Sunday, October 18, 2009

Winter is here......and the baptisms keep coming!!

We have had another week of packed activities. Besides our 9 to 10 1/2 hr office days, we took Tina clothes shopping for 2 1/2 hours, attended as a representative for missionaries, a seminar for "how to start your own business", a 4 1/2 hour lecture on "Making a successful marriage" and a baptism for a family of four. Somehow I managed to also go get my hair cut.

The baptism was beautiful as a mom and a teenage son and daughter and a 10-year daughter were all baptized. The father is coming but not quite ready. It is so heartwarming to see almost the whole family join together to support each other. They were confirmed in church today as well as the sister who was baptized last Sunday after church. The mom is the one who wanted to sign up to go to the temple her first time at Relief Society. Today they again passed the sheet around for them to sign up to ride the bus on the 14th of November. She signed herself as well as her teenagers up. It costs them $25 each to ride the bus so that is quite a sacrifice. They will be a strength to the ward.

Today in High Priest the leader was counting the different nationalities in the class. Dad thought there were about 10 men and there were 7 different nations represented. I would love to know all of the nationalities in the ward. The mom who was baptized today is from Barbedos and the husband is from Jamaica.

Socrates is a young man from Cuba in his late 30's and was baptized about 2 weeks ago. He is receiving the priesthood today. I met him in the hall between Sacrament meeting and Sunday School. He gave me a hug and kissed my cheek and said, "Here is one of my favorite women." I said I was excited for him to get the Priesthood today and he told me that he dreamed last night that he was being prepared to fight in an Army against Satan and just when he thought he was prepared he would be told that he needed to know more. He thought about his dream this morning and knew that it was testifying to him that he is preparing to fight that very battle with the adversary now that he is a member. Satan will try to destroy him but he felt safe knowing that he was going to get the priesthood to help him fight Satan with the power of the priesthood. Tears welled up in his eyes as he told me that he was so thankful that his friend and neighbor had shared the gospel with him. He wondered why people are afraid to share something so power and special to them. He will be another great addition to our ward!

The weather turned cold today as a cold front went through. It has been in the upper 80's and today it is about 69 degrees with a wind. That is very unusal. It is the coolest it has been since February. I almost want to put on a jacket SO Brian and Mary, maybe you better bring jackets. However, it is supposed to climb back up to around 84 by Thursday. I know you are probably saying "Wah, wah." With the humidity it makes it feel colder. I was actually glad to get out of the air conditioning at church and into a nice warm car.

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