Monday, February 4, 2013

We just saw Manatees!

Hello everyone! This email is late and it might be short but we just got back from Blue Springs where we saw cute Manatees! There was even a new baby that was born on Friday. 

This week was wonderful! Jan got baptized (see attached picture). It was sweet. She was so excited and nervous. On Friday we met with her and she asked what could she do to prepare herself for Saturday we suggested reading 3 Nephi 11-28 (Where Christ came to the American continents and taught the people) she thought that was a perfect idea! She was so excited she read pretty much the whole Book of Mormon! She is really good at switching back from the Bible and the BOM and seeing how they connect. She is amazing. On Saturday we are taking her on a temple tour. We are waiting fro "Jesus the Christ" by Elder Talamage to come in. We bought her it and we know she will just love it. 
At her baptism Sister Michelle Roberts (the one in the picture) gave the talk on Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost and one thing she said that I loved was, "Baptism is an irrevocable commandment" I love the word "irrevocable" For those who don't know the definition it is, "not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final:" So we need to be baptized by the authority of Jesus Christ in order to return to our Heavenly Father. She referenced John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." What a simple way. We are born into families and we gain a physical body and we then are baptized and get a spiritual body. super cool! Sister Roberts whole talk was so spiritual and I defiantly felt the Spirit. We know the Spirit is there when we are taught something. The Holy Ghost is the true teacher, we just need to get out of the way!

We alsot taught Matha (the wife of the family we taught) and she accepted a baptism date for March 2nd. We are really excited. This week we will be preparing for Denie's baptism. 

I got to talk to Sister Kerns this week! She called with a question. She is doing amazing! She is rocking it. And later I got to call Sister Staley. On Friday we were biking home for dinner and this guy stopped us to give us a referral for the College Park Area! He had just returned from his mission. He was way cool. When we asked him how being home is he said, "There is nothing to look forward to." hahaha. I think missionaries miss the structure and we have a purpose out here. We know exactly what we need to do and how to do it. Luckily I am not stressing about it all. At least not too much. (:

Our mail fast went well. I got so many letters this week! It was cool, and even from people I didn't expect. So I will write back soon! Promise! It really was hard but rewarding. 

I hope yall have a great week! Love you! LOOK FOR THE MIRACLES AND TENDER MERCIES OF THE LORD!

love always,
Sister Ploth. 

pic 1: Jan's baptism
pic 2: TODAY at the Manatees!

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