Monday, August 22, 2016
We had a baptism!! Yea!!
Hey Everyone, I hope that all of you have been doing well. This week went really well for us. It was full of many more adventures and a lovely experience! We had a baptism!!!! YAY!!!! Hna. Beatriz was baptized and it was super beautiful. She asked me to baptize her and I was very happy to do so. She was super prepared and a very choice investigator. She was only baptized a week later than her first planned baptismal date because she was sick one Sunday and was unable to attend church. She has learned and progressed so quickly and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to teach and help her progress towards this huge step in her eternal progression. Really It was such a special experience and the Spirit was so strong. Yesterday she told us after church as we went to her house to visit her that Jose her son had told her that he wished he had prepared himself to be baptized with her and that he wants to be baptized. We don't know how soon but I hope that in not a long amount of time he will follow the example of his mother and be baptized too! She also told us that as Elder Felix confirmed her a member of the Church and after he said the words "Recibe el Espíritu Santo" that she felt a very warm feeling flood all over her whole body and she couldn't hear the words that he said following that for a minute as she felt a strong peace and tranquility. It was very neat hearing her tell us and the Barragan Family (the family that has helped us the whole process of teaching her) and the Spirit was palpable in the room. Really she is such a special daughter of our Heavenly Father and I have grown to love her very dearly in a short time. Really I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to help her to come to the knowledge of the truth and that God trusted her in our hands. The coolest other thing that happened this week was that a future investigator talked to us the other day while we were in the store trying to find umbrellas because it was raining and there wasn't any, but a lady came up to us and told us she wanted to listen to our message and get to know the church. Her name is Araceli. We invited her to the baptism and to church on Sunday and took her information to visit her another day. As we were preparing the baptism, she arrived with her four children and we were completely taken by surprise because that never happens. Hna. Beatriz was also super happy to see that new people arrived to her baptism. Then yesterday at church Araceli came and she brought her kids and her sister and her whole family. That meant that in all they were eight new people at church. In all there were twelve investigators in Sacrament Meeting yesterday from our area (not including the Sister's). That is more than I have ever had in my entire mission. It was a miracle and we are going to visit them this week and hopefully they can all progress in the Gospel as well! Overall this week I saw many miracles. I have learned in my time as a missionary that sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways and sometimes not so much, but in all times He blesses us if we live worthy of His abundant blessings. He prepares people to receive His Gospel and those that are ready to receive it will do so. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to teach and preach of this great gospel news to the good people of Guadalajara. It has been the biggest blessing of my life. Really I know that the Lord lives. I know that He provides the way for us all to come unto Him and to be saved from sin and sorrow if we repent and rely on His Atoning Sacrifice. I love all of you and I am thankful for all of your love and support and sacrifices for me! Take care and have a wonderful week! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie