Monday, May 26, 2014

So, Transfers happened! And I am super happy, we are both staying!!! (Me and Sister Cardoso). We are going to have two baptisms this transfer at least! Diomantino is marked for the 8th of June, and Kinita is marked for the same date! They are both truly amazing! Diomantino was already pre-prepared for the gospel. In our first lesson with him, he accepted everything. And everything made sense to him. But the part that was incredible was the part when we showed him the Book of Mormon. As soon as he saw the front of the book, his eyes lit up! He said that he has already seen this book before, and that as a matter-of-fact, he already has it. (Though he isn't sure where it got put). He told us how one day, he saw a book in the trash can, and as soon as he saw that it had the name of Christ on the front, he pulled it out and took it home. After that, he basically bore testimony of the Book of Mormon, and how it is a book that we all need. How it is a book of God, and that it clarifies the Bible for us. It was absolutely amazing! That has never happened to me before! Then we explained a little more about how it is that we have the Book of Mormon and such. But he has already got a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon. :) He will be an incredible member! And Kinita is also amazing! She has had the goal to stop smoking for quite some time. We actually had already met her in the home of an old investigator. But we found her knocking doors! She invited us in, and we talked with her about our message, and she told us of her desire to quit smoking. We told her that we have a perfect plan that will help her stop! We left the first pamphlet with her to read and marked another appt. to talk with her about this plan. When we saw her again, she told us that she had only smoked 3 cigarettes the day before, and that that day, only 2. She said that she received additional strength because of our message! She was so happy! :) We were so happy! Since then she has only smoked 2 cigarettes each day! Sorry this is getting long. But basically we are super happy! And we are seeing miracles! I can't even begin to explain how much I have changed since the start of my mission. Being a part of the Lord´s work is truly a huge blessing. I am so grateful that I have been blessed with this opportunity serve, and truly have a complete change of heart. I feel like I am seeing out of a new pair of eyes. Everything appears so differently to me than it used to just over a year ago. It is incredible. I would recommend to everyone to serve a mission. It truly is one of the greatest decisions that you can make. :) Anyways, I hope all is well at home. Stay strong and always remember to do the little things each day. And find ways to serve! Service is a selfish thing really, ;P Ha.we are blessed so much when we serve! Love you!
Love Always, 
Sister Amanda Stokes :)

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