Monday, October 20, 2014
October 20, 2014
So I don't have much time at all, but I wanted to talk about the Baptism that we had! And also inform you on how we found them, teaching, etc. Because I don't think I've talked about them at all really...
So It's Jeremy, Alexia, Alexandria, and Achilles (Raven). And Jeremy was the only member, his kids were all non-members. Ages 10, 9, and 7 respectively. So the whole family hadn't been to church in just about a year or so, and the previous missionaries and even a lot of the members had given up on this family. But Elder Turner and I decided that we needed to try them.
Our first visit we just introduced ourselves and taught a short lesson. We could clearly see that they weren't really interested. But then Jeremy hit a really rough patch in his life, and he lost most everything. In the process he got very angry with God, and began cursing Him. Not too long afterwards we went and visited him with our Elders Quorum President, President Hansen. We had a very powerful discussion on how God loves him, and knows him and the family personally. And he would never leave him if he would just keep the commandments.
From that lesson sprang soooo many miracles! We began visiting the family twice a week, teaching the girls the lessons, and preparing them to be baptized! All the while, he's been working on finding a good job, quitting smoking, and getting back into church. They haven't missed a single meeting for 7 weeks now.
Anyways, the baptism itself was awesome!!!!!!!! Elder Turner was supposed to baptize Alexandria, and I was going to baptize Alexia. But apparently Elder Turner heard that the Baptism was going to be at 2, even though we had set it up together to be at 1. (He got transferred just a few days before.) So he ended up being late, and I got to baptize the both of them!
The Spirit was sooo strong, they had definitely prepared themselves, and they were ready! Both of them went under smoothly, first try! It was great, they were both very happy. Alexandria told me right after, "I don't feel anything! :(" I was a bit worried, but then I asked, "How do you feel right now?" And she thought for a second and said, "Really happy!" quick with the response I told her, "That's it right there!" So great. They're awesome!
Also on Sunday I was privileged to confirm both of them! It was also a very spiritual experience, and the Lord had some great promises and blessings in store for both of them. It was awesome!
Anyways, I sent some pictures... and I gotta run!
Love you all!!!
1. Me, Elder Pack, and Elder Johnson
2. Alexandria - Me - Alexia Just before the Baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3. G-Ma, Jeremy (Dad), Elder Nield and I, Elder Turner, Alexia, Achilles, Alexandria after the Baptismal Service!!!!!