Querida Familia y Amigos –
We had a wonderful week this week
that ended with a miracle--a baptism!
R was baptized yesterday by the Branch President. There was such a wonderful
feeling there! He truly was ready and prepared to be baptized and he was
converted. The branch was so supportive--almost all of the branch was there. He
had wanted to keep his baptism a surprise for his children (they are all
already members) and when he walked in all dressed in white they were all so surprised!
His youngest son, L said, "Dad?!? It's you Dad?! You are the one getting
baptized?!" The whole family was beaming. His oldest son was speechless
and bore a beautiful testimony after his dad was baptized. R's wife was also
beaming--I don't think I've ever seen her so happy! The Spirit there was truly
When R was baptized, he came up
smiling and looking the happiest I have ever seen him. As I watched his baptism
and glanced over at his family to watch their reactions, I felt the Spirit
testify to me that he was ready to make this covenant with our Heavenly Father
and that baptism is the first important step to having an eternal family. He
has opened a door to having an eternal family. The closing hymn was
"Families Can Be Together Forever" reminding me and them that their
next step is to go to the temple and be sealed as a family for time and all eternity.
It will not be easy, but it will be worth it and Heavenly Father will be
helping them every step of the way. How grateful I am for the opportunity I had
to experience this miracle!
We also taught a lesson to J this
week--she is planning on being baptized on the 30th--this week, but we are
still waiting on permission from her mother. As we reviewed the baptismal
interview questions with her, I marveled at how much she knows. As a 10
year-old she has much knowledge and has a simple testimony of the truths we have
taught her. How powerful a child's testimony is. Hopefully she can be baptized
grateful I am for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that He suffered and
died for you and for me! I know that He lives and that He loves us. How
grateful I am for the covenant of baptism and the opportunity that it gives us
to live with God again and be sealed to our families for time and all eternity.
I know this is the work of the Lord! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be
serving in the California Fresno Mission.
I am so grateful for you and for
your support! In the spirit of Thanksgiving-- I love the scripture in D&C
78:19. Let us all be grateful for the many blessing our loving Heavenly Father
has given us!
I hope you have a wonderful week! Love,