Monday, September 21, 2015

Well, this is it - the last E-mail..........

September 21, 2015

Well, this is it. The last email that I will be sending to you as a full time missionary. This week has been really good, we've been working like crazy, and really, just having a lot of fun finding, and teaching. We had kind of a letdown, because the girl who was going to get baptized wasn't able to get baptized, but we're going to see if she can this week. But, other than that, we've been having a great time, working a lot with the members and stuff. We have an eating visit for every single day this week. It's pretty neat. It’s been pretty neat to see how the members love and appreciate the missionaries.

So, yesterday in church, the topic was the Atonement, and it was an amazing sacrament meeting. I really gained a deeper appreciation for the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the plan He put in place. We also studied a bit about the fall, and it confused me a bit. I have so much to learn. Why did God give two commandments that were contrary to each other?  It doesn't make sense to me. But, as it said in the scriptures, God is wiser than us, and so it's His plan, and I just have to go along with it.

Well....that's really it I guess. I hope you all have a good week!

Love, Elder Dixon

Monday, September 14, 2015

It was a cold baptism :)

This week was really good, mainly because we had a baptism! It was incredible! The girls name is Andrea, and she actually contacted us in the street, saying she wanted to be a part of the church, and that she already believed in the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith and everything , so that was kinda a shock, but then she explained that her family in Murcia are members, and shed taken the lessons for a bit while she was there. So, we set a date with her, got her to church a few times, and she ended up announcing her baptism to everybody in the ward. She even got up on fast Sunday to bear her testimony, and she was so ready to be baptized, she didn't let anything get in her way, not even the fact that none of her family could make it. ( a neat little miracle side not is that her aunt and uncle from Murcia came up to support her as a surprise). Well, the funny part of the whole thing was that since satan couldn't stop her from coming to the church at the time to get baptized, he tried instead to make it so we couldn't fill the font. There's a door you have to open to turn on the water, and the night before we realized that our key couldn't open it. So then we asked bishop, and that's when he let us know that his key didn't work either. So, we went to the church at 10, to try and find a key that worked...but since we couldn't find one, bishop literally ended up just breaking the door down, popping off the hinges, and prying it open with a fork and spoon, all only about a hour before the baptism. But wait, it gets better. We then turn on the water, or at leashed tried to, but the water heaters wouldn't work, so bishop pulled those apart too, and in the process, one of them blew up in his face. It was kinda funny because he came stumbling out of the room followed by a big flame, and then he just looked at us and gave us a bow and a huge smile, and turned around and whent back to work. Fortunately he wasn't hurt at all, but the heater probably won't ever work again. So it was a cold baptism. But, with all of that, it was still absolute amazing. So many people showed up, and we had such a good sprint the whole time. It was incredible! Then, yesterday after church, we asked her how she felt, and she just couldn't say or do anything but smile. That's really what I like about being a missionary. The smiles I get to see when people come closer to God and Jesus Christ. It's been such a great week. I hope you all have a good one too.


Elder Dixon

Monday, September 7, 2015

Her mom won't let her be baptized........

September 7, 2015

This week was a really great week, and we received a lot of blessings, but I want to share with you just one. We've been working with a girl for a long time, and she's completely read the Book of Mormon, has a testimony of everything, and really wants to be baptized. The only problem is that she's only 15 and her mom won't let her be baptized until she sees some sort of change to tell her that her daughter is "ready". The confusing bit is that her mom loves us, and actually gets mad at us if we don't go over to their house for a few days The whole family is amazing, and so this past week while we were on intercambios we went over. We had a great visit, where we talked about and showed the video from president Uchtdorf about living below our privileges. So of course the subject of baptism came up, and we were talking again about how the mom just doesn't think her daughter is ready, and my zone leader just kinda stopped, and said, "to tell you the truth, I think your daughter is ready". Then she asked who he was to say that, and he replied that he was the one who actually would have the final word. She was so surprised, because I don't think she realized that an 18 year old kid could be the one to say if somebody was prepared or not. So then he asked her if she would let him conduct a baptismal interview for her daughter, and then if he found her ready, if she would let her be baptized. The mom just looked at me and just said, "I wish I could see the look on Elder Stations face when I say yes."  Well, I’m pretty sure the look on my face, and on her daughters was enough. It was a huge miracle, and I know that the Lord really does inspire us in this work, and does inspire our leaders as well. The mission truly is incredible. On top of that experience, we had a great zone conference, and just had a blast all around.

I hope you all have a good week as well!


Elder Dixon