Well hello there strangers:]
It's just been another blessed week here in Montgomery Texas and I just feel super grateful to be out in the heat serving the Lord:]
CHERA HARBIN has been baptized!!! It was an absolutely incredible moment. I got to stand there and watch her husband Derek baptize and just seeing how happy they both were just made the whole experience so worthwhile! At the end of the program Chera had agree to sharing her testimony. She goes up and says ,"I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be saying up here"... and in my mind I'm thinking oh crap.. this is about to get buckwild... but then she continues to say ,"I know that this is where I'm supposed to be, I know that this church is true." BOOM! are you kidding me? My cheeks were killing from smiling so much! It was just such a good moment and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of it. Chera is a prime example of the atonement. To see the changes that have happened over the past 8 months is so incredible. I know that anyone can change with the help of our savior. Anyone.
I got to spend some time with my best friend Sista Combs again:] Haha . . . I literally have never felt as close to someone as I do with her. She is just simply my best friend and I can completely be myself around her. Haha . . . I can't even say how dang excited I am for the adventures that we will have once we get off our missions. She is #1.
After church yesterday we had an incredible teaching moment. Awhile back we were having dinner with one of our members and their inactive son had a bunch of friends outside having a bonfire, Sister Bonner had gone out there to share a scripture with them and la la la fast forward... one of those friends came to our ward activity this past Wednesday! I was down in Conroe but Bonnie invited him to take the lessons. We show up Sunday and we weren't too sure if he was actually going to be there BUT he was!! As we went through the restoration (for the bazillionth time) there was an incredible spirit in the room. We asked him, "Why do you think this message that we share would be significant in your life?" His response: "Well.. if it's true, that would mean a lot to my eternal well being." NO WAY! What 21-year-old guy even says things like that? It was so smooth and just filled with the spirit. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes, that if he found it to be true he would:] OH HAPPY DAY:] It's interesting to me though that regardless of how many times we may teach the restoration, each time it will go a little differently, each time I learn something new, and each time my faith in the Savior is strengthened.
Heavenly Father is literally SO good all the time. We continually see his blessing being poured out in our work. I know that as we overcome our own personal fears the Lord will strengthen and bless us:] While I have never been so tired in my whole life I truly am so grateful for the opportunity of "enduring to the end." I can't even say how many times I think, "I should just sleep in today.. we should just take it easy." But nope. We don't have time for that. The work that you do today could make all the difference in eternity:] I know that that is true, it's what's keeping me going.
I love YOU ALL! Hope this week is just so full of great things that you don't even know what to do:]
Love, Sister Bowden