Monday, February 22, 2016

We started off Tuesday with the work to invite German to be baptized

Well apparently technology failed us last week and my letters didn't get through. That is too bad. I am sorry about it i hope no one thought that i was ignoring them :/

This week was truly grand. We started off Tuesday with the work to invite German to be baptized this past Saturday instead of the following. 
We talked about some things and then he accepted the invitation. Thursday was the interview and our district leader interviewed him and comes out and takes us to the corner and starts to ask us if we verified the commandments and scared us to death haha. 
Also, German was in on it, he comes out and tells us that he won't be able to be baptized right now, and I started to panic hahaha. Then they started to laugh and told us it was a joke. It was only funny after a couple of hours ha..ha..SO Saturday came and we had the baptism early before work..and right before we get into the water, one of his friends arrived which was great too. To was an awesome experience.  I felt so privelidged to have been guided to him. He had been prepared and repenting before we even got there. He is 19, and is just a great guy..future missionary we are hoping ;D

Other family..The Padilla family. This family consists of mother, 3 daughters of 15, 19, and 21 years and the boyfriend of the mother. Martha, the mother, gave me an unforgettable memory Thursday.  When we asked how they felt about baptism, without even exhorting, she began to bear her testimony about how important she felt it was and that she wasn't going to neglect doing it. 
My, the spirit was strong. I told her that amongst the habitants of Reynosa, never had I seen such great faith. Pedro, the friend, is also great, goes to church and fulfills commitments. He likes to participate too. alot. The daughters are, well great too.  They listen and read and pray. But they work Sundays and older ones and younger one is so used to the catholic church she is going to take some more time to progress. But the adults have baptismal dates for this Saturday.

The other investigator that is coming to church is named Janet. She was interesting.  We had a Family Home Evening with a recent convert and she came at us with a bunch of questions. A bunch! But at the end she said..´´´well..i am going to go to your church then´´. Hopefully, she progresses fast, too!

Other story. The problems with the baptismal font didn't disappear for these baptisms that we had in the ward (there were more from the other elders) and the water pump wasn't working. So there we were with buckets filling the font frantically. 

We finally did it..but a hose we used, to fill it up faster, spewed leaves (who knows why) into the font.  So we went to the house for shorts, and I got the closest I can, as a missionary, to swimming hahaha. We used a white shirt as a net to filter the font it was quite ridiculous. Everything worked out in the end.

Aside from that, we worked a lot this week. It was exhausting, but every baptism we used to recharge and remotivate. I hit 17 months this week., thats a scary number eh? I love you all hope everyone is happy and healthy!

Elder Smith

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