We told the bishop to announce the baptism for right after church so that way we could have more people there. He told us that we needed to choose another time. So we decided 8 o'clock (p.m.) on Saturday (20:00 hrs). The bishop announced 8 a.m. Sunday morning instead, so that was kinda funny.
The biggest problem we have with our members is getting them to church at 9 o'clock (for this reason we have the sacrament service at 11). So our goal was to find people to participate in the baptismal service at 08:00 a.m. One of our speakers slept too late and did not make it to the service, so Elder Gardner gave the first talk before the baptism. The the member doing the baptism was about 20 min late also. Everything worked out last minute though.
The service was very special, and spiritual. It is very apparent that Richard made this decision for the right reason. To change, start over on a better, more fulfilling path. Later, in sacrament meeting, he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We talked with him the day after and he said he has already felt a huge difference in his life.
Right now we are focusing on teaching him about the Priesthood, so his home and his grandmother can have access to the wonderful blessings that come with it. Also, we are starting a small family history with him. So he can go to the temple with his grandmother. It's amazing to see such a changed man, to see the happiness and joy this has brought to him and his grandmother.
|Elder Gardner, Richard, Richard's Grandmother and Ben before Richard's baptism|
I forgot to tell you last week. That's why the schedule got changed last week and I emailed on Tuesday. (We were worried last week when we did not get an email from Ben on Monday, but he did not mention anything in his previous email. He also emailed us on Tuesday this week, but maybe things will get back to normal soon) The name of my next Mission President is President Cook, I think.
|Elder Taylor (back row) with his District|
Back left to right: E Pachas, E Ashcraft, E McFarland, Me, E Gardner, E Reynolds
Front left to right: Hma Jines, Hma Cardona, Hma Rodriguez, and Hma Louder