wants to be baptized, but she can't be. We're really hoping and praying for a miracle in the heart of her dad.
Joe was also there, and he told us he felt something. He us so incredibly prepared! We met with him again this week, and invited him to be baptized. He accepted! We also asked him if he would prepare to be baptized on the 5th of October, but he's a little hesitant about that, just because of his family situation. He's living with his mom here, and doesn't want to cause any contention. He did say that once he's 18, which will be next March, he'll definitely be baptized! We're hoping that him being baptized won't be something that will cause problems, and that he'll be able to be sooner rather than later. Like I said, he is so incredibly prepared.
This week, I was studying quite a bit about obedience. (It's kind of an important topic as a missionary. haha) The Christlike Attributes section of Preach My Gospel has quite a bit about it, and one scripture really stood out to me. It's Mosiah 15:7, and it says, talking about Christ, "the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father." We know that Christ was perfect, but I think I sometimes disconnected that from his obedience. They're almost one in the same, though! One of the reasons Christ was perfect was because he always did the will of the Father. Always! I thought of it a bit like building a house. Our Heavenly Father has prepared everything. The foundation is laid, the frame is cut; it just needs to be put together. That's where we come in. We are tools in the Father's hands, or, at least, we should be! Now, if we aren't reliable tools, can we really expect our Father to use us? Can we really expect the joy and peace that He promises to give us as we do obey His commandments? Sometimes, the task He gives us can seem too huge or too hard to accomplish, but he hasn't left us alone and helpless. Like He says in D&C 84:88, "for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."