Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Letter #32 (April 28, 2014)

Oh my goodness. The happiness that comes from being an instrument in the Lord's hands to help guide someone to the waters of baptism is completely indescribable. When Sister Child and I led him to the room where his baptismal interview would be, we felt like proud parents sending their kid off to their first day of kindergarten. He was SO nervous. He was afraid that he would answer something wrong. He studied the baptismal interview questions all week! But of course he passed. 

James is seriously the sweetest little old man ever. He is 75 but still works doing custodial work at the local college. He is pretty quiet and unassuming most of the time, but he can be SO funny! So listen to this: he had to be baptized twice because his foot came up the first time. So after the baptism was all over, he was talking to us and said "they had to double-dip me for all of my sins!" It was the cutest/funniest thing ever! He told us that he just felt so clean and like a huge burden had lifted off of his shoulders. He also told us that he has noticed that he is a lot happier/social/more confident than he was before. Seeing the change that the gospel makes in people's lives really is such a miraculous thing to see. I sang I Come to Him at the baptism and was having a hard time not just grinning through the entire thing. So I just smiled like an idiot before I started singing and then once I finished.

Anyway. The rest of the week was pretty much just nurse stuff. Poor Sister Child has gotten SO many texts/calls this week, it's ridiculous! So we didn't get to do a whole lot. We did get a really cool referral though! So we get a call from a sister (Sister Barnes) in the ward that neither of us really know. She said that she just got a really interesting phone call. One of the sisters that she visit teaches is totally inactive and will never meet with Sister Barnes. So this sister calls Sister Barnes and tells her that while she was going door-to-door (she's a real estate agent) she came across a lady that just seemed careworn. She said that she felt a prompting that this lady needed a visit, so she called her visiting teacher. And her visiting teacher in turn called us! So long story short, we got a referral from an inactive member of our ward.

So then we go to try to contact it and her street (ONLY her street!) is blocked off with cones and tape and everything! It was so funny! It made us think even more that she must be pretty promising. So the member that came with us just parked in the street over and we walked to her house. We have a lesson with her this Friday! 

That's pretty much it for this week. It was really slow, but oh so wonderful! I still can't believe that James got baptized yesterday! I was freaking out like Paige when she was getting ready to go to a Matchbox 20 concert. I'm still all fluttery inside! It's kind of bittersweet though because now I don't have James' lessons to look forward to! The ward is taking care of his follow-up lessons. It was sweet, James asked if he would still see us and we told him that we'd still see him at church and that we'll stop by every so often, but we won't have a regular appointment with him. He was so disappointed! He said that he always looked forward to us coming over. I always looked forward to teaching him too! He really is the definition of a golden investigator. He has been being prepared for 75 years. People kept congratulating Sister Child and I and we just kept saying over and over that it wasn't us. It was all Heavenly Father, we were just lucky enough to be the instruments that He used to guide James to the waters of baptism. I am so incredibly grateful that I had that opportunity. 

I love and miss you all!

~Sister Kretchman

Ps- Sister Child just looked at the weather for the rest of the week. It's supposed to be 105 degrees on Friday! NASTY.

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