Today was such a sweet day!! We had hands down THE best testimony meeting I've been to my whole mission, probably my whole life. There was so many great testimonies, starting off with the Stake Presidents. Then 2 of our Recent Converts in the ward, Sam who just got baptized 3 weeks ago, and Hannah who just got baptized a month and half ago, got up and both gave SUPER powerful testimonies about how learning the gospel, being baptized, and being members of the Church has helped them realize their divine worth and how much Heavenly Father loves them. They both expressed so much gratitude for the missionaries and the members in their lives I felt once again the Spirit saying that there are so many people out there looking for the gospel, praying for it. It's all of our duties to bring it to them.
This week I was humbled and awestruck at the success we were able to have. At the beginning of the week Elder Devenport and I kind of felt like we were white washing the area (Since Elder Lords and I were out of town basically the whole transfer before and had only had 4 full days in our area). We had recently baptized all of our progressing investigators and were kind of starting over fresh. So we studied Ch. 9 of Preach my Gospel "Having the faith to find". Went out to work and put our trust in the Lord that there was prepared souls. And were super blessed with so many people who wanted to hear the gospel. Our teaching pool went from 8 people on Tuesday to 23 people now! A few were able to come to church and we're super excited for what these upcoming weeks are going to bring!
We also taught the Gospel Principles class today since our Ward Mission Leader was out of town. The lesson was on Fasting and even though there was only about 8 people in the class it was awesome. It was especially cool because we are fasting today with one of our investigators Jiovan. He is visiting his family (the coolest member family in the world the McPherson's) from Jamaica and goes home next Friday. He's come to church the last 5 weeks and is thinking about being baptized before he goes back to Jamaica but was struggling with the decision. He was in the class today and made some awesome comments about fasting, so we'll find out tonight what his answer is!
I didn't take any pictures this week but here's a few from some of the Zone Training Meetings we went to last week that people with other cameras emailed me :) And the departing missionaries when we all stayed in a members home in Nauvoo after the pageant.