#21 New Year, Christmas Miracle & Baptisms

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

week-21-2All you loved ones out there, I hope that you had a wonderful 2016 and are ready for the adventures of 2017.  It is so great to start the new year because it feels like a new slate and you can start it any way.  The options are endless.  I love you all and I hope that you were safe on the streets and you didn’t enjoy yourselves too much.  On the other hand, Madagascar is splendid.  It still gets up to 95 degrees, there’s drunk people everywhere, and the work is going well.  Actually, the missionary work is going so well that we have 8 baptisms on Saturday!!

So, this is the Christmas miracle.  This past week, we witnessed plenty of miracles in finding new rock solid investigators, and helping others catch their baptismal dates.  So, last week, we had one family that was going to get baptized on January 7th because the Ialy and Noro’s family still hadn’t received their marriage papers and they were expected to get them on January 20th.  Here is the miracle:  Ialy and Noro actually received their papers on Friday.  22 days before the desired date and if there is anything I know about Malagasies, is that they are slow and those papers should have come around the end of January.  But my friends, through the power of faith and hard work, miracles can happen.  So, we now have two families that are going to get baptized and they are so ready.  I cannot wait to enter the waters of baptism with them so that they can have more happiness in their lives than ever before.  They will feel their Heavenly Father’s love and the power of the blessings of the gospel.  It is going to be so great.

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an uncommonly tall Malagasy who knows all sorts of basketball trivia

Both of these families have been about six months in the process of building their faith, making sure that they are ready, and getting married.  It is so wonderful to work here in Madagascar and see miracles everyday whether it be tracting into people who are ready to receive the message of the restored gospel, or getting a family married so that they can get baptized.  Elder Wilson and I are working hard, and we’ve made a New Year’s resolution to continue to work our hardest everyday so that we can benefit most from our missions.  New Year’s resolutions are a wonderful way to start the change that you’ve been waiting to initiate for the past year of 2016.  Make the resolutions and follow through, and you will have a great year.

I love you all and I just want you to know that everything is going well in Madagascar.  Thank you for all of your blessings, because I can truly see in the work that we are doing.

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