I apologize for the late blog post. I have been sick a few days this week, so I didn't get to post Elder Ruby's letter until today. He gets transfer calls on Saturday. He is pretty sure he will not be in a tri-pan any more, but he doesn't know if he will get transferred or not. I will know more on Monday. Here is his email:
Stephanie's baptism was really special for everyone. The ward and her
family was so supportive. Her mother, Tonya, continues to "progress."
She is more open and curious every day. We are working with a really
awesome part-member family, the Bakers. Laura (member) has already told
us that she knows that this church is true. Her
husband, Todd, is so humble and kind. They have two boys, ages 8 and 9,
who live with them half the time. Laura and Todd told us that the boys
kept asking when we were coming back!
Having three opinions has been
something to get used to, and is difficult sometimes, but I have really
enjoyed being Elder Agle's and Elder Du Plessis's companion this
transfer. This assignment was definitely inspired because each of us
played very critical roles in helping Stephanie. She needed these two.
My testimony in being lead by the spirit as we find and
teach has grown. This week we had two neat experiences. One day we
stopped by a part-member's home, but they didn't answer. We felt
impressed to visit an active family down the street. We invited them to
the baptism. They had just gone to a Strawberry stand and picked up the
best strawberries in the world! They gave us some to take home. Before
we went home for lunch, we drove to a member, Sister Burns, who has a
less-active teenager. Long
story short, we felt impressed to give her those delicious strawberries
for the picnic they were having. We felt good to be the means of
answering a prayer and sacrificing something good (strawberries) for
something better (charity).
The second experience deals with Stephanie's mother. I fasted for
Stephanie's parents on Sunday, that they would feel the power of the
Holy Ghost and would know that what Stephanie was doing was good. That
morning I was impressed to study the Holy Ghost. I made a list of
scriptures from the Bible and Book of Mormon about the baptism of the
Holy Ghost. I had the idea to write, on a note card, scriptures that
may help answer Tonya's questions about the Holy Ghost. I did, and
after sacrament meeting, which both parents came to, I handed Tonya the
card. I told her that there were some scriptures from the Book of
Mormon on there and that she might have Stephanie read them to her. We
got a text from Stephanie this morning which said she had read the
scriptures with her mother and her mother was "very moved" by them,
especially Acts 8:12-17.