Elder Nathan Hubert's Mission Blog

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ROSA era BAUTIZADO!!! Y tambien tuvimos Conferencia de Estaca... Ytambien tenemos translados!

Translation of the subject line:  ROSA was baptized!  And also we had Stake Conference...  And also we have transfers!

Like I said in the subject line everybody, our baptismal service with Rosa on Saturday was a success!  But for now, just read on and you will get to Saturday where I'll talk about it more...  ;)

Tuesday was a very bitter sweet day.  It was an incredible day as far as the work and everything is concerned, but we also had to have our last District Meeting with our current district, and we are all best friends, so it was difficult to say goodbye.  It has been a really good 3 months all serving together and helping the work in Waukesha move onward.  But that was a tough section of the week.  It was really amazing how we ended the meeting - we each bore our testimonies about the Savior in light of the Easter season.  The Spirit was so strong and I was just so thankful to be surrounded by such powerful people.  After the meeting, we had a lesson with Rosa at the library once again.  We discussed her scripture reading and of course, baptism.  We read a chapter in the Book of Mormon - Alma 37, focusing on verses 36 and 44 as a part of our lesson.  She is so excited to enter those waters and be numbered among Christ's people.  We were so excited for her.  :)  Then after that, we took a bus to go to a less-active's house, Maria, and met her son Juan as well.  We set a new lesson with them to go over the Atonement of Christ and are making plans to play soccer with Juan and his friends as a finding method - wish us luck!

Wednesday started out with a splendid morning.  We had breakfast with Rosa early in the morning and as we were walking to her house, we met a Baptist Minister with whom we began to discuss 'the word.'  We talked about God and Jesus, and he kept on quoting Proverbs 16 and some Psalms, and then he noticed the Book of Mormon in my hand and said "I know that book backwards..."  So I looked at him and said "Yes, but do you know it forwards, too?"  But after discussing our doctrine for a bit, we said a prayer and went to Rosa's house.  We had our lesson over some incredible food, and later went home for our studies.  After that, we got picked up by the English Elders to go out to lunch with some men in the ward as a 'goodbye meal' for those of us who were getting transferred (Elder Schvaneveldt and Elder Wiscombe).  We then went to our service at the Food Pantry for 2 hours, followed by some visits with Lorena and Jorge, Blanca and Candy - none of who were home.  Hopefully we'll be able to make contact with these people soon though!

Thursday we had service for 2 hours at the Hope Center, which was cool.  There was another volunteer there with us, Alex, who was a student at a nearby University.  She had never talked to Mormons before, so being missionaries, we of course answered all of her questions and told her about what we believe.  It was really cool!  But that service was followed by none other than Weekly Planning.  I was given the responsibility to take charge in this weekly planning session because Elder Schvaneveldt was leaving the area and I was going to be the one to take it over.  After our session, we had dinner and then a lesson with Alisia and Devon, accompanied by brother Neumann.  We taught them a lesson out of the Illustruated Book of Mormon - Ammon and the arms and the 2000 Stripling Warriors.  They were really into it because it was all about fighting and the boys are aged 10 and 3.

On Friday, we did a lot of contacting.  After our regular morning routine, we went to Kensington - a distant street on the outskirts of Waukesha - and contacted a less-active named Jerry Hempstead and invited him to Stake Conference.  Then, we went up to Pewaukee and tracted for a few hours, and came out of it with 2 new investigators, each with a new set lesson.  Then, we made plans for Rosa's baptism, including who was representing the bishopric and who was speaking, who was bringing treats, and anything else we needed to do.  :)

Saturday was such an amazing day.  Yes, Rosa was baptized, but rather than having it be considered a big day for us as a companionship in gaining a baptism, it was much greater to see Rosa and the changes that she has wrought in her life to be able to be numbered among the Saints.  She truly has been converted and has such a powerful testimony.  Just to see her light shine so much brighter now than it did even when I got to the area, is such a blessing to me.  :)  Elder Schvaneveldt was able to baptize her with the English elders witnessing, and I was able to sing "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" as a musical number for her special request.  The talks were great, and the Spirit was better.  :)  After the baptism, we were taken out to lunch by some members, and then made up our studies with the extra time we had between that and when we had to get picked up for Stake Conference - which was all about Missionary Work and was really cool, as well.  :)  Saturday night we got a call from President Cutler, at first asking about the baptism this morning.  Then, he told us what was going to be happening with us for transfers this week.  He told me that I was going to be made Senior Companion to an Elder Wise who is an English missionary coming to a Spanish area.  So, this should be fun!

Sunday was Easter!  Stake Conference was all about the Atonement, and it was really great to be able to hear all of the various testimonies.  Rosa was not able to attend due to a miscommunication, but she will be attending church next week to be confirmed in Sacrament Meeting.  After conference, we had dinner with the Lovelace family - super nice couple.  She calls us her "Elder-sons," because all of her children are moved out.  She totally spoils us, too, feeding us super well with the most delicious food on the face of the planet.  :)  I love them!

But this week truly was incredible.  I have loved the various testimonies on the Atonement that I have heard and borne.  I love Him so much, and He loves all of us, too.  I know that.  I hope Easter was equally great for all of you.  :)  May peace be with you this day, and always...  ;)

--Elder Nate Hubert

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