May 26, 2014
Someone forgot to bring his camera today. The baptismal photos will come later.
Wait, did someone say baptism? Jorge Astete and his son Alan got baptized on Saturday. Thank you, Hebert Silva! We always hear about how important the members are and everything, and you just need to do it to really find out how important they are. After Jorge had already had his interview, we had a lesson the Tuesday before his baptism, along with Hebert Silva, the pensionist's husband and Elders Quorum President. Jorge told us that he wasn't sure he wanted to get baptized anymore, but fortunately we had Brother Silva there to talk about his conversion and his experience of when he got sealed. Sealed the deal! We also had him there twice with the Risco family this week. Carlos is doing great. He is ready for Saturday. The weird thing is that his wife is not. That is almost always the opposite, but Carlos has his answer and said that he won't ever let things that he hears from others stray him from what he knows. But boy, we are really praying for his wife. If there wasn't anything in the way with the people we teach, then I guess the mission wouldn't be that memorable. We are expecting a miracle this week with them.
Oh, right. Baptism. The service was actually a "noche blanca" with three wards and about 10 baptisms. President Archibald and his wife were there to support the stake. Alan, the 11-year-old son, bore his testimony after the ordinance. He was actually the spiritual highlight of the meeting. He mentioned his experience of reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it’s true, saying that the Holy Ghost had made him feel that the words were true. It was so out of the ordinary for someone his age to say something like that. Great service.
Elder Waddell has really made retention the main point of his visit to the mission, telling us that every convert's first calling in the church should be doing their family history work in the temple, so we will be working with all of them with that.
Also, on a less serious note, I ate brownies yesterday. It wasn't so much a thing of eating, but more of that thing that Scooby Doo does when he sees food and then his mouth turns into a vacuum.
Well, ththththhthat's all, folks! Love you and hope everything’s going well!