It has been another miraculous week here in Russellville! We had such a packed week that it seems like it flew by in a split second. To begin the week, we drove down to Birmingham for a meeting. That was a really fun trip because Elder Ruano and I both served in Birmingham together, so we were able to see some of the people we knew there. Later in the week, we had Zone Training, which is a meeting where the whole zone gets together and we go over recent training from President Hanks. It is always a great meeting and this particular one was really memorable.
However, the real miracle this week occurred on Friday night. While we were driving to our English class, we received a phone call. Recently, I spoke about a man who came back to church after not attending for nearly 40 years. He has only been an active member for a few weeks now, but he is extremely pumped about everything involving the church and has already become a major part of the ward. I think he is one of the most prepared individuals to ever become reactivated that I have ever seen. The reason I say this is because he called let us know about a neighbor of his that had just moved in. He evidently approached the neighbor and talked with her about the church. To make a long story short, he set up an appointment with her to meet at his house the next night to listen to the missionaries! How amazing is that! So we went over there the next evening and this woman was unbelievably prepared (by the member) for our message and for baptism. We extended a baptismal invitation and she accepted it! She will be baptized on the 24th of October!
The real miracle here is that this all started because a member wasn’t afraid to say “hello” to a new neighbor AND strike up a conversation about the church. I learned a great lesson from this experience and the example of this member. I need to feel comfortable discussing the church with others (whether I am on a mission or not) because I don’t know whom the Lord is preparing to hear the message of the “restored gospel.” We are very excited to see her continue to progress and work toward her baptismal date. I am so grateful to be placed in Russellville at this time and see all the miracles that are taking place here. I love and miss everyone back home and hope you have a wonderful week.