Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,
During the year, 2015, we would like to share with you some of the spiritual experiences our Missionaries have had here in the Florida Orlando Mission. We look forward to you reading them and sharing in the spirit of missionary work.
We love and thank you for your prayers and support.
Our love, President and Sister Berry
Each week leading up to Leah’s baptism seemed to be harder than the last. Satan was working on her, her friends and family, and my companion and me. It wasn’t uncommon for her to tell us about someone discouraging her from being baptized or severing their friendship. Understandably, she still wasn’t completely sure she would be baptized on the date we had set.
As she drove us to her baptism interview, she told us of the miraculous answer she had received about the gospel the night before. Unfortunately, her dad had said something that morning that discouraged her. We taught her a lesson before the interview, and the member we brought with us asked when she was getting baptized. My companion and I quickly provided the date, but Leah wasn’t so sure.
She passed her interview, but I didn’t expect the impact it would have on her. As we drove home, she turned to us and said, “Guys, I have a testimony! He asked me to bear my testimony, and I said I didn’t have one. Then he said, ‘Everything you’ve just told me was your testimony.’ I have a testimony!”
The next ten days before her baptism, though still filled with trials, were easier to get through. Then the day came. I’ll never forget how strong the Spirit was as he bore witness of the sacred promise Leah had just made with Heavenly Father.
The first thing she said when she walked into the church building the next morning was, “I guess it’s true that the adversary tries to stop good things from happening.” After her baptism, she had a disagreement with a good friend, and it left her feeling down. But she came to church anyway, knowing that the gift of the Holy Ghost could help her.
The Spirit that filled the chapel as she was confirmed a member of the Church was so strong, and I was so happy that she would be able to feel the joy and peace that comes from the Holy Ghost forever. I knew that as she would continue to follow Jesus Christ, she would be given the help she would need.
I am so grateful for the spiritual experiences I had while teaching Leah, and for the opportunity I had to watch her life change as she applied the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Sister Keely Burnette
From Olympia, Washington