October 31, 2016 {Week 72}: Happy Halloween

Hola fam and friends! Well this week was an absolutely crazy week and today was an absolutely crazy day. But as crazy as this week was, was it absolutely miraculous!!!

Last Thursday, like 10 days ago Thursday, Hermana Malo and I were doing our weekly planning as we do every Thursday. We were setting our goals for the coming week and as we were setting goals we remembered that our zone leaders had told us the zone’s goal for almas (baptisms & rescues) for the month of October was 30. And we looked at each other like…what are we gonna do, we have to contribute to this goal, we’ve only had one baptism this month and we need at least one more alma to help meet our zone goal. So with faith we set the goal of having one baptism and one confirmation the coming week…having no clue who would be ready for baptism and confirmation in just a week. But we did it with faith and Heavenly Father blessed us with a miracle! The following day we had a lesson with one of our investigators, Gianmarcos. We’ve known him for a while and we’ve known that he is super buenaso from the beginning but because he works and studies a la vez he doesn’t have a lot of time to meet with us. He is dating a girl in our ward, Nicole. Anyway so we had a lesson with him and it went sooooo well. The Spirit was sooooo strong that he cried, we invited him to baptism on the 29th of October, just one week away, and he accepted. He said the closing prayer and it was just amazing what we witnessed in him. He said, ‘Hermanas, the Lord has touched my heart tonight. I’m going to be baptized on the 29th.’ Saturday we had another really wonderful lesson, and on Sunday and Monday he didn’t have time to meet with us. His baptismal interview was scheduled for Thursday so Hermana Malo and I had to rush rush rush to get the lessons done before Thursday, meet with him every day, getting him ready for his interview. On Wednesday we were talking about repentance when we said that in his interview the next day he would be showing before the Lord and the Church that he has truly repented of his sins (as says in DyC 20:37) when he said…’Hermanas, is this like a confessional? I’ve already talked to the bishop about a few things, and he told me I wouldn’t have to think or talk about those things again. Are you telling me I have to talk to someone else again before I can get baptized?’ He was kind of upset about it but we calmed him down, shared our testimonies of the Atonement and of repentance, and afterwards we all bought ice cream together to help him feel better 🙂 the next day was his interview. He told us that he thought it would be hard talking to someone again about some things he has done/gone through, but that he actually felt like he needed to tell all and that he felt good about it. Friday we had a last lesson with him, and on Saturday was the baptism. When he shows up and says…Hermanas, I’m really sorry for the late notice, but I don’t be able to come to church tomorrow for my confirmation because of classes, and I won’t be able to come for a few more weeks until my classes end in December, is that okay? We were like…Gianmarcos, please tell us you’re kidding. So we talked to our district leader, who called our zone leaders, who called the assistants, who called President. Literally minutes before his baptism we weren’t even sure if he was gonna be able to get baptized. Hermana Malo and I stepped into an empty room and said a prayer, saying Heavenly Father if this is Thy will please bless us with a miracle and please let Gianmarcos get baptized tonight. If not…please give us and him the strength to accept whatever is Thy will. When we stepped back into the hallway…our district leader gave us a thumbs up and Gianmarcos was able to get baptized. The solution was that he got confirmed early Sunday morning before Sacrament meeting. So on Sunday morning we got up early and went to the chapel and were there for his confirmation. And in that blessing…I sat there thinking, ‘This moment just made my whole mission worth it.’ Hearing the blessing promised to him…hearing everything that the Lord has in store for him…a mission, a temple marriage…this is every missionary’s dream. Gianmarcos is a true convert, he and Nicole are going to get married in the temple, and he is going to do wonderful things in the gospel and in the church. Oh, the best part that I forgot to mention is that Nicole’s dad, Alfredo, baptized him. So special. Completing and creating families. I love missionary work.

There are so many more things I would love to say to you all but that’s all I have time for today. Thank you for your prayers, your support, encouragement, and love always!!!

Hermana Butikofer

A few of my friends

Halloween in Trujillo


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