So fun to hear about your mega trek to Utah and California! Loved the pictures and seeing you all together! Does my heart some good.
It also does my heart some trauma when some guy I've never met comes up to me and calls me "Squirt." Thanks, Danny. :p (Katie's oldest brother Danny has always called her Squirt. His friend called him the other day while on the BYU-Idaho campus and said "I'm about 50 feet away from your missionary sister, want me to tell her anything?" Danny told him to yell hey Squirt to her and see what she does. He did, Katie looked at him in panic mode and asked if she knew him. He told her he was Danny's friend and he was currently talking to her brother on the phone. Katie let out a squeal and went back to work!)
Crazy things happened this week! There's just so much good happening!!
We found a new investigator! His name is Tyler, and his situation is pretty interesting... He remembers being baptized when he was 8 (and his family never went back to church, so he was less-active his whole life, basically), and he and his girlfriend recently moved into our stake, but they can't find his baptismal records anywhere. So they want us to baptized (rebaptize?) him! He doesn't really know a whole lot about the church since he didn't go all that much growing up, and he and his fiance (who are getting married this week! woo!) both have some Word of Wisdom problems, but they both want to get to the temple. We're going to help them every step of the way!
We also are going to start teaching this family! The mom and three kids are not members, but want to join the church! They're super busy with rodeo things now, but we're hoping to stop by regularly!
This guy named John called us Saturday morning and wanted to know more about the Church. He's been a performer all his life and has just roamed around with his pack and his music everywhere he goes. He's investigated all sorts of religions, and someone pointed him to Mormonism, so he made his way to the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors' Center who pointed him to us. We taught him on a bench outside the Rexburg temple about the Book of Mormon, gave him one, and answered some of his questions, and he's super prepared! This Gospel is exactly what he's been searching for his whole life! However, he said he's probably going to move on to somewhere else, so that was probably the only time we could teach him. But we know the Lord will continue to lead him where he needs to go to continue hearing the truth!
Skyler got baptized!!!! Wooooooo!!!! A ton of his family was there, and it was a wonderful service! He's such a sweetheart! Love that kid.
We found out the Kamryn (I think it's been a while since I've mentioned her--she's the 12 year-old girl with less-active parents that we've been helping. They've been coming to church as much as they've been able to lately!) will be baptized possibly this coming Saturday, but most likely the one after! Aaaahhh!! They're just wondering when her other sister is coming to visit, and they'll do it then!
Welecele is preparing for baptism for this saturday!! AAAAHHHHHH!!!
And now we come to Sunday. Every lesson but one fell through. So after our plans and our schedule is kind of in shambles, I said to Sister Barnett, "Either there's a lesson we need to learn or there's somewhere we really need to be right now." She responded, "Or something really great is about to happen."
Last night we got a really interesting call.
Katherine left a voicemail during the day that there was something she wanted to talk to us about. I don't think I've mentioned her for a few weeks either; she lives in California and her family doesn't really approve of her investigating the Church. Throughout our lessons, the last of which was in a coat closet because there were no spare rooms (no big deal), she has strengthened her resolve so much as to what she wants to do: be baptized. Seriously, she did all the work. The Spirit confirmed to her what was true. The past few times we've met with her, she's told us she's been going to the temple grounds to read scriptures regularly (oh my gosh!!) and that she wants to be baptized, it's only a matter of time. She's amazing. She's so strong! But yeah, the call.
After spamming her phone all day with texts and calls to try to reach her, she called us back last night after we got home to tell us that she's been thinking..... and she wants to be baptized before she goes home.
Cue silent screaming and dance party. She's getting baptized this saturday.
We've been so blessed lately, I feel like I don't deserve half of it! But even though I'm imperfect, I know that as long as I'm following the Gospel of Jesus Christ the best I possibly can--exercising faith, repenting, keeping my baptismal commitments, following the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and keeping the commandments-- I'm good enough. Compared to God, we are nothing, but TO God, we are everything. Just as long as we're striving to improve ourselves and make ourselves more like Christ each day, or, in essence, repenting every day, that's all He asks us. Our best. Nothing less, but nothing more. He will always love us for who we are, but He will always push us to be better also. And I want to be better.
I love you all so much! Read! Pray! Go to Church! It makes your life, here and hereafter, better.
Love, Sister Jacobson
1. More exchanges!
2. Skyler's baptism!
3. As per President Clarks request, me in a field. It's not potatoes, but it's agriculture.