So the story from this week comes from this cute little redheaded lady.
This is Marilyn Eissler. She is the Green's, that we live with, granddaughter! The Greens daughter, Josette's daughter. She is a cute, smart, 9 year old.
Her mom has been a bit less active in the past couple years which is why Marilyn hasn't been baptized yet.
As a result of some things, Josette, previously living in Pineville, now had to move to Alexandria probably less than 2 miles away from us!! woohoo! so convenient.
Josette and us also became friends because she was at the Greens alot during the move and the girls and her even lived here for a couple weeks.
The result means that we got lots of good influences going and examples and Josette agreed to let Marilyn take the missionary lessons and prepare to be baptized.
Its been almost 2 months of lots of complications and frustrations and spirit filled times and blessings and crazy lessons and golden lessons and ups and downs but Marilyn is going to be baptized this Friday night!!
We had a lot of family drama and concerns to work through but overall I had a really eye opening, wonderful experience teaching Marilyn the lessons and the importance of baptism and church and scriptures and prayer.
Marilyn has been a champion and so adorable this whole time though!
She has wanted to be baptized for a long time coming.
When she found out that we were going to start teaching her the lessons she was SO EXCITED.
Every time we saw her she wanted to have a lesson. Always asking when the next lesson was.
Whenever we would teach her she would start reading the pamphlet right in front of us, she would get her school notebook out and take notes.
She would sneak her stack of pamphlets out the door to school and read them and share them with her friends.
Always the first one ready to go on Sunday morning for church.
Sister Green gave her a paper packet of a Preparation for Baptism packet and Marilyn brought that with her everywhere. Her mom told us that when they went to the pediatrician, Marilyn brought the packet and made friends with another girl in the waiting room. The next thing she knew she turned back around and Marilyn and her new friend were laying on their stomachs together underneath the waiting room chairs pouring over the baptism packet. Marilyn was just chattering away about the things she learned and how excited she is for her baptism.
We are so lucky to get to learn from Marilyn and her example of her sincere love of God and church. She can feel the difference when her family goes to church and when they don't. She is making her decision of choosing church and Christ.
We are so happy for her!
Tune in next week for some fun baptism pictures of our sweet Marilyn!
To continue the party this week, my companion Sista Fristoe turned 21 on Wednesday! We were super pumped about that so we definitely had to do a birthday/celebrate/cameras back picture sesh.
cutie pants 21 year old companion
our cutie pants Meshak the cat who loves to cuddle and purr and meow but hates taking pictures.....
She may have gone a little crazy with the 21......
jokes we just have a good time :)