HELLO EVERYONE I AM SO HAPPY!!!
GREAT news!!!!! Remember Alyssa? The girl who came to church on Sunday here in Iola? Well she is gettin’ dunked! Lemme give you the run down.
So Alyssa is 18 and was just adopted into an LDS family in Colorado. She’s got a pretty crazy upbringing but has a lot of faith. Like I mentioned, she came to Iola on a soccer scholarship and she wanted to learn more about what her adopted family believed. Her FIRST SUNDAY at church EVER was our first Sunday in Iola. The Lord is so aware!! This week, we taught her the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. We had planned to invite her to be baptized in our second lesson about the Plan of Salvation. Sister Holt and I roleplayed the invite during our comp study and we were so ready to go. During our lesson, we read Alma 7:11-16 and replaced the pronouns with the name Alyssa. The Spirit was SO STRONG. I mentioned that the first step in her personal Plan of Salvation was to be baptized. I paused and looked to Sister Holt for the invitation. I wanted her to be the one to do it! She was way nervous, but eventually, she asked Alyssa, “Will you be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God?” With tears in her eyes, Alyssa said YES!!!!
Something I really love is hearing how investigators describe the way they feel the Spirit. Alyssa said that although she was raised baptist and that this was all really new to her, it just “feels right, it feels familiar.” She also went on to explain that it feels like in the middle of the night how you flip your pillow over to the cool side…just very refreshing. Hahaha she is so sweet. Her adopted mom wants to be here for her baptism so the date is TBA but I am SO HAPPY. So proud of my baby Holt, too!!!
We got permission from Pres Love to go to Alyssa’s soccer game on Saturday and bring some fellowship with us. She also came to church again and dinner with us Sunday night at a member’s home. Alyssa is receiving a lot of negativity from some of her biological family members, but it has been amazing to see her push through it all and keep her testimony. ALSO super cool, we causally mentioned her transferring to BYU (she’s not the biggest fan of Iola hahaha) but then she told us a few hours later that she reached out to some soccer coaches at BYU! WOOOOO my dream is still to go to college with one of my RC’s. But ya! Keep praying for Alyssa :))
ALSOOO, my sweet lil friend Bella Stafford is getting baptized on Saturday!!! President Love is the greatest because he gave me permission to make the 2.5 hour trek to be there! ❤️️❤️️❤️️ my heart is so happy! Can’t wait to see allllll my fav Doniphan people!
We are slowly getting used to living in a small town. Sister Holt and I have had some interesting experiences walking around the town square in Iola and Chanute hahaha. Something I do love is that we see the same people ALL THE TIME so it’s easy to get to know the community! Everyone knows everyone! We actually volunteer once a week at a place called Thrive. It’s a non profit organization located on our town square and they basically try to promote healthy living in Iola. It’s so fun to get involved with the community and at the same time, change the perception of Mormon missionaries.
This place is so small, however, that people race against the speedometer radar box on the side of the road for fun to see how fast they are running hahaha #justiolathings.
I still really miss Liberty and the Jail and the luxury of being around other missionaries, but I’ve grown so much in the last couple weeks and I know that the Lord needs me here for some reason. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but Sister Holt and I have been puttin in WORK regardless. A scripture that helped me this week I found in D&C 6:34 and 36:
“…Fear not, little flock; do good. if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail…Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.”
Love you guys! Till next week!