Monday, February 8, 2016

The Lords Timing

Hi everybody!!

Okay so I can't even tell you all how amazing this week was!!
Cathy's baptism was this Saturday and it was the most spiritual
experience ever! I'll give you a little run down on Cathy-she has
lived next door to this awesome family in our ward (the Jensens) for
17 years. She has literally been taking the missionary lessons for 17
years! And this past year of 2015 she committed herself to come to
church for the whole year and really decide if it was true. She was the
number 1 family history indexer in the Sacramento stake and she wasn’t
even a member!! She has been paying her tithing, and faithfully been
coming to church for a year & she just barely decided to get baptized.
The baptism was amazing. So many people from the ward came and so
many of Cathy’s neighbors! It was a full house! I've never seen someone
so excited to be baptized. It was such an incredible thing to witness.
You could just feel Heavenly Fathers love for her and the sense of peace
that was in that room. It was such an amazing experience and one that I will
never forget!

The rest of the week was SO SLOW! Haha I can't even tell you, but our
little trio had a good discussion on the verse Alma 26:27, where it
says, "bear with patience thine afflictions and I will grant unto thee
success"  how so many times as missionaries we think of success as
something you can see and show off to people (aka like baptisms) but
like President Hunter said, "Visibility does not equate to value".

I'm just so grateful we got to see Cathy get baptized and make that step
to come closer to her Savior Jesus Christ. I wish I could explain to
all of you how strong the spirit was in that room. President Jardine
came to the baptism and committed Cathy to bear her testimony in church
the next day and she agreed. So yesterday Cathy got up after her
confirmation and bore the most powerful testimony!! Although I've only
known Cathy for a few weeks, it strengthened my testimony of why I am
here on a mission. To see that mighty change of heart in someone and
help them come closer to Christ. It also helped me realize that the
Lord's timing is not always our timing! 17 years of missionaries!!
That we don't always see the big picture. But Heavenly Father loves
all of his children and some it takes longer than others:)

Anywhoo hope you all have a wonderful week & CTR!!

Love, Sister Sobotka

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