Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The biggest and happiest thing that happened was that we had another baptism!
Hey Everyone, Sorry that I didn't write very good last week we ran out of time! I will try to fill you all in a little bit on what has happened lately! Well a lot has happened in the last two weeks. Well I am now with my new companion only because Elder Tzub left like two weeks ago. It has been kind of a hard change and I am still trying to get used to it. Elder Hernandez who is my new companion is a great kid, it has just been a struggle getting used to him. Well this last week the biggest and happiest happening was that we had another baptism. We baptized Hno. Ruben who I have told you all about in previous emails. He got baptized on the first date we gave to him and it was really neat to be able to work with him to help him be baptized. We really did not do much for him, pretty much just taught the missionary lessons. The biggest help was the Gutierrez, Rodriguez, and Yañez family (they are all the same family just sisters so the last names change a bit). It was cool because about a week and a half ago we realized that he had a smoking problem. He didn't smoke a lot, but he did like to smoke every once in a while. We taught him the Word of Wisdom and told him that he couldn't be baptized unless he quit smoking. That same lesson he let us throw away his cigarettes and ash tray and since that moment he hasn't smoked again. It was great because we were worried that we wouldn't be able to baptize him. In his baptism it was quite amazing. We didn't do hardly anything, actually the member family is who made the program and baptized and confirmed him and everything. The hardest part was that because he doesn't have half of his right foot (he lost it to diabetes) it made baptizing him hard. He became really tense while the brother tried to baptize him. The first time his foot came out of the water and we decided it would be easier to baptize him if he was kneeling and facing forward. We still ended up having to repeat it three more times because his clothing and all of his body didn't go under the water. Actually the last time they told me to hurry and change into an overall and get into the font to help make sure that all of the clothing went under, and it did finally. Even though we had to submerge him four times afterward he was smiling like crazy and really enjoyed it. His student who started the whole process finished the service with a talk on the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Ruben got up and hugged him as he was speaking and then told everyone thank you for all they had done for him! Sunday was amazing too because in testimony meeting the whole family got up to share their testimonies and Ruben accompanied them to share as well. He told us (the missionaries) thanks and made me cry in his testimony and then Hna. Rodriguez (who is like my favorite sister in the ward) made me cry more by saying that she thinks that President Egginton really loves their ward because he sent them the best missionaries in the mission. I felt super special even though we hardly did anything for him. I feel so priviledged to be a missionary. Well the other fun and good and happy news is that also this Saturday we will be having another baptism. Hno. Ignacio will be getting baptized. I don't know if I have told you all about him or not, but he has been an investigator for a long time now and wasn't really progressing because he wasn't married. It was cool though because since I have gotten here he has been telling us about his efforts to get married and then about two weeks ago he told us unexpectedly that he had gotten married. We had his interview the other day and now he will be getting baptized. I am super excited! Now the only bad thing is that we don't have any other investigators that are really progressing. I guess that just means we have to find some new ones then! Well I just want you to all know that I have a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that this is His Church restored to the earth. I know that He chose Joseph Smith as His Prophet so that we could all have the fulness of the truth in our lives. I know that if we will be obedient to His commandments that we will find the greatest happiness! I hope that you all can find that happiness as you work to live His commandments every day! I love Him and I am so thankful that He has called me to declare His word that His people might have everlasting life! (3 Nephi 5:13) I love you all and I hope you all have a wonderful week! Take care! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie