We enjoyed the wonderful spirit of attending another baptism on Wed. evening. There are way too many baptisms for us to get to all of them. But we try hard to get to them when we can since it is the purpose of missionary work, " to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, BAPTISM, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. That is the purpose of a missionary. They are taught this in the MTC and it is found in Preach My Gospel--the most important sentence in the book. They all know and love that statement, and to hear them recite it as a group is really inspiring and brings tears to my eyes. (no matter how many times I hear it) I wish I could record them saying it and put it here on the blog as a memory.
We attended this baptism in the Ashburn Stake which is some of the most beautiful landscape anywhere. No matter how often or where we drive in this mission, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of it. "It takes my breath away" to quote Sis. Chauser. We drove to the town of Hamilton in Ashburn and witnessed the Baptism of Daniel Johnson. I wrote earlier about a 4th of July party we attended at the home of the Lyon family. This baptism is a partial result of that event. He was one of the nonmember guests who was friendshipped and invited to take the lessons. Sisters Jordan, Arnett, Banks, and Larsen were the missionaries who helped to teach Bro. Johnson. Sister Lyons gave a beautiful talk on baptism. She is a remarkable woman. Everyone can tell how much she truly cares for them. What a gift she has. Joseph Scanlan performed the baptism. And a Bro Bob Durrant, another recent convert of about 8 months sang "Where Love Is" and it was lovely. The spirit at baptisms is always remarkable as you witness the excitement of a new member entering the gate towards heaven. We really enjoyed the evening and didn't get home until close to 11:00. But it was well worth it. Thank you Sisters for calling and inviting us.