Friday Hna. Andrade and I hosted a ward Family Home Evening. We were really hoping for people to come,
and were told to expect somewhere between 30-50 people. We had 80 members come, and some
investigators! It was a wonderful success, our new Bishop spoke and the Stake President came with his family
and spoke at the end. It was wonderful. Yay for successful activities that bring the ward together!
Ernesto Pérez Montes is one of the newest members of the church. He was confirmed yesterday as member,
after his baptism on Saturday. He's been coming to church since November, but in his girlfriend's ward. When
he tried to pay his tithing, the Bishop told him that he should do so in his ward, so they contacted us. Haha
he's awesome. Our lessons have really just been clarifying a few things because... well, he's already learned
a lot. It was a wonferul day Saturday, but nuts.
We first had a service activity as a zone, and then ran to Ernesto's house where we then took a taxi to the
temple to the visitor's center. It was wonderful and spiritual and I loved it. =) We then went home, ate with
a member and ran to the church the get ready for the baptism that started at 5. We got there at about 4:10.
Our ward mission leader had started filling the font about 2-3 hours earlier, because that's how long it takes
to fill. We usually don't check the font when we get the to set up, but I felt like checking, so we did. We go to
check, and there was water, but with a closer look, it was only about 8 inches...! We frantically tried calling our
ward mission leader and our District Leader who'd probably know what to do and what happened. We checked
and everything was where it should be for the water to be flowing, but no water was flowing! And not in the
bathrooms either! Upon realizing this, our mission President and his wife showed up, good and early and
punctual. (many internal screams happened in this moment). The District leader and his companion were
already on their way, they arrived as well as a few other members, and they checked what could be wrong,
and there was water in the in-ground water sisterna that then should be pumped to the tank on the roof and
the distributed to the taps in the building. So we came to the conclusion that the pump wasn't working. So
we opened up the in-ground shoots and started fill buckets and bringing them over to dump into the font
with pieces of grass and everything. Ernesto (thank goodness) came late, and after a point, we called the water
level good, and started the baptism. It was beautiful. His girlfriend gave a wonderful talk, and Ernesto entered
the water to be baptised. He had to do the ordenance a few times because the water was only up to his
mid-thigh and it was hard to fully submerge. But, he was baptised and Hna. Andrade and I shared the message
of the Restauration, and then Ernesto shared his testimony.
After the baptism, I found a non-member friend of Ernesto's who'd come to support and talked with him about
what he thought and felt of the baptism. He told me that he loved it! That his parents are Catholics and that he
never really believed in the Catholic religion, but that in the baptism, he'd felt something amazing. He told me
to excuse him if he was acting weird because he just felt so different, but in such a wonderful way. I explained
to him about the Holy Ghost and how that feels, and asked if he would be interested in hearing more. He told
me and enthusiastic yes! And gave me his address. It's in another area in our zone, so those Sister's are
VERY happy. haha
I love this gospel and I know that the church is true! I know that the Holy Ghost's impressions are powerful and
subtle, and that God is aware of and loves all of his children.
I love you all, have a great week. =)
From our trip to the Visitor's Center with Ernesto and his girlfriend, Pamela. =)
From a FHE that we had with some investigators and members who are reactivating. the had to get the cookie into their mouth without using their hands. haha it was fun. =) Love you all!