Monday, January 20, 2014

Wow! I Can't Believe he didn't mention one thing about coming home in 10 days!

Hello everyone!
I'll be pretty brief in how things are going.
Bradon Owens' baptism was great! There were a lot of people there (because he is dating a Hmong girl in the Asian branch so lots of members from that congregation came as well). Elder Gilray baptized him and I confirmed him the next day.  We also sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" at the baptism and that went really well.  The best part was when Brandon bore his testimony at the end.  He talked about the story in the New Testament when Christ's apostles were toiling in the storm trying to cross the Sea of Galilee when Jesus walked on the water and Peter came out to him.  He recounted the story so well and told how Christ calls out to each one of us but most of us want to stay in the boat where it's comfortable instead of coming out to him as Peter did.  He said that the Lord had been calling to him for about a year before a specific pair of missionaries came to him.  The spirit was so strong as he bore his testimony. 
Brandon received the Aaronic Priesthood on Sunday and is going to the temple on Tuesday to do baptisms for the dead with the ward.  He is awesome! The night before his baptism we had dinner with him and his roommate, America at Casa Flores. It was fun to talk to them and talk about the baptism. Brandon had written something up that morning comparing what he has felt as a runner to what the scriptures say when they relate gospel topics to "a race".  It was really cool and Elder Gilray and I both got copies of what he had written to keep.  We also talked a lot with America. She is always interested to get to know the missionaries but never wants to stay and learn more. She considers herself Catholic but doesn't go to church. She sat in on one lesson with us 2 weeks ago and came to FHE last week. We convinced her to come to Brandon's baptism during her lunch break and also to come to church for Sacrament meeting the next day. We saw a big change in her over those 3 days. We're starting to teach her this week and we hope things will go well! She's great, just shy I'm sure because she doesn't know too much about the gospel and has fallen into the rut that many Latino people fall in by considering themselves "Catholic" more as a cultural thing than a religious thing.
We don't have any other investigators that are progressing too much right now. Brandon and Kenneth are both working on quitting smoking. We are looking for new people all the time.
I'm excited for this next week of missionary work and can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for us!
Les Quiero Mucho,
Elder Gaskill

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