We had a really neat experience this last week. We gave a referral to the sisters in the YSA ward. They kept trying to contact them over and over again, but no answer. Finally they went this last week on Thursday and knocked on the door. This guy in the door across the hall felt prompted to go open his door. So he went and opened his door. He met the sisters and welcomed them in. They got to talking briefly and testified of the gospel and gave them a Book of Mormon. The sister missionaries then referred them to us. We went by later that day when he and his wife were there. We were introduced to them, and they told us their story. He has had a near death experience basically, and he knows that Christ lives because of that. He felt like he's back on earth for a reason. He had this happen after being in a coma after having a stroke. The experience stuck out in his mind because he and his wife had not really had many friends or associates that they would talk with very often at all – they really didn't have much communication with anybody. Then all of a sudden the sisters show up, we show up (haha), and it is kind of like an answer to prayer. We went back on Saturday with one of the members of the ward who has also been through a stroke. We didn't even think about it. Actually we were going to bring somebody else to the lesson, but we weren't sure if they were going to make it. Earlier in the day I was thinking, “well, I can't expect the Lord to provide us with a miracle for this person to be able to make it if I don't plan for a backup.” Right when I thought that and was determined to find somebody who could go with us in case the member couldn't, this member that I was talking about sent us a text (haha). He asked us to give him a call. When we called him back, we asked him if he would be able to come with us. He came and they really connected. We testified of the restoration of the gospel and the Book of Mormon and the truth that can be found there. We invited them to be baptized. They both said yes they would like to be baptized. [Name withheld]'s wife wanted to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it a little more, but she said she would like to be baptized. That has been really exciting, kind of a miracle. This couple also came to Church on Sunday the member that went with us to the lesson. They are sparking up a really good friendship there.
We have a baptism this Saturday for a little girl in a part member family. Her mother is a fairly new member of a couple of years. Her father is finally letting her get baptized. They asked that I do the baptism. I said I would. That will be exciting, I've never done that before.
The other night we were at dinner with this member of the ward who was very cool (haha). He shares a lot of the same interests that I do. He thinks kind of the same way I do. It was fun to talk with them. He resparked my interest in electrical engineering. I don't really know exactly what I want to do when I get back, so everything I've been thinking about has just be on whims. Electrical engineering has always been something I always thought about, and thought would be fun. Learning about that kind of stuff really interests me. It always gets my brain working. I think the fact that I keep coming back to that one... anyway at the moment I think that's what I will do. We'll see what happens when I get back.
I found out that I got accepted into BYU Idaho. I can go there if I want to. I don't find out yet if I got accepted into BYU in Provo until no later than February 28th. We'll see about that. Hopefully I get the chance to go there.
I love the gospel. It definitely makes you happy, and it's fun to help people. I know that's true and say that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Oh! Something special I was thinking about. I had a dream about Chris last night. I just wanted to say to Chris, I love you. Keep doing your best. I know the Spirit will be with you as you just try your best. You're awesome! I love you. I can't wait to see you again. I guess the same goes for everybody else, but I just want to particularly say I love you to Chris. Talk to you all next week.
Love, Elder Record