It’s not over yet! Ericka’s Baptism

La Familia y los amigos de la familia Russell,
Wow what a week! The area of Las Lomas is absolutely having crazy success right now guys. Elder Krommenhoek and I are absolutely baffled about all the potential that we are getting. It’s not even from our own efforts! It’s always been this way in my mission. If you work hard, and worry about others and not yourself, miracles come. We ended up having five people at church yesterday not including Ericka. It was so cool to see. I have a feeling that God truly does want Rio Grande to be a ward and he is progressing the work here. Tender mercy’s of the Lord are so cool and so amazing to receive a payback from the Lord after working diligently in his service.
The cherry on top of the week is that Ericka’s baptism happened. She had such a tough time deciding who she wanted to baptize her! I think she thought about it in total for three days and than finally decided it would be better for Elder Krommenhoek to do it because he’s still getting a hang of things with Spanish and she wanted her confirmation to be really special. Everything went really well. Elder Krommenhoek did a great job. She was like 15 minutes late though becuase a huge car crash happened right outside of our apartment. (We saw the wreckage after) It’s crazy all the little things that Satan can do to stop someone from getting baptized. Ericka gave us a little scare this week because she had started talking a lot about temples, and certain things (through the internet) she found out we did there. 90 percent of it you guys would have laughed at. We killed all the little doubts she had and she said she never doubted she just wanted us to know what others were saying! It’s crazy the things people come up with to stop God’s work and the church from progressing.
Next coolest thing that happened is we had a family history event this week! A member of the district pulled some strings and we were able to get 30 computers and about 8 people from mission Texas to come and teach people how to do the work. The turnout was unbelievable. We had a little over 50 people. (That’s more than average sacrament attendance here) We set up a printer and people had names printed and everything was going awesome. As a district, we started the initiative of baptizing and indexing a ward in the heavens. Meaning, that Heavenly Father always creates things spiritually before he creates them physically as we are taught in the Pearl of Great Price. So, we thought, if we can baptize that many people as a ward our Heavenly father will be that much more prone to help us out on this side of the veil. It’s going super good so far and we have seen success. Including a very cool new investigator named Geraldine who we are teaching!
That’s all for this week. Love you all a ton. About 30 days left and I will make every single one of them count.
Doctrine and Covenants Section 4 : Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
Elder Russell

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