This week we took a high school boy, named Trevor, with us to the last lesson with Ryan (a 16 year old who is really yearning for something spiritual in his life) and they really hit it off. Ryan asked us what it took to be baptized on his birthday (Feb 12) in that lesson! We are so excited for him. Ryan then came to church! He woke up on his own, made himself French toast, and came to church. Durning church he followed the youth and he loved it. He listened, he sang the songs the best he could, and he felt the spirit. By the end of church, he was a new kid. He lit up, he was so happy and he knew it was true.
Both Elder Campbell and I are grateful that we are not getting transferred this time. We are excited to continue serving in this area together. (Transfers happen every 6 weeks, but not all missionaries get moved that often. Elder Ruby and Elder Campbell have been in Santa Maria for 6 weeks and will be there at least another 6 weeks. Then they wait for the phone call again to see if they get transferred or not.)
I have seen how the gospel changes people. Those who are keeping the commandments of God have a light and a confidence about them (members and non-members). We can tell which members read the scriptures and pray every day. We have seen changes in Ed especially as he has come to Christ and has been obeying the Word of Wisdom. I think he can feel it too. I am reminded of Mosiah 2:41 "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."
We did 2 1/2 hours of service this week. I am hopeful we will get some more this week. We have some ideas in mind.