White Pants Saturday is a new holiday that we are trying to start up here. I don´t know what the president is going to say about that one, but hopefully we can keep it up.
There is one big highlight for the week...We had a baptism! Yeah, É Johnson got his first water experience and got to perform the ordinance. Agustina and Joel Rodriguez, two kids from a family that is recently getting activated. They are a super cool family. The service was way good, even that we had multiple investigators show up and they had all of their friends and family come. It was a super spiritual experience because they had been passing by many hard times and challenges with the wife´s dad passing away last week and all of the complications with Agustina´s cancer. The dad bore a very strong testimony and brought the spirit in there a ton. I was even able to make some baptismal gifts out of the package that Omi and Opi sent me. The other elders were able to help us out to make sure everything else went well with the service.
We are hoping to be working with the Rodriguez family a lot in these next few weeks so that we can start baptizing their neighbors and friends that came to the baptism. We are also working very closely with another Rodriguez family(no relation), Omar and Elizabet, in the which Omar should be getting baptized this next week before conference and Elizabet the next week. Same thing with Nicolás Vega, the next week he will enter into those waters to make covenants with his Heavenly Father.
I was able to receive a few more letters and a package this week. The package was from Ben, Tara, and the rest of the fam. Thanks for all of the sweet ties and letters! The blue tie is now my official baptismal service tie. Look for it in the ´white pants saturday´ pics in the future!
Well, don´t have way too much time this go-around to write a lot. Élder Johnson and I are working miracles and doin work everywhere we go. We are just praying to see more success as we are working with these people.
Spiritual Thought: I just wanna share a little portion of a talk that I gave yesterday in sacrament. They gave me the topic of ´La Obra del Señor(The Work of the Lord)´. In my reading in the Bible, in the Gospel of John, I was reading across some really cool chapters(I would highly suggest reading John if you never have, the writing is different when it is someone that followed Jesus around basically everywhere and had one of the best relationships with Him), 6 and 7, where it talks about Christ being the bread of life. So I thought, and I pondered a bit about what the work of the Lord really is. Isn´t it what Moses 1:39 says about the bringing to pass of immortality and eternal life and all that? Yes, that is exactly what His work is. The way the Lord gets that work done is through Jesus Christ(bread of life). Take a look at John 6. Are we "evermore" wanting Him to give us of the bread?:
27 aLabour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the bSon of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father csealed.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the abread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall neverbthirst.
Elder Dev Larisch
La Iglesia es verdadera
Agustina and Joel Rodriguez
All the people who came out to support these great kiddos
E. Johnson getting ready for his first baptism
What do you think...Do I need new shoes?
and a new belt??
my new best friend...
Good ole mac and cheese and hot dogs