Thursday, August 15

August 12, 2013

Hello everyone,
This will be shorter because I had so many emails to reply to! Thanks for all the birthday wishes and I'm sorry I can't say thanks personally to everyone, but I don't have enough time! Thank you for the wishes that you have sent! I'm looking forward to by birthday this Wednesday, because this week is looking like a good week!
I'm going to start out right now by saying what I'm so excited about. I talked a little bit about Harijs in my email last week and how he kind of tentatively accepted a baptism date, well, he is getting baptized! This Saturday! When he gets baptized we would have only known him for two and a half weeks! He already knows that this is all true and lives so many of the commandments in this church. It is so incredible to see and to work with him. He was found ready to be baptized! People constantly say congratulations for all that we did to find him, but we were just guided by the spirit to be in the right place, at the right time. And besides that, nothing we have done with him or none of his readiness to be baptized came from us. He was prepared by the Lord to be baptized and to accept the covenant to serve the Lord. He loves to serve and has already been serving people every day in his life. He is going to baptized this Saturday and I am so excited for him. I can't even believe the miracles that have come about with this. What a prepared person he is! The reason I rave about him, is because this is rare. This mission doesn't baptize a lot, we do baptize and we work hard to baptize, but we don't baptized every weekend and there are some missionaries that go home with none of their investigators being baptized.  And those that get baptized take a lot longer to work with to get ready. Latvians can be stubborn, and they don't like to change. When they do change, they want to be FULLY committed to the change that they make, and so a lot of the time they shy away from baptism. A lot of the members here had miracles in their conversions stories, and a lot of them were taught and contacted by missionaries more than once before they were baptized. 
Well, that is all that I can write today. I will do my best to answer the questions that were sent to me next week. 
Just know, that i know that this is the Lord's work. He guides this church and he guides this work. I have also really gained a testimony in the last week of the Plan of Salvation. God has a plan for each one of us. He wants nothing, but for us to be happy in this life, and that is why we have been given that plan. Strive to learn about the plan and pray to Heavenly Father to feel His love because he does love each and everyone of us. I know this church is true and I know that Christ is our savior. He bought each and everyone of our sins so that we can be clean, but more than that he felt everything we have gone through and everything that we will go through. Read Alma 7:11-13. 
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions andbtemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities. 13 Now the Spirit aknoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the bflesh that he might ctake upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me. 
 They are my favorite! :D
Much love and gratitude!
Sister Cloward

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