BEST.DAY.EVER! ok, I think I say that about many days on my mission, but I’m super duper grateful Heavenly Father let me sit in on this one. Today Brian Tate and Dave Ham were both baptized. Brother Tates was super simple, he didn’t want any big hoopla. There were only about 12 people there. After the prayer we went ahead with the baptism. It was amazing, the spirit was so strong, everyone was crying, including him (he’s never one to let anyone see his true emotions). You could tell from the look on his face that there really is nothing sweeter than the joy that comes from the redeeming power of the atonement. Afterward the bishop gave a few remarks, and Sis Tate’s father bore his testimony about how much it meant to their family (All of SisTate’s family are members, and they’ve been praying a long time that Bro Tate would eventually get baptized). There was so much love in the room-and I don’t think Sis Godfrey or I can even comprehend how big this was for their family, and the impact it will have on countless others.
Dave’s baptism was another unique one. Because of the baptism earlier that day poor Dave had freezing cold water when he was baptized. Dave is also a big poet and brought along some of his poems that he wanted us to read after he bore his testimony. He gave me “an angel without wings” to read in honor of his nanny who wasn’t able to come and lucky sister godfrey got to read “the unborn cry” a poem that speaks out against abortion. It’s super sweet, but not necessarily what you hear at the typical baptism. Definitely 2 baptisms I will never forget.
Woke up at 4am this morning to use the bathroom, looked out the window and what did I see, popcorn popping on the apricot tree? Nope-it was starting to snow and it was really coming down. Because of all the snow, and South Carolinians lack of snow removal stuff we were stuck in our apartments for a day and a half. We were going crazy-but we got our map looking spiffy, made a bunch of treats for Dave's baptism and managed to set off the fire alarms w/o burning the cookies. Yeah there just so happened to be a plastic tray beneath the oven that got a wee bit melted. good times:)
1. Miracle time-we met this guy walking his dog a couple times down this street we’ve been working on. We talked with him for like 2 minutes, invited him to church and whaddaya know he actually showed up! He told us he really enjoyed it and was planning on going back next week!
2. Here’s a new door moment for the books; we went to visit a ward member, sis stewart. She’s super sweet, sadly her husband is excommunicated and wants nothing to do with the church, regardless every Sunday she packs up her 4 young kids and brings them to church. He husband just so happened to answer, and hanging from his opposite hand was a dead mouse he was holding by the tail. I instantly thought of my mom and wondered how she would’ve reacted. Turns out he just owns a bunch of snakes and was about to feed them before we knocked. Not even thinking before we left I extended my hand to shake, and ended up shaking the hand he had previously been holding the mouse with.yum. counting the blessings of handsanitizer :)
lovlove y'all super lots, yup yup. Hope that in honor of president's day, pay heed to the counsel of the president of our church and go bring some precious soul closer to Christ. I promise you won't regret it:)
lovlove! Sister Lindsay Smith