How are we all?? I miss you all like crazy and hope you are all doing well :)
This week has been a roller coaster for sure!! We ended up having a baptism, but not with Olga and Marino, but with their 9 year old daughter. It was quite a process! The missionaries have been working with Olga and Marino for about 4 or 5 months and they´ve been progressing with almost everything except they´re not married, like everyone in the world, they´re not married!! And the problem here is that Olga doesn´t have any proof of who she is. She has no ID, no birth certificate, and she doesn´t remember what year she was born...so we´re kind of at a stand still until she can find some ID. So we have members in the ward that are going to work with them and help them, because to be honest, I don´t have any clue what they have to do and I don´t understand business talk in Spanish yet. So long story short, they didn´t get baptized. But the president told the whole mission that we could move our baptisms that we had set for July up to June 28 and promised us we could all have a baptism that week. Our whole district had at least 1 baptism set for the 28th and we had nothing. So after wallowing in self pity for a few minutes, we went to work! And we prayed like crazy to find someone that was ready to be baptized. And Rubi came into our mind. She´s been meeting with the missionaries for about 4 or 5 months also, but hasn´t got baptized because she is terrified of the water. But we prayed for direction in our lesson with her to help her not be scared of the water. And our prayers were answered!! We actually didn´t do anything, we actually didn´t even say anything. Olga took over and used her Mom powers and Rubi was pumped and ready to be baptized by the end. What a blessing it was!!!! As we walked down the hill I did a few heel clicks...ha but really, I was really excited!!! Our whole district was set with 7 baptisms for the 28th, and the promise of the president was fulfilled!
Like I said, our district had SEVEN baptisms! It was such a beautiful service. We´re in Mexico, so of course a few things didn´t turn out perfectly, but it was so beautiful and the spirit was there so strong! It was probably one of the most spiritual experiences of my mission so far! As we began the service us 8 missionaries in our district sang "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" and the spirit settled in and we all felt great! Then as they all lined up in the hall, it was so beautiful to see so many people in white! Then as we watched baptism after baptism, my heart was literally about to burst! It seemed to never end, and the spirit was there bearing witness of the happiness that Heavenly Father felt in that moment. We literally saw the doors of Heaven being opened to 7 people, and the spirit touched all of our hearts. As we waited for all of them to finish changing, we sang"The Spirit of God", and that song always invites a strong spirit, but this time I felt like the angels were singing with us. Every member sang with all their strength and hearing the little kids shout Hosanna in the chorus, my eyes filled with tears and I was so grateful to be in that room, in that very moment, with those very people! Nothing has ever felt more beautiful and I´ve never felt so much peace.
With that experience, it has motivated me to work harder each and everyday to find more people to bring into the waters of baptism, because it is only through that covenant that the doors of the celestial kingdom are opened. And nothing can bring the spirit like a baptism. Ahhhhhh if you can´t tell, I´m completely in love with this mission and missionary work!! I´m so grateful for this gospel in my life and I know without a shadow of a doubt that it is true!
I love you all and pray for you each and everyday! I hope you have a wonderful week! Love you all!!! xoxo