Family and Friends,
The baptism that was suppose to happen this
coming Saturday is not going to happen. The young man who felt the
spirit so strongly and was so ready to take this step decided that he
doesn't want to risk having his allowance taken away so he just wants to
have bible study with us. But the reason I used that subject title is
because the first thing he told us was that he prayed to have a dream
and remember it in the morning and it didn't happen so this must not be
true. But he already had his answer, he told us he did before. Elder
Jeffery R Holland advises us not to doubt the answers we have received
from heaven when life gets hard. I hope that each of you will always
remember that. Sometimes our memories act like a shrinky dink when
sitting in the oven to long. They shrink and contort. And sometimes
they begin to mean less and less as time goes by. Like in 3 nephi when
the people forgot the signs, or they decided they couldn't really mean
what they thought they meant. Don't be fooled by that trickster. That
father of ALL lies. You make sure to remember and write down
those answers and impressions you receive. The more you write them down
the more you will recognize and receive them. Be watchful.
Now that I have gotten the sad issue out of the way let me tell you
about the Roque family. They are so amazing and very excited for their
baptism on the 20th. We are excited for them too. We have seen how
they are changing and love watching them gain these beautiful new
testimonies. It is incredible! I believe this is a family of
finishers, and that is what God needs. "Finishers Wanted" (Look it
up. It is by President Monson and it kept me moving this week. You can
bet your little Christmas cookies I am going to be a finisher.)
We missed being tour guides at the temple because I got sick. I
have been sick my whole stay, but sometimes it is worse than others. It
was sad because I love temple tour and we were going to be at the
temple recommend station and I firmly believe that worthily holding a
temple recommend is one way of knowing you are on the right path.
Yesterday I wore my red dress and got my happy birthday wishes
again, but the best part was when we were walking to catch a jeep and
this kid on a bike speed up really fast and as he road past he slowed
down and yelled, "SEXY LAAAAAAAADDDDDDDAY!" I laugh so hard, but I had
to include this, number one, because it was so funny and, number two, let it
be known that I got called sexy....me or Sister de la Cruz. She is
pretty cute. Maybe he has a huge crush on her. oh well, a girl can
TAPOS! On one of our visits this week we met the brother to one
of our less actives and he has downs syndrome. And he keep touching my
hair during the lesson, but I was trying so hard to focus. Then he
would start talking to me so I did what Sister de la Cruz did ,"Shhhh.
mamaya." Just fine right? WRONG! Turning out he was asking me if I
would go on a date with him to SM(mall) and I told him to shhh and
later. And I was only told after we left. Oh dear. Then on Sunday
when they made me sit on the stand and bear my testimony he came up and
started playing with my hair. I told him to stop and go sit down, but
he wouldn't listen to me, the 2nd counselor had to help me. This boy is
a sweetheart, but it interrupted the meeting and I felt bad.
I implore you all to read the talk "The Purifying Power of the
Atonement" Even if you have read it before. Read it again. Study it.
Soak in its goodness. You will be glad you did.
Have a great week and everybody work hard!
Sister Brittany Nichole Newman