Mom and Dad!!! Congrats on the mission call. Like you both told me, I too believe that this assignment is inspired by God. There are missionaries there who need you. And it seems that California needs you both! The mission call only changed cities, not states. What a blessing it is that we will have you both close to us. I know that we all would have accepted your call if it was to a different country, but there is a reason that you are staying in the United States. The Lord knows that reason. Also, you both will have to start learning a bit a Spanish! What a day that will be when about half of the Weidman Family will be able to speak Spanish to each other. Like you always tell me, right now is a exciting time for missionary work. It is no coincedence that you will be Mission President and Wife.
This week has been great, especially with our investigator C. We had a lesson with her everyday, and everyday she always surprised us. She reads our assignments every night, and not only reads, but meditates and understands what she is learning. During our lessons, we don't teach her. She teachs us. Her testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ has grown tremendously! During one lesson, she told us of a problem she had. It was actually the first problem that she has had. All her life she has grown up worshipping The Virgin Mary and she wondered what our view on that was. We bore testimony that Mary was a wonderful women who sacrificed much for Christ, but that the real one we should worship is Jesus Christ. He sacrificed His life so that we could return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. And then C amazed us again. She said "That totally makes sense. Without His Atonement, we would not be able to acheive anything. It will be hard to stop worshipping Mary, but I know that God will help me." Just like that she stopped. She also did the same thing with coffee. She has a strong testimony of Joseph Smith therefore she truly believes that the Word of Wisdom is direct revelation from God. She had no problem leaving coffee behind. Since she is 16 years old, we left her with For the Strength of Youth. She read the whole pamphlet in one night!! I don't have sufficient words to describe how prepared she is! But there has to be a trial in all things.... C's mom doesn't approve of her baptism. She says that it is too early and that C doesn't know enough about the church. We respect her mom's worries, and have encouraged C to pray for help and support. She had her baptismal interview yesterday and the only problem is that her mom needs to sign a sheet before her baptism. I truly believe that, with faith, her mother's heart can change. C's testimony is amazing and can help her mom understand this amazing step that she is making in her life. We pray that C will be able to be baptized this coming Sunday.
We are preparing Limari for sisters. It's sad to know that I will be leaving here, but I will go where the Lord sends me. 4 sisters will be sent here so Elder Crist and I have to divide the area into 2 different sectors, and then organize the information of each side. We have a lot of work ahead of us this week, but it's really exciting to do it! President Kahnlein upgraded the Standard of Excellence this week. The goals are very high, but it gives us determination to work 100% everyday. Our faith will be tested, and I believe that as long as we give our all, Heavenly Father will be proud of His servants. Next week's P Day is on Tuesday and by that time I will be in my new area. I still have no idea what will happen, but I am excited to find out.
I love and pray for all you!