|Independence Day in Colonial Williamsburg|
|Fifes and drums|
Today I feel especially jovial! I feel like there's a lot to rejoice about. We had a really fun and really busy week. A lot happened, and I know I can't sum it all up in one email.
We spent the Fourth of July at our stake president's house during the day for pizza and sports, and we ended the night up in Colonial Williamsburg, which was amazing to get to celebrate America's day of Independence right in the heart of history. The fireworks were gigantic and the finale was insane! After the show, there was an old fife band that started up and there were torches and everything. It was definitely the greatest Fourth of July I've ever had!
Yesterday at church, our investigator's wife was received into the branch. She hadn't been to church in over 15 years! The ward is loving her and N** and they are helping them out as she's about to have a baby next week.
Speaking of N** and C**, we went over to their house for dinner and had some onion soup that they make in Belize. It was way spicy! We really liked it though. After dinner, we talked a little bit about the baptismal covenant in Mosiah 18 and I showed them the painting of Alma baptizing the people in the waters of Mormon. They then related to us that the day before they started to meet with us, they found that same painting in a run down Asian store and decided to buy it because they liked it. C** said she didn't realize it at the time, but looking back she saw it as a way of God reminding her of her baptism over 15 years ago, and also for N**'s preparation for baptism.
They showed us the painting and it was almost the exact same thing, except it had been repainted to show John the Baptist and Christ's baptism. The rest of the painting was the exact same thing. I'll attach a picture. It was a very faith strengthening moment for me that God works in very specific and miraculous ways. They had no idea that that painting would have so much to do with their future experiences with them meeting with us and going to church together, but looking back the Lord's hand was so amazingly manifest in a small thrift store painting.
|Miraculous thrift store painting|
Con todo mi gratitud y amor,
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