Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Elders and Hermanas of all
ages, it finallly happened.
I finally was able to see one of our investigators step into the
waters of BAPTISM!!!!!!! This has been one of the best weeks ever, and
also one of the craziest. We had a surprise Baptismal interview with
Mercedes on Tuesday because our District Leader was here in Santander
(normally he's up in San Sebastian about 3 hours away, so it was a
miracle that we were able to meet with him!) so we quickly talked
about the last points of laws and ordinances; temple marriage,
missionary work, service, etc. Luckily for us, Mercedes is a super
intelligent 9 year old, and she practically already knew everything!
After a quick review, she was more than prepared. :) Everything went
smoothly from there, except that that was on Tuesday, and her Baptism
was on Friday night, and with her school and everything we didn't get
to see her until the night of the actual ordinance! Hermana Nelson and
I offered probably about a hundred prayers hoping that everything
would be alright in the end. Luckily, it was! Our ward is still
meeting in the bottom floor of a building, so we don't have a built-in
Baptismal font, but we do have a giant blue tarp and metal pool thing
that we call the "blue whale". So you set that up and hook it up to
the sink and it takes about 6 hours to fill, hahaha. Luckily we had
help with that and then ran around trying to make sure that everything
was in place and that we had towels and clothing and everything that
we needed to make things run smoothly. Everything went just fine, and
thanks to our ward's new initiative to make baptisms be more
spirit-oriented, the service was peaceful and lovely and to the point.
Mercedes was able to be baptized by her father, who was less-active
until recently, and it was really sweet because he was actually
baptized in that exact same church, in the exact same font (or,
rather, "whale"), 13 years earlier! She was the first person he had
ever baptized, and it was very sweet to talk to them both afterwards
and see her glow of excitement and his eyes full of tears. What an
incredible experience and testimony builder! What a blessing from the
The week seemed to pass by very quickly thanks to all the baptismal
preparations, as well as a FULL eating schedule for us! We had a visit
with a family of members Every day this week, which was a super fun
(and VERY filling) experience. We're blessed to have a very supportive
ward here in Santander who are all very good about inviting the
missionaries over. On Saturday, we were passing by a family that we
haven't visited before, when they told us about a young man from China
who is living with them while he is studying in the local University.
The story goes that they were talking about the church, when he came
out of his room and asked if they were Christians, because he is as
well! When they said that they are, and that they would be having the
missionaries over that night for a family home evening, they invited
him to join in and he said yes! So we arrived, totally surprised, and
spent a wonderful evening with this family and this young man,
explaining the Restoration of the Gospel and the importance of Prayer
in our daily lives. That was a fantastic blessing and a testimony
builder to Hermana Nelson and I that the Lord is always working to
make things align at just the right moment and just the right place.
I know that this church is true and that this gospel was restored to
the Earth! I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true
testaments of Jesus Christ, that He is our Redeemer and that He lives!
I know that our Father in Heaven is there, waiting with arms
outstretched, and if you don't believe me, ask HIM! :)
Love you all!!!