So this week has been full of so many miracles! This has been a whirlwind of a week.
So to start off last Sunday we had ward council and we were talking about some people in the ward that we could go and visit to see if they had any interest in the church. So we went to a family who's grandma has been coming for several weeks now and has been living with. She is originally from the Philippines, and her name is Tessi. We asked her if she wanted to take the lessons and she said yes!
So some back story on this Elder DeRosia finished his mission and left on Monday. So I was in a trio for a few days until i got my new companion. So i went with one of the zone leaders on Monday night to begin teaching Tessi. We taught the message of the Restoration and invited her to be baptized and she said yes! But to throw a little bit of a curve ball, Tessi is going back to the Philippines on the 26th of November and her main language is Tagalog! So if she wanted to be baptized before she left we would have to teach all of the lessons in five days. So we came by on Tuesday to follow up, and tessi said that she prayed about being baptized and she said that she wants to be baptized before going back to the Philippines! So we were busy this week with teaching and preparing her for baptism. So she is on date for Nov 23rd! It was such a miracle how everything came together so fast. She said that it just feels like the right thing to do and that it will help her stay strong when she goes back home. Tessi has such a sweet spirit about her, she is so kind and truly understands this gospel it was so great to see how the gospel can work in side of people. It will put a light into peoples lives! I am so excited to see her be baptized on Wednesday!
So when Elder DeRosia left i was made the "designated driver" because we live 10 miles away from our area.. On Tuesday i received a call from the Mission President and he said that he wants me to train one of the brand new elders coming into the mission. I was so nervous and excited all in one! So i am leading out the area and training. It has been a stressful few days but the Lord has something in store for me i know. It has been a week of miracles though. So on Wednesday morning we went to the transfer meeting and that is when i got Elder Lott! Elder Lott is going to be a great missionary i am so excited that i get to spend this transfer with him! He is from Idaho Falls, Idaho so that is pretty close to home. We are the two spuds in Arizona! Anyways we are both excited for how the work is going in our area. We know that the Lords hand is our lives all the time! It seemed to be such a long week back on Monday but now looking back it has flown by pretty quick! I love the work and i love this area. It is the best!
I know that the Lord has great things in store for us this transfer i know that doing the Lords work both blesses others and blesses ourselves as well. This work that we do in the gospel is so incredible. I have been so lucky to see how it has changed others lives. I know that it has changed my life. I love you all!
Elder Ben Kestner
Arizona Gilbert Mission