Thank you all for the birthday wishes-- it was great!
Sister Lewis and I went out to eat at Deseyatkas this really good Ukrainian food place on walking street. I had verinoky, and it was great. Remember the family told you about that came to church on Sunday? They had told us to give them a call after the holidays to set up another appointment. (some of the Ukrainian Holidays in January: 6-Christmas Eve, 7-Christmas Day, 8-Saint Mary's Day) So I was super excited to call them and have an appointment on my birthday! So at 10:00 we called her...no answer. We thought...okay maybe she was at work with a customer and will call us back when she is done maybe 15-30 minutes...end of Language Study comes and goes still no call, so we contacted to Center and had lunch then around noon we called her again...no answer. By this time are worried about her, and if she is okay? Or was this her not wanting to meet with us again? We couldn't tell we felt that she was the king of person who would just say they didn't want to meet anymore. And as the day progressed we got more and more worried we tried to call a few more times throughout the day, but each time was the same...no answer.
Other than that my Birthday was super fun we contacted lots of people, and even had a fun dinner at the end of the night. For desert I had chocolate and fruit sushi thing. It was great! But sad since our investigator had dropped off of the face of the planet.
The next day we tried to call her one more time, and she answered!!!! We were soooooo happy! turns out she had just lost her phone.Who knew how annoying that could be for a pair of Missionaries! We were able to set up a appointment with her for that evening before Game Night at the Church at 6:00. When she got there she had her husband as well which was good. We wanted to show her "The Restoration" film to conclude our teaching of the Restoration. In talking before showing the film she told us that she had never felt the spirit and didn't know why. Sister Lewis promised her that if she would pay attention to the way she felt while watching the film she would feel the Spirit.
The whole time while the film was showing we were worried as to weather or not she would be able to feel it ad praying the whole time that she would, (and that no ones phone would go off or come bursting into the room.) When the film ended and the lights were turned back on we turned to her and she was crying. We asked her how she felt and she said that she felt good inside. We then testified to her that that was the Holy Ghost that she was feeling. She sad that she liked it and wanted to have it with her always. We told her that she could if she would be baptized. She said that she would, but first would have to stop smoking first (She had been doing some research of her own and found out about the Word of Wisdom) We told her that we would be there to help her the whole time. We the committed them to a Baptismal Date, and they said YES! On the First of February 2014! (ADAM! THAT'S THE SAME DAY AS YOU!!!!!!! ALSO HAPPY EIGHTH BIRTHDAY!!!!!)
All in all this has been a fantastic week! And it feels like it can only get better! I know that this Church is true ad that it was restored to us through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that we are all children of our Heavenly Father who loves us ad wants us to return to him, and that through Jesus Christ that is possible. I know that he hears as answers each of us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read ad prayed about it ad have received a answer to my prayer. These things I know to be true without a doubt. I love you all and am grateful for your testimonies and examples.