Well well well... WE HAD A BAPTISM :) IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! Hermano Fransisco was glowing, I get all teary eyed just thinking about it. He came in those doors just radiating with the Spirit and the smile on his face was that of pure joy!.... I dont think I've ever seen a smile so big, so happy, so pure :)
I got to speak at his baptism and Hermana Curi and I prepared a rendition of Come Thou Fount... in Spanish of course. We could hardly sing through our tears.
My first lesson taught in Paraguay was with Fransisco, and the change that has taken place has been so amazing. He has gone from a curiousness to TRUE faith. :) He has gone from praying to just pray, to pouring his heart out unto the Lord yearning to know if these things are true. He has gone from just reading the Book of Mormon to reading with a fire inside to learn more! There was no doubt in our minds as to whether or not this man was ready to be baptized.
And fast forward to his baptismal day, as he walks in, dressed in his new suit and tie, ready to commit his life to his Heavenly Father and walk the path that has been shown us.
The blessing he recieved in Sacrament Meeting, after being confirmed, was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL blessing I have witnessed... I could barely hear it, but I could completely feel it. This man is special... This man has a beautiful plan and purpose here. I feel so privaleged to know him! We are now working to help prepare him for the temple, so the 3 of us can go and perform baptisms for his family! :) Can you believe that?! I know, me neither.
There's something about the mission, I just can't get "the white" out of my head... All I see are these investigators in white and all I want is to see them in the font, but more than that - I want to see them in the temple! :) Because yes, baptism is important... but baptism is only the door. The temple is our main goal because salvation is what we are shooting for! :) It's not about numbers, it's about souls, THESE beautiful souls! :)
This was the highlight of the week... I know the rest of the week was great too, I just can't think of anything other than how amazing Fransisco's journey is! This is what missionary work is all bout! :)
The Lord wasn't kidding when he said how great our joy could be if we can bring JUST ONE soul unto Christ (Yes, this includes ourselves :) and that if we should bring many souls unto Christ how much greater shall be our joy :) The gospel is for everyone and because we are so blessed to have it in our lives - we need to share it with others because there is no other path, no other name given by which salvation can come! It is only through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I want to extend a challenge to you all this week... I promise I'll do it too ;) Your challenge is to share the gospel with someone - anyone. You dont have to deliver a big grand lesson out of Preach My Gospel... Just take confidence in bringing up the gospel conversation! :) The gospel relates to every single thing on this Earth, because every single thing we have has been given to us from a loving Heavenly Father. Share your feelings, :) Share your thoughts, :) Share the joy that comes through Christ! :)
I love you all so very much:)
Mom - I got your packages.... I'm going to try not to cry, but Wow! You are so sweet and Hermana Curi has a letter coming your way along with mine! :) You are so special :) I love you!
Abu - A card is coming for you too! :)
And shout out to Tan Man for rocking those braces! I don't think I've ever seen someone look so good in braces before!
Keep on being awesome! :)