Baptism from last week! I'm next to Jose and Jesus, and then there are the 2 8-year-olds who got baptized too.
So, this week has been a little disappointing. Dawn, one of the less active members who got baptized a little over a year ago, told us to stop coming. It's just so sad because her kids love the church so much and they always want us to come over. But I know they'll be able to find the church someday. They're super awesome.
Other sad news, Cameron texted us saying thanks for all we taught him and he really appreciates it and he feels closer to God but he just doesn't feel like this church is for him.
On a happier note, Maria, Jesus and Jose's sister, used to always run from us (literally run) or pretend to be sleeping when we would come over, but last week she came out and played restoration jeopardy with us! We're totally gonna set her for baptism soon.
There's this lady that the elders had just started teaching before they left (her name is Edna but she just told us she prefers to go by Mary) and this week we committed her to be baptized! It'll be hard for her because she's basically doing everything you can't do to be baptized (lots of word of wisdom problems and she's living with her boyfriend and doesn't want to get married) but she wants to change. Except, she told us she will ONLY be baptized if she gets baptized in the river. And we tried to reason with her, but she's pretty set on getting baptized "the way Jesus got baptized" in a river. But this last Saturday we took her to a baptism in Grand Island and she seems a tad less set on the river now. Just a little bit, but we'll work with that.
We learned something cool at zone training last week. For the baptismal covenant, an easy way to remember what we promise is:
T - Take Christ's name
A - Always remember Him
K - Keep His commandments
E - Endure to the end
I hope I haven't already shared this quote. If I have . . . oh well. It's still good.
"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain." ~Helen Keller
So, funny story. Remember Alonzy the friendly spider? Well, he built a giant egg sack. So we had to confiscate that. And by we, I mean we made one of our members that we live with come and get rid of it. I think Alonzy's sad now though, because he hasn't moved much since that.
Look how crazy the sky looks!
restoration jeopardy! You gotta be creative as a missionary.