Monday, November 24, 2014

There is so much joy

I got to interview, and see baptized, two really inspiring hermanos this week. Rafael is a really simple guy, with a simple testimony and a humble drive to stay on the right path. He had to give up a lot of things and begin to live a lot of new commandments, and even leave different church, to follow Jesus Christ.

 Rolando is a single parent of six kids who really genuinely wants to turn his life over to God. He told me about what happened when the hermanas challenged him to ask Sundays off work. He and the hermanas began fasting and he went to work in the morning. His co-workers offered him bread and coffee and basically forced him to take it. Through his mind went the words "the hermanas will never know. It doesn't matter. God will never know" With prayer he was able to refuse, and went the whole day without it. That night, the hermanas said he could eat, but he sat down to read the Book of Mormon, then fell asleep, and ended up finishing the whole 24 hours on accident. He soon went from never having one Sunday off, to having every single one off. I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. Ever since that day Rolando has been certain of the truthfullness of the Gospel. He ended up actually asking me to baptize him, which was an awesome experience.

Last night Hno Caetano (de Uruguay!) promised to keep his talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost short, knowing how nervous Rolando was for his special moment. As he began to end his testimony, just seconds before the baptisms were to happen, we all heard a loud slurping sound come from behind the curtain. Yep, the font had been draining. Hna Shannon jumped in the water and replugged it, and we sang a few extra himnos and then the moment came. I just about had to push Rolando in. After a few deep breaths he stepped into the font, soon to come out beaming. It was a really great service, despite all sorts of mix-ups and problems. We felt the Spirit.

Well I'm glad I was able to see the other missionaries in our district succeed. We are planning on baptizing our own investigator, Cristina, on December 14. She is awesome. She is humble and thoughtful and wants to know. It's too bad I won't be able to teach her, because I'm getting moved out of the Harbor after just 6 weeks here. I guess we'll see what happens. I know that there's a lot of work to do, no matter where God sends me. I know there is so much joy we can feel, and so much good we can do if we will just put what we want on hold and listen to our Father's still, small voice: through the consequences of our actions, through His servants, and more than anything through the Holy Ghost. 

Elder Decker

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