Last Two In Newton ... (Days and Baptisms)
So much happened this week it's hard to believe that it was just seven days! We definitely received some huge miracles from Heavenly Father this last week. He helped us out so much with preparing Shea and Dakota for baptism! Hermana Siegfried and I really had to rely on the Spirit for inspiration on how to teach those kids because they have to shortest attention span ever. But the Holy Ghost has really done a wonder with those kids. They have grown so much since we started preparing them for baptism and I am blown away every time we see them at how fast and how much they are learning. Their baptism was wonderful and I am so grateful that I got to be apart of this whole experience and that I got to see them baptized before I left Newton.
That's right I'm leaving Newton but that's a story for later. Other than preparing the Kids for their baptism Hermana Seigfried and I worked really hard everyday. On Thursday we did exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders and I got to go to Maize again. It is a really nice area of Wichita and I've decided that I would definitely rather serve in a "not so nice" area like Newton any day! So the weekend was pretty much straight service for all of the missionaries here in Newton, which was awesome! On Friday we helped move the Owens family move into their new house and we did that for five hours. Then on Saturday after the baptism we helped the Ellsworth Family butcher some of their older chickens, fun but a tad on the gross side. Then after that we went back over to the Owens and helped them finish moving for another two hours. So we were definitely sore by the time Sunday rolled around.
These last three months here in the KWM we've been working really hard on increasing our faith that we will baptize. Every month we've had a mission baptismal goal and every missionary in every prayer has prayed for this goal. Let me tell you we have been seeing miracles month after month! In June our goal was 50 and we got 41 baptisms (the mission had never baptized 40 people before and it had been the monthly baptismal goal for the last year)! Then in July our goal was 75 and we got 50! And then this last month our goal for August was 65 and we got 61 BAPTISMS!!!!!!! When I first got here in March the mission wasn't even getting 20 baptisms a month! We have grown so much in these last few months! Faith can move mountains and I know that this is a baptizing mission and as we continue to work harder everyday we will meet our goal for the end of the year to be having a 100 baptisms a month!
So as previously stated I'll be leaving Newton this week. My new area is... drum roll please.... Garden City Kansas. Garden City is about four hours west of Wichita Kansas. It's also considered part of the promised land of this mission (all of the Spanish missionaries consider the west the promised land because there are so many Hispanics out there! :D ). I've heard about Garden City my whole mission because Hermana Weadon, Hermana Fernandez's trainer) went out to Garden when I came to Newton. And then Hermana Seigfried just came from Garden City! Oh and get this Hermana Weadon is going to be my new companion. Yep that's right, I have yet to serve with a sister that is not part of my mission family. (Quick run down on my Mission genealogy: Hermana Weadon= My grandma, Hermana Fernandez= My mom, Hermana Segfried= My Aunt) I'm super exciting to be going to Garden City and I think it's super ironic and funny that I'll get to serve with the Sister that trained my other two companions! I have loved everyday here in Newton and I'm sad to leave the members and investigators behind but I know that great things are going to continue to happen here with Hermana Seigfried and Hermana Hunter (Hermana Segfried's new companion)!
Love you all and I hope you all have a wonderful week! Keep the faith and shine on!
Baptism of Shea and Dakota. Me, Shea, Elder Carlson, Dakota, Hermana Seigfried
Spanish Members and Missionaries