Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Re: MY FIRST BAPTISM AND TALK IN CHURCH!!!
Scott asked me to type up his picture/letter in case they wouldn't open for everyone (or if you can't read his handwriting!)
So, first and foremost, last Friday, I baptized Guadalupe. It was a fantastic experience! At first, I was a little nervous, being my first time, but actually not a whole lot. I explained to her exactly what to do and then we went in the cold water, Ha ha ha! Then I confidently did the ordinance correctly and pushed her rather deep in the water – just to make sure! Afterwards, I felt so good and happy, it was amazing! In a way, I felt like I was baptized again. It was a unique experience!
For the future, if I stay another change here in Cortazar, we could have three more baptisms! Slowly, little by little, I am learning a ton of stuff; Spanish, teaching, mission things, culture, love, service, Christlike attributes, etc. The mission is the greatest experience anyone could have, not because it's fun and games, but rather because it's hard. There are tons of very specific things for each missionary to learn – things that we need to learn for the rest of our lives.
Also, yesterday, I gave an eight minute talk in church. It went really well and I felt great. I spoke on Christlike attributes. We also had seven investigators and some less-actives attend yesterday, pretty great!
A couple of days ago, I saw an American (like 6'7" tall). I was like, "Hey, are you American?" Turns out, he's playing semi-professional basketball, and lives with one of his teammates here in Cortazar for a little bit. Tony and Trent, both tall and cool guys. They're good with where they're at right now , without religion, but they invited us to one of their games, but they're playing on Sunday, so we can't. But, we might be able to play with them on Tuesday. I really hope we can. Here, other than missionaries, I can find someone who speaks English about once a week, pretty cool.
So also, as part of the mission, there are people who swear or say rude things to us, not super frequently. There are lots of people bound by Satan, and when they say these things, it honestly doesn't bother me because I know the church is true, and that's all that matters! One time, someone said, "El diablo es mi Pastor," which means: "the devil is my pastor. "
Anyway, this week has been good. The highs are coming faster and faster. I have just over three months now. The mission is hard, for me mainly because I miss family and home, but that's how I grow. Hope y'all had a fantastic week! And hope you have another magnificent week!
Hasta Luego! Hasta Proximo Lunes!
(Good bye! Until next Monday!)
P.S. hey, so do you guys have any questions about missionary work, or being a missionary?