March 24th, 2014
March 31st, 2014
WOW! This week was just one of those classic battles between good and evil...like the war in heaven, Nephites vs Lamanites, the revolutionary war, and BYU vs. Utah. Satan wanted to make his opinion very clear about what a certain 3 people were about to do. I know understand a whole lot better the words to the hymn "Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war."
Let's go day by day.
Monday-everything tranquilo. The calm before the storm.
Tuesday- We go to visit E and she tells us she thinks it'll be better to wait one more week. I think it was a combination of nervousness because she had never actually seen baptism before and because she recently had a C-section operation 3 weeks ago and is still recovering. But we told to pray about it and see what God says. C and V were doing great, except that C´s boss didn't want to give her the day off on Thursday to go to the marriage lectures. But she said if he didn't give her the day off, she was just going to miss work anyways.
Other than all the craziness, we also found a ton of new investigators on Thursday, 7 to be exact, of whom will be made more particular mention a little later.
This was easily the most memorable baptismal service of my life. The entire branch came--everybody! L gave the opening prayer, Elder C gave the first talk on baptism, then M gave one on the gift of the Holy Ghost and rocked it! You never would have guessed that she only has 2 months in the church! Then I did a musical number with A, the first counselor in the branch presidency, who also plays guitar and sings and writes and records his own music. Basically we're best friends. We sang a mix of "Abide with me" and that cheesy song we sang in the missionary activity in Guadalajara a few months ago (Te hallaré me querido amigo). Everyone was crying. Then came time for the baptisms. A baptized C and V, and R was supposed to baptize E, but he didn't get home from work in time, so I had the privilege of baptizing her. It was the happiest night of my life. They were all so happy and all three bore their testimonies at the end. They're going to be a big help in this branch. I have been way too blessed! I am so grateful for this chance I have had to serve the Lord and to meet this family. I love them so much. The mission is the best!
I love you all and we'll see you soon! Have a happy conference weekend!