Dearest family and friends,
I can't believe it's already been another week! There are only two weeks left of this transfer and I'm amazed at how fast it goes by. How have I already been a missionary for seven months? How am I almost 20 years old? I may or may not be freaking out. Our time is so short! We need to use it wisely!
So many miracles have happened this week! The biggest was most definitely Masaru's baptism! He asked Elder McFadden, half of the best senior couple ever to serve in Melbourne, to baptize him, and his friend Angeal to do the confirmation. Angeal is Vietnamese but he speaks a little Japanese because he watches a lot of anime (go figure). But at Masaru's baptism, he gave an entire talk in Japanese! His Japanese has gotten better as he has helped us teach Masaru, and Masaru's English has improved immensely as well. Heavenly Father truly blesses His children with the gift of tongues, especially when it can help bring His children home. Masaru said the most wonderful prayer thanking Heavenly Father that he could be baptized. He has grown so much since we've met him! The atonement is amazing!
Four of our Persian friends came to church on Sunday! It was so amazing to see these humble men all coming to learn about Jesus Christ. On Saturday, we watched a video about the Restoration and the First Vision with them, and after it was over they all said, "Again!" We were able to set a baptismal date with three of them for November 1st. They are such a miracle.
We had an interesting experience with Bhadra, our Nepalese investigator, this week. We have taught him quite a few times and set a baptismal date for November 8th, after he gets back from a trip home to Nepal. He came to church an hour early just to tell us that he got baptized on Thursday in another church, then he left for an hour, then he came back for sacrament meeting. Hmm. We're a little confused. Hopefully the more we teach him about priesthood power and the Restoration he will see the need for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and understand its importance.
I love being a missionary so very much! It has been such a time of change for me and I love who the Lord is shaping me into. I am so blessed.
Thank you for all your prayers and support!
xoxo Sister Larsen