Monday, June 16, 2014

Runaway Horse - June 16, 2014

Hello family:

This week was another great week. Things are moving quickly. I feel like I am on a runaway horse and I am hanging on tight. The work is really picking up. Awesome, right!

We had a baptism this week. Brother Calisto (the doctor I spoke of last week) was baptized. It was a wonderful baptism. Our Mission President came to witness the baptism which was really cool. I guess he was out our way and decided to drop in. This was a treat for us and Brother Calisto.

The Mission President gave the welcoming remarks to Brother Calisto. He talked about how we are not a Sunday only church but we are an everyday church. And that we should always seek God and be involved in the church every day of our lives because that is how the blessings come. It was an awesome talk.

After he was baptized, we even gave him the opportunity to bear his testimony. It was powerful. As he shared his testimony a wonderful feeling came into the room witnessing that he knew what he was saying was true. He testified that he not only saw that members of the church were different in the way they conducted themselves but that our approach to the gospel is different. We don’t just listen to it but we apply it. Then he went on to talk about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. He said other things but those statements were the most impressive to me.

If you recall last week there was another man that was supposed to be baptized--Brother Simon Opio. He called us the day of his interview and told us that he didn't want to be baptized. We were shocked! He had already read half the Book of Mormon and loved it. We had no idea why he would want to cancel his baptism.

So we cancelled the interview and went over to his house to spend some time with him hoping to figure out his concerns and what was stopping him from moving forward. After talking with him for quite some time, he finally admitted that it wasn’t the church that he was concerned about. It was the interview that was stopping him. He thought that he had to answer all the interview questions in front of the whole church.

Once we explained it was just an interview with one person. Completely one on one and that it would not be in front of the whole church, he smiled and laughed with relief saying, “Okay I am ready to be baptized then.” I was pretty amazed that it was such a simple thing that was stopping him. We still couldn't do the baptism because we had already cancelled the interview. So he will be baptized next week. He is really excited to be baptized and all things seem to be cleared up.

Last an update on the “mouse hunt.” I think that there are two rouge mice left. I caught one last week. I am working on catching the last two. Hopefully that will give our house a cleaner feeling. I will keep working on it. Hahah!

Well things are really going well. No worries there. This week we have not found anyone new that has stuck but it is okay for now because we have a good group of people that we are teaching. This week we are hoping to find new people that will want to move forward when they hear the word.

Sure love you all!
Elder Bitter

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