Thursday, March 5, 2015

Week 36

I baptized R on Saturday.  It was an awesome experience.  It took about six tries because the water kept draining from the makeshift plug we used, and the fact that R suffered from polio as a child.  It worked at last.  R had been working toward his baptism for over a year and finally accomplished his goal.  He was very happy and had a big smile for the entire baptismal service.  It is a miracle to see how R was able to overcome many difficulties and frustration including a smoking addiction and a few learning difficulties. I know that the hand of the Lord took a part in his conversion, and I am very grateful to have seen it.  The experience of teaching R has taught me a lot, especially that through faith, diligence, and love, relying on  the infinite power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, no problem, no obstacle, no mess-up can impede us from defeating our personal shortcomings and becoming better people.  I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us.  He has uncountable blessings for each one us, his children.  Let us all exercise faith in Him and His Son so that we might inherit such blessings and prepare ourselves to return home to Him again.  

F and M are working toward their baptisms.  They have been to church 6 times and are progressing well.  We invited M to church, but he chose not to go.  We'll keep working with them and praying for them.  

Hermana R attended the baptism on Saturday and enjoyed it, but doesn't want to go to church because she has commitments in the church she attends.  However, she genuinely enjoys the discussions and reading the Book of Mormon.  We have challenged her to pray about the Church, baptism, and the Book of Mormon.  We'll continue to work with her as she awaits a spiritual confirmation.

We've recently met two new people who are genuinely interested in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, Hermano R and J.  Hermano R came to church, and J had read the entire pamphlet with markings and questions.  We're very excited to teach them.  
R's baptism

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