Monday, February 8, 2016

"We kept looking and working"

February 1, 2016 - 

Well, a drastic difference between the last week and this week.... two weeks ago was maybe the hardest week of my mission... we had a pretty rough time finding new people but we didn't give up. We kept looking and working. We went to our appointment with Mariana and before we even prayed she couldn´t wait to tell us that she wanted to get baptized!!! We have been working with Mariana since the first day of the transfer. We knocked on the door of a member that I met my first time here in Setúbal and Mariana answered. The member that I was looking for had gone to England for a vacation, so we visited with Mariana. She told us right from the beginning that she didn't believe in the Book of Mormon. We explained just a little and invited her to church and she went. Then we kept teaching her. Her member friend from England came home (Vanessa) and helped us out a lot! Mariana started reading from the Book of Mormon and started believing in it's words and we kept focusing on that for her foundation and on this past Wednesday she was way excited to tell us she wanted to get baptized! We ended up teaching her 3 lessons in one day so she could make her baptismal covenant with the Lord this past weekend. She accepted everything and was truly prepared by the Lord! On Sunday she got up (being invited by the Bishop) to bear her testimony and she said she was nervous and wanted to go home when she got to the chapel door on the night of her baptism, but she came in, and when she was getting baptized, all she heard was her name, and nothing else. Then when she was actually being baptized, she said it felt like she was there for a while, just floating on clouds, a sensation, or a sign from heaven she was doing the right thing, and then she came back up out of the water. It was an awesome experience!
Also, Andrey came to visit again!!! He and Cleusa came down to see us again and it was soo awesome! He made us some drinks called Caipizero, some lemon lime drink with some groselha syrup and they also brought us lunch! Then they went and taught Mariana with us before her baptism! It was one of the funnest days of my mission! That's about it for the week! I love you all!
Love Elder Quinn

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