Wednesday, December 5, 2012

November 26, 2012

Here's what happened in my short week after Thanksgiving.

Saturday we had our baptism of Hermana Diaz and that was really interesting.  Elder Martinez told me to baptize her so that was the plan.  We had taught her how the baptism was going to go over and she was ready to go.  When we got into the font, things started to go wrong.  The font had a little leak so there wasn't as much water in it as when we stopped filling it.  Hermana Diaz was also a little afraid of the water so it took a couple of times to get the baptism right.  She was afraid to bend over backwards and just tried to sit down the first time.  Then I didn't explain well enough and I told her we had to do it so that her whole body got wet so she began washing her face and her head with water from her hands.  Then we tried to do the baptism while she was kneeling and that didn't work either.  Eventually we had to get another member to put one of the baptismal suits on and come in with me.  We kind of pushed her under really quick and then brought her back up but it worked.  She was really happy after that and felt a lot better.  In the hour long baptismal service my appreciation for her grew a lot as I saw her struggling to do something that she knew was right, and eagerly listening to the talks and testimonies that were given at her baptism.

Sunday morning the fog came in really thick and we could barely see 20 yards in front of us in the car.  We were worried that a lot of people wouldn't come, but luckily they just came late.  Elder Martinez and I taught the gospel principles class and it went really well.  After church we went and ate with Jovita and Juan, our recent converts.  They have a 21 year old son who's never really been interested until his parents got baptized.  The English elders came by to teach him and then sent him to the nearest Young Single Adult ward in Stockton.  He didn't like the YSA ward at all so he decided to just keep coming with his parents.  We decided to go teach him and had a really good lesson with him.  He wasn't really talkative but finally we got him to open up a little bit.  We asked him why he wants to go to church and he told us he wants to find peace in his life, and come closer to his family.  We told him how he could do that and talked to him about the Book of Mormon and how he can find out that it's true.  When we asked him if he knew how the Holy Ghost work.s  He didn't.  I asked him if he had ever felt something inside of him telling him not to do something to which he said yes.  When I asked him how he felt after listening to that voice he said peaceful at times and relieved at others.  He then mentioned quickly how if he hadn't listened to it one of those times he probably would have died in a car accident with a few of his friends.  Then he began feeling the Spirit really strongly and started crying.  We told him more about the Holy Ghost and promised him that he would feel that same peace as an answer to his prayers.  He accepted the challenge to be baptized on December 8th! We should have another 2 or 3 people be baptized on that day so it's going to be an awesome day!

Well that's all that's happened since Thanksgiving.  When we were with Elder Guzman in Manteca this morning he got a call from President Lewis saying his Grandpa had died so keep him and his family in your prayers.

Les Quiero Mucho!
-Elder Gaskill

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