Monday, March 19, 2012

First baptisms!

Bom dia família!                         March 19, 2012

This week was so amazing. First i just want to say thank you to everyone who sent me letters! We got mail this week! Thank you dad, bishop hansen, nat (3), and syd. I also got two letters from Elders that were in my district in the CTM!

I am glad to hear that everything is going well at home. I pray so much for all of you. Scott, dont you dare play church ball. Coach leo will kill you. Good luck with the games this week. I heard that byu won their play in game but then lost the next game. Thanks for keeping me updated.....just kidding ;) 

Well, this week for me was pretty uneventful....NOT!! I am so glad to tell you that Oswaldo and Marina were baptized yesterday! It was such an amazing experience. Elder Clift baptized Marina and I was able to baptize Oswaldo. Before Oswaldo and I went into the font, he stopped and gave me a huge hug and started to cry. He is such an amazing man and his testimony is so strong. I am so blessed that i could be a part of that experience. It was interesting this week while we were helping them prepare to be baptized because one day Marina would be firm and than the next day she wouldnt want to be baptized. On thursday we had their interviews and i went with Elder Lopez to do those. When we got there, Marina told us that she needed more time to be baptized. It broke my heart. But Elder Lopez still had an interview with her and after that she came out and prayed for a while during Oswaldos interview and said that she received an answer and would be baptized with her husband. It made my testimony of prayer grow so much. They will be confirmed this coming Sunday during sacrament meeting. My first two baptisms!!!

Earlier this week we ate lunch at a members house and i gave the message after. I told them about how its frustrating to not be able to say exactly what you want to but that i read 1 Nephi 3:7 every morning to pump myself up because i know that i was called here by a prophet of God and that God has prepared a way for me to learn this language and do this work. We all face challenges in this life but God has given us a way to overcome them and do what he has commanded us. After i said this the wife said (in English), ´Thank you. I can feel your Spirit and thats all that matters.´ When she said this i thought, shes right. I might not be able to say exactly what i want to but i have the Spirit with me and as long as the people that i am teaching can feel it, then i am doing what i need to do.

Nat, good luck with all of your tests this week! I got three of your letters and they are great. Thank you so much. Thank you for all of the great quotes that you write in them. I love those. Keep working hard and have fun in St. George!

Scott i hope you were the one that started all of the moshing at the dance. Thats my little bro ;) I think you might be the one person besides our investigators that i pray for the most. I have already seen so many guys here whos older brothers served missions but then the little brother went off the straight and narrow path and isnt living the way he is supposed to. Please please please dont do that to me. Keep living the way you are. you are such an awesome kid and you are an example to everyone. Especially me. Keep doing what youre doing and you will be an awesome missionary. Study the Book of Mormon. Study preach my gospel. Every day. Every single stinking day. I promise that it will be so worth it. Make time in the day to read the scriptures. I love the Book of Mormon. More than any book that i have ever read. Yeah all 3 of them haha just kidding. 

I love you all so much and i hope you have an awesome week! Oh and happy St. Patricks Day last week! Eu sei que esta igreja é verdadeira. Eu sei que nós estamos vendo milagres aqui em Ahú. Eu sei que nossa família vai ser eterna e nós vamos viver juntos para sempre. Eu amo vocês muito e eu oro cada dia por vocês. Essa Igreja é verdadeira!!

Grande embraço. Pequeno beijo. (Big hug. Little kiss.)
Elder Taylor

Baptism of Oswaldo and Marina - March 18, 2012

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