Monday, May 5, 2014

Letter #63 It is real.

Week by week. The miracles keep coming. This week was nothing less than a miracle.
Every day we seeing the Hand of the Lord mold our missionary work. The work here in Fier is all of the sudden BOOMING. No joke.
Me, Sister Kokol and our sweet twins ;)
This past Saturday, our cute little twins, Joana and Vivjana Duraj were baptized. It was such a beautiful ordinance and the Spirit just manifested itself that day. Throughout the lessons with them, their sweet mom Liljana didn't show must interest in the Gospel for herself, just for her girls, but I know she felt something at her daughter's baptism. On Sunday at her girl's confirmation, she actually showed up late and missed it, but she was there to feel the Spirit of a fast and testimony meeting, and afterwards she was a completely difference person! Her complete persona changed and she was so excited to have taken part in something so amazing. She brought her friend with her and they both said they would be back next Sunday. 
These are the moments that prove the reality of the power of the Spirit. 
The Spirit is what changes hearts. We as the missionaries are merely just the tools that call it in. 
I have a feeling that sweet Liljana is right around the corner.
We literally have a baptism planned for every. single. week. for the next three weeks in a row! Can you believe that? Because I truly cannot.
Me are the girls after the baptism :) Liljana is on the right! I love them so much!
The work is rolling forth. And the speed is picking up!
Doni, Bela's brother, our wonderful next door neighbor, is being baptized next week and he is ready man. Completely prepared for the Gospel in his life. We taught him a lesson last week and asked him why he wanted to be baptized. He simply said, "I just love the way I feel at the church. Its a good feeling and I know its the true church." 
Um... okay people. They are ready. The field is white. And it is ready to harvest. The scriptures are literally manifesting their truths as we speak. 
Today Sister Sejati and I swapped presents with each other
 because her birthday was yesterday,
 and they were both Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals! 
How funny and cute is she man! Such good times;)
I love being a missionary. There is no other work in the world as great as this one. The Lord's work is real. His children are real people. His Spirit is real. This gospel is real. And the reality makes itself known day by day as we read the scriptures and pray. 
I love this Gospel with my whole soul. I just read the Living Christ yesterday and it so perfectly describes the majesty and reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. This week we get to celebrate His ressurrection and remember Him. Everything we do comes together in Christ.
I love you all so much and am so grateful for all of the birthday wishes!!!
It has been a good 21st birthday!!!! 
Have the best Spring Break week ever ;)

love Sister Shauntel Louise Forte<3