Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baptism Coming Up

So Beatriz is really excited about her baptism. It´s exciting because she really seems to understand the importance of the commandments and she has started really liking our visits and her time in Church on Sundays more and more. The spirit is really working in her. We as missionaries conduct a "practice interview" sometimes before the baptismal interview to make sure that the person understands the concepts. We asked what having a modern day Prophet meant for her and she said that she was glad she knows now that this is the Church of Jesus Christ (we had her read 3 Nephi 27 about the name of the Church) and that Christ really loves her.  I´m glad that she understands that prophets and revelation are proof of the Lord´s love for us.
We’re going to start reactivating a family and the mother was never baptized. The Dad said that when he first met the missionaries hedidn´t think they would come. He told them that he had no time for anything and if they wanted to stop by it would have to be seven in the morning (he didn´t really want them to come). Then he told us how two elders showed up bright eyed and bushy-tailed at 7 in the morning.
The married couple missionaries are doing great.  They baptized last week and have a baptism marked for next week on Saturday just before Beatriz´s baptism. The sister missionary of this couple has become President of the Relief Society in one of the branches because she´llbe around for months (the couple isn´t transferred often) and she can take good care of the calling.
My companion and I are taking care of two branches since this transfer started and so our area already was big but now it´s huge. We´re trying to visit in-actives and we are visiting with members of the Branch Presidency and the District Presidency. We might baptize some young men if everything goes right. They started coming to Church because of soccer but now they are going to Sacrament meeting sometimes. We´re going to visit them with a member boy this week.
I know that this Church is true and that I´m being extremely blessed for my missionary service. The Lord really does make "The weak things of the world come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones" (Doctrine and Covenants 1:19) When I got here I had so much trouble speaking the language and I was prideful and had to change a lot just to get along.  Now I´m still learning and getting better but there´s alot of rewarding changes that have taken place out here.
Love, Elder Hanson

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