This Baptism was held at the Garrison Chapel in Stafford. The Stafford B Spanish Branch of the Fredericksburg Stake. It was for a whole family. A Father, Mother and their 9 year old son: Jose Orlando Saenz Dias, Edith Rivera Saenz, and Jonathan Rivera Galan.
This was an especially touching baptism because it was a whole family and because it changed their lives so completely. Sister Bunker and Sister Reid tracted into the Saenz family. Edith said she was not interested in hearing the Gospel, but would love to learn to speak English and so began the journey. Over time they began to teach the Gospel. Edith who was 8 months pregnant at the time lost the baby and had a still born. She was devastated and very angry with God. She was very hardened , but eventually through the gospel and hearing of the plan of salvation and her ability to have her baby again some day her heart softened and she gained a testimony. Sisters Reid and Johnson are the current missionaries in the ward. They helped the Saenz learn about the requirements for baptism and taught them the commandments and then they helped with arranging for them to be married on Friday evening with the baptism planned for the next day.
When we arrived at the chapel at 5:50 they were not there yet. We called the sisters and were told that the Saenz's were very nervous and scared. That devil works overtime to stop good people from being baptized. They finally came to the church , but were still worried. After the actual baptisms it was amazing to see how their countenances changed and how peaceful and happy they looked. SisterBunker gave a lovely talk on Baptism and Sisters Reid and Johnson bore their testimonies. Elders Smith and Searcy were also there. They are the District Leaders. Elder Searcy played a beautiful piano solo for the musical number. Every day I am more impressed with all the talent in this mission. Both Bro and Sis Saenz bore very sweet emotional testimonies. (Of course I cried) and the amazing thing was I couldn't understand any of it, but the spirit was wonderful and almost tangible. What an amazing day. Three very different, yet all exactly the same baptisms. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to witness each of them.
Sisters Bunker and Downey brought an investigator with them all the way from Annandale; a brother Josh Martin. He is a deaf man. Sister Downey is ASL trained. They asked if I could go with them to take him to the Deaf ward in Maryland tomorrow. Of course I would love to.