Can I just start out by saying that it has been a wonderful week????
I was able to go on exchanges and meet new sisters. I was able to feel the sprit as they taught and contacted. It truly is so humbling to be where I am right now. It can be hectic, but I wouldnt want it any other way.
Also, V* was baptized!!!
It was a beautiful service. Even though NOBODY showed up besides the 6 missionaries, the bishop, the baptizer and her mom. But we made it intimate and beautiful. We were expecting a TON of people to come to the baptism. But that is something that I have learned in the mission, that we can do all that we can, yet the people have their agency to act in the ways they want.
V* told us that she didnt sleep at all the night before because she was so anxious. She had dreams of slipping in the fount, so she got up and packed white socks to take with her. Then she thought that the dress would be see through, so she called a friend to lend her a white shirt. All in all, she couldnt keep her mind off of the baptism.
Saturday was a crazy day. We did service in the morning cleaning out a house that could be on the TLC show "Hoarding:Buried Alive". She is a member and needed help. So we offered her our morning. It took WAY longer than we thought, and we had the heebie jeebies the whole time. Broken dusty dolls, and iron rods, or machetes hidden in dark corners just dont give the best of jives. So, since we were there for so long, we got backed up on preparing everything for the baptism!
We ran to the church, and started filling the font--- and the hot water didnt work. We wanted to kill somebody! What were we to do? However, like we always say, Dios proveerá (God will provide). And he did. Finally the water came out super hot, and we kept on going with our day. When we checked the font once again, the water was basically boiling. We were going to cook our investigador! I thought the baptism of fire was the holy ghost..... awkward. hahah Joke. So we quickly turned the cold water on FULL BLAST trying to cool down the font.
We were waiting for everyone to arrive, and no one came. So we started the service. Not even the people giving talks showed up, so my comp and I were to the rescue!
V* entered the font, and the spirit brought a silence tan lindo!! I had tears in my eyes as she was submerged in the water. It was a good feeling that I have not experienced in 11 months. She had to be dunked 2x because the words were said wrong. Its ok, now she is going to be an expert with baptisms for the dead! Her daughter screamed and cried as V* went under the water and it was super adorable.
It is impossible to describe the smile that was on her face as she came out of the water. Im sure we looked like jokers with the smiles that we had on our faces as well.
Just as we all went back to the room to continue with the service, about 15 people showed up. investigodares included. what a bummer that they missed the ordinance, but they were there to hear a few good messages.
I am running out of time, but I hope that I have explained it well enough so that you can imagine being there with me. It was beautiful, and V* is now a confirmed member :)
She added me on facebook, and so you should take a foto of you guys, accept her, and congradulate her as well. Tell her of all of the prayers you offered and I know she will feel loved.
I love you all and I know that this is the only way to our father in heaven. By making covenants with him, surrounded by those we love, and done through the proper authority.
It is a joy to know.
I love you all and wish you a better week!
Hoorah for Israel.
Here are a lot of fotos from the baptism and my apartment etc.