One of the craziest and best weeks of my life out here in SoCal!
Here are just a couple highlights:
|President and Sister Henrie, Elder and Sister Zeballos, Me and Boss|
Wednesday we got to go to the temple with our bff recent convert Dali! Wow I love her so much. I love the temple so much.
Cool thing #1: I came to the temple with a question that I really wanted the answer to. I went through the whole session enjoying it and learning so much but not getting an answer. At the very end I grabbed the scriptures and it pretty much opened itself to a section in Index and my eye caught a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that straight up answered my question. It is wild how the standard works truly are books of answers and a way God communicates to us.
Cool thing #2: There is something incredibly special about waiting in the celestial room for someone to come through. There was a bundle of us anxiously waiting for Dali to walk in and I really can't explain the feeling. Tears just started streaming down my face I couldn't hold it in.
It brought me back to when I received my endowment and walked through into the celestial room in the San Diego temple with an insane brightness of white with my parents and Scott standing there waiting with BIG smiles. I couldn't help but think that's what it's going to be like after this life. I'm holding back words because there really aren't words to describe celestial feelings. The temple is the place to be.
Thursday and Friday was Zone Conference and Mission Leadership Council with Elder Zeballos (Area 70).
It was really, really good. I have been working on improving my character and trying to figure out how to improve myself internally. Throughout the conference I just kept getting lots of personal revelation about what it truly means to be happy. That there is a difference between temporal happiness and eternal happiness, and a difference between being happy and having a happy character. I realized that a lot of time we rely on happiness to come from the fruits of what we do and the outcome of things but that is just temporal happiness. What really matters is having a happy character and letting eternal principles seep into our being and build righteous, happy character. I could just talk all about this but there's just a little of what is going on in Sister Dohner's mind :)
Friday night we picked up this WAY SICK investigator! Sister Boss and I decided we're going to crack down and not deal with shady people anymore so we're just inviting people to be baptized left and right and if their intent isn't there, we don't teach them. Haha. So we met with this guy named J ( I know my mom just puts first initials and 4 of our investigators start with J so... just try to follow along haha.) He had dinner at a members with us and then we taught him the Restoration and committed him to a date! He came to church and man he just is so ready. I feel really, really lucky to have a front row seat in witnessing the Atonement touch hearts and change lives. The spirit is a bro.
Saturday was P's baptism!! OK Craziest day of my entire life!!!
It was 15 minutes before P's baptism and so Sister Boss and I decided we were going to go out on the streets and right then find someone waiting to change their life and bring them to witness the baptism. Hahaha just try to picture us speeding to the closest busy corner in the rain, tracking down anyone we saw and inviting them to let Christ more into their lives by being baptized and watching someone be baptized!! Well we ran into this man walking out of the bank. He hardly spoke any English but through our broken Spanish and his broken English, we almost dragged him there. haha. We had him follow us in his car and on the way called the Spanish Elders to be outside ready to talk to this man. It was a miracle. He couldn't stay for the whole baptism, so that was a bummer, but he came and he was an incredible man prepared by the Lord. The Spanish elders got his information and will start teaching him. MIRACLES HAPPEN. They are waiting to be known! It was a thrill of a day.
And the baptism went so so well! P was so happy and he bore his testimony after and at church on Sunday and wow!! There's something really special about humble testimonies.
I seriously am taken back by the mercies of the Lord. They really are all over those who have faith to make them mighty unto deliverance. I know you all can see the miracles if you open your eyes to them.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH and keep being cute :)
xo Sister D