Thursday, July 30, 2009
July 5 Baptisms
There were 4 different baptisms being held on the evening of the 5th of July. We wanted to make it to all of them but it was impossible to schedule. We did attend 2 of them though. The first one was in Mt. Vernon at the Spanish ward. Two people were baptized: 1st Berenice Huertas and then Jaime Mendez. It was very touching for President Albright and I since it was the first baptism we attended in the mission field. Our missionaries Sisters: Johnson, Bunker, Thompson, and Winborn were all there and there was a great spirit. We rushed from that baptism to the Annandale ward where there were two more baptisms for Brother Daniel Bower and Bro. Milton Campos. Bro. Bower first got interested in the church from driving on the freeway and seeing the beautiful temple and knowing right away that it was a holy place. And Brother Campos was met by elders in the parking lot of an H-mark store. The elder felt inspired to ask a soul searching question "Do you believe in angels?" And amazingly it brought up the perfect conversation which led to the lessons and his baptism. Both of these baptisms were exciting for us to see the fruits of the missionary work. Baptism is the purpose of the work. To invite others to come unto Christ through baptism. It is what missionaries do. I have come to understand more and more in just three short weeks and have a testimony of the power of that purpose. We are so excited when the missionaries get commitments for baptism. Our Zone conferences have been all about how to invite investigators to be baptized. And we have had many miracles as they focus on this purpose.