Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Use for a Fire Hose

"This week was a tough week for us, but we had an awesome baptism!
I'll give you the excerpt from my journal-
Well today we left a bit earlier to fill up the baptismal font. We filled it up, and then went to lunch. After the afternoon, we went back to the chapel an hour before the baptism to check on things, and the font was empty! I don't know if there was some type of leak or if someone pulled the plug, but it was empty and it takes a while to fill up, so we immediately went frantically trying to fill it up!
We turned it on, and then grabbed hoses, buckets, and everything possible to get it filled up, even the fire hose! It still wasn't full when the people got there, there was just a huge mess from us trying to fill it up, haha.
Anyway, the baptism was very nice, David is awesome, here's a little bit about him-
His family was originally encountered by Elder Ball and Elder Vianna around Christmas, and was then taught a bit by Elder Ball and Wiscomb. He even went to church once with them. Then he moved to Santa Catarina to work, that's on the coast like 12 hours away.
Then I showed up in the area. I heard a little bit about him from Ball and Wiscomb. He lives with his mom and his stepdad very close to the church. About a month into my time in the area, David´s real dad was killed. David's dad owned a lot of nightclubs and apparently made himself a few enemies. David didn't really spend much time with him, but he was his dad. His dad left him everything. So david came back to Cruz Alta, took care of all the stuff, sold the nightclubs, got a job, and started going to school.
Then we started visiting him again. When Elder Wiscomb and I started visiting him. We didn't visit much because of his super busy schedule, just once a week or less. We didn't get to teach much. Then Elder Wiscomb was transfered. The next visit, I invited him to be baptized, and he accepted. He has a personal goal about reading the Book of Mormon and all that stuff.
He is going to be an awesome member of the church. He is also going to go to Institute and stuff and he goes to church in a suit, btw that NEVER happens, haha. We talked to him about the preisthood, he is going to get the aaronic preisthood this next week. He is 20, and so serving a mission would be a possibility for him. That would be so awesome.
Being a messanger of the restored truth is the best thing ever.
Other than that, we are teaching a ton of awesome families right now, and I'll tell you more about them next week! This week we need to find new people that will progress quickly. We are teaching awesome famlies, but they have to get married and marriage is something that takes like a month here for the papers to go through.

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