First of all... HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA DOWDLE!!!!!!! Once again, you make 29 look younger and younger! I hope your day is just the best birthday that you've ever had and that you are happy and well! LOVE YOU!!!!!
Crazy connection Grandma Joyner made with Papa's family! NEAT! Look how fun that family history stuff is!
As far Maddie and her mission papers, AHHHHHH!!!!!!! That's pretty snazzy! I hope they don't take a month like mine did... Quizas va a tocar PERÚ!!!!! [Maybe you are going to Peru!]
So I wrote out a nice long letter for you all and took a picture. And then forget my camera cord. Whoops! I only got 10 minutes to write too! Moral of the story, here are some highlights and I'll send the letter next week.
Hermana Patricia got baptized this past Saturday!!! Everything that could go wrong did, but the important thing is that she was baptized and was able to make a covenant with her Heavenly Father. In my letter next week (sorry), there are more details of the fun adventure that was her baptism.
16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.
17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
I like to use this scripture when people are afraid to commit to baptism. "Baptized without stubbornness of heart." It's effective! To me, it says that we need to take the action. We need to be humble and make the choice to do so. We will be even more blessed if we are.
The request of mom, a piece of Presidente's letter. He likes us to include at least one miracle that we see every week.
"Miracle of the week- The Lord works in mysterious ways. A rescatada [rescued] in our ward fell last week and broke her leg. When we went to go visit her, we talked to her to see what she needs and how we can help. We informed the bishop, and he went to visit her and took a wheelchair which she desperately needed. Her husband isn't a member and has kinda had a hard heart when it comes to taking the lessons. After we talked to them and the bishop gave the wheelchair, the husband was so touched that he said that he wanted to listen to us and be baptized. Granted, we need to make sure that we are baptizing for the right reason, but it was a miracle that he opened his heart enough to accept us to visit with him. The Lord has a purpose for everything!"
If Dayne doesn't choose a scripture, I will. Alma 57:21, 25.
I'm out of time, but I love you and hope you have an AWESOME week!!!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE
Hermana Elise Joyner
¡Prorrumpir en alabanzas al Santo de Israel! [Shout Praises to the Holy One of Israel!]