Monday, October 10, 2011
Wk 101 October 10, 2011
Maayad-ayad nga hapon pamilya!
Hey well this week was the Baptism of Sister Erma! It was such an awesome baptism. If my companion wasn't so short he would have probably baptized her but Erma joked around that they would both go under if she let him baptize her...So I was the one to baptize. Our whole branch showed up to the baptism. Erma's whole family including their daughter. Erma's member daughter Maryanne was assigned to give one of the talks. Before the baptism though she ate some fish and started to swell up. She came to the baptism even though she felt like she could barely stand. When she got there she asked us to bless her. So we took her into one of the rooms and gave her a blessing. By the time she going to give her talk, even though her eyes were almost swollen shut, and had big bumps all over her, she gave a tear filled talk on the Holy Ghost. Her mom, Erma was in tears, along with the other members of the branch. Then we had the baptism. The spirit was strong as we both were standing in the water. It was such a privilege to baptize her. After when she gave her testimony she just kept on saying how good she felt when she came up out of the water. She said she felt like she was falling from really really high. It was hard to not cry as she bore her testimony. I just kept on thinking the whole time how lucky I was to be a part of her conversion and her journey to follow Jesus Christ.
General Conference was gut blowing - a mix between gut wrenching and mind blowing. The talks from Priesthood session were crazy. I love Jeffery R. Holland's talks. Mom when his talk comes out in the Ensign and you can read it, tell me when you and dad will be going on a mission huh. I took Elder Scott advice on memorizing scriptures. I like what he said about how a memorized scripture is like a good friend that never leaves you. Good for Elder Scott.
We met at our Stake Center to watch Conference. On Saturday it was pretty much just the missionaries, but on Sunday the church was packed with members. Brother Alfonso came and loved it. He and his wife fasted this last Sunday for strength. He is doing great and just loves talking about the gospel. I gave him my "Our Heritage" and "Search for Happiness" books. He has already finished Our Heritage.
We have been doing a lot of finding this last week. Still repenting and trying to be a little more patient with my companion. I think by the time our time is over, I will have learned a lot. It has honestly been a good challenge for me.
Well, I am going to check out some BYU stuff now. I love you and thanks for all you do. I love God’s plan for us and I love him and I am so grateful I can be a part of this.