Then spake Jesus saying, "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 1 - Congratulations Aurora!!!!!!!!


I remember when we knocked on Aurora’s door and out came a timid woman. She had a baby on her hip and she was blinking in the sunlight. Hermana Rueda had met her before I even got to the mission field, and when Hermana Moran got here we were still working on that list of addresses. She let us in and she hardly said a word. We had no idea if she understood the message we shared with her. She doesn’t have much education or experience. She lives with her mom and her brother, and she is a single mom of two little boys.

But as time went on, we realized that she was one of our most prepared investigators. She was accomplishing every reading assignment we left with her and understanding the Book of Mormon perfectly. She was offering family prayer every night with her sons and coming to church every week. Each lesson she became more confident with the answers she gave to our questions, and the first comment she made in Relief Society left me cheesin so big, I was so surprised and happy to see her raise her hand. She started a little business out of her house selling snacks and treats, and often when we went to teach her, she and her 6-year-old son were preparing the little baggies together happily.

I know that this Gospel changed her. She was just waiting to hear it, and neither us nor she even knew it.

The day of her baptism came, and we told her we were going to be there early to set up the font, and that she should come at 6:00  to eat with the Relief Society and then have her baptism at 7:00. But 6:00 came and went without her. Then 6:30, and then 7:00!!!! At 7:15, she rushed in, all nervous smiles, saying that her 6-year-old had fainted earlier in the afternoon and she wanted to make sure he was okay before she left him with her family. Wowwww!!!!! This young woman’s commitment is incredible. Hermana Moran and I were concerned about her son, but she said he was fine when she left, was in good hands, and they’d only be apart an hour.

Never would I have known the day I met Aurora that she would develop that strong of a testimony that this church is the Church of Jesus restored in its original form—the form he organized while on earth. Over the course of our time with her, I often asked her if she felt the church was true, and she always said yes. Then I would ask her why, and she always said, “Because I feel so different ever since hearing this message.”  I loved asking this question because her answer was sincere, simple, and spoken without doubt. This message changes us. That is our Heavenly Father’s purpose. I invite all of you to let this gospel change you. Let the Creator mold you.

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