It's been a good week!
First, I had a couple of people ask me about Lillian. She is sure something special! When we went back to teach her she wasn't home. That was a little bit discouraging, but the member, Pops, who was with us gave us some really good advice. He said that he was pretty sure that most of the bad days and hard times that we're given are to test our faith. They're not always because these people don't want to talk with us, it's just so Heavenly Father can check and see if we'll keep pushing through. But it was still pretty sad that she wasn't home. Last night we also had a really great new investigator cancel on us and we decided to then walk off the two dinners that we had and walked to Lillian's house. She opened the door and quickly invited us inside, which we weren't quite expecting. We had decided just to teach her about the basics of what the Book of Mormon is and to read through the introduction. As we began, we noticed ways that we were able to apply the points of the Restoration. We taught her the entire Restoration as we read through the introduction and as we finished she said "I'm going to have to pray about this." Before we even invited her to! We testified that we knew that Heavenly Father would answer her prayer and that He would tell her that the Book of Mormon is true. She's unfortunately going out of town and we won't see her for a while, but she is just an incredible woman and I love her to death!
Sister Ashcraft and I have also been trying really hard to apply the idea of talking to EVERYONE. And we've been doing a lot better. Sometimes it's so intimidating to just go up to large groups of people on the street and start a conversation, but it's brought us miracles this week. One instance in particular we were stopping by the house of a new ward member and we saw a group of teenage girls and both felt like we needed to talk to them. We went over and showed them Because He Lives and they all LOVED it. And they asked us to sing them a song, so we picked I Stand All Amazed, and when we asked if we could come back they all said yes and told us to come back the next day!! We're really excited to see how meeting with them goes.
We were also lucky enough to be a part of the baptism of our little Juliet Belmonte. Juliet is an adorable 10 year old girl. Her mom is a member and her step dad and 8 year old twin siblings got baptized in March and she wasn't ready so we've been teaching her and yesterday was such a special day as we were able to watch her make these special covenants with Heavenly Father. She was radiating as she came up out of that font! Something not so fun - Sister Ashcraft and I were cleaning out the font before the service and something about Delaware is that there are TONS of bugs. Tons of HUGE bugs. And there are these creepy crawly bugs that are called Silverfish and just count your lucky stars that they're not in Utah because they are the worst things you'll ever see. Don't worry, I'll add a picture. But there was a silverfish about 4 inches long in the font and trying to get it out was terrifying. That's all, but the service was wonderful and Juliet is baptized and she's a member of the church now!!
My testimony of this gospel has grown so much since I've come out on my mission. I am so grateful for the trust that Heavenly Father has placed in me. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that by reading it we can come to know the Savior so well. I know that as we follow his example we can be forgiven of all of our sins and shortcomings and I know that this is his work.
I love you all!
Sister Rachel Petrick