New College Investigator
Last week-end we gave a ride to one of our college freshmen from Palmyra down to Fredonia. School was starting again for them on that Monday, after their Christmas break. He had been bringing his girlfriend out to church for about a month before the break, and we have been teaching her in the gospel essentials class. We were thinking that she might be ready to start the missionary lessons if she was still interested in coming out to church. We challenged him to ask her if she wanted to learn more about the church. He was a little hesitant because he wasn't sure how she would respond, but agreed to ask her.
This Sunday at church, he told us that she had said yes. We had an appointment to teach an 8 year old son of a member of the branch as well as her finace right after church. That fell through because the son was ill yesterday. The missionaries from Jamestown had come up to help us teach them, so we thought that if Noel was willing, we could give her the lesson instead. Her boyfriend had an appointment with the branch president right after church, so she was just going to be sitting around waiting for him anyway. She was happy to have something to do while she waited. So we all went into a classroom and we turned it over to the Elders. It is fun to watch the young missionaries teach. They have prepared so well and are very good at it. They also know to bear testimony often and bring a great spirit. She was ready, and is feeling the spirit as she learns. It was a great first discussion and we finished about the same time Jeff finished his interview. The branch president was getting him started on submitting his mission papers and he came out of the interview with a "Preach My Gospel" in his hand. It was great!
That make the 8th person we have been able to teach while in the Fredonia Branch. We had six investigators and one recently activated member in our Gospel Essentials class yesterday. If Melissa and her fiance had been there as well, we would have had to find a bigger room. How blessed we have been! And oh, how we will hate leaving Fredonia with so many good things happening now!
Baptismal Date Set
Later on we met with the mother and daughter we have been teaching, and finished the lessons with them. The Elders came with us to their home also. They had taught them last Thursday at her sister's home in Jamestown and were back to help plan a baptism. We set a baptismal date for Feb. 11 at 3:30pm. They are excited to be baptized. Her sister and brother-in-law will come and be a part of it. They have set a great example for this family and that is why they are ready for baptism.
We are most grateful that we are getting the Jamestown Elders involved so that they can continue with these good people when we are gone.