This week was crazy. Looking back, I'm still not quite sure how we managed to do what we did. On Monday, we had a great family night with my favorite two little girls- Mickenzie and Madison, complete with Frozen-themed cupcakes and a lesson on the role of families in God's plan. Such a powerful moment for me to envision this beautiful family all dressed in white, being baptized and completely clean and then at the temple being sealed as family for eternity.
The next day, we met with Omar. His baptism was scheduled for the 1st weekend of October. So we start teaching him about the commandments, and then Hermana Weymouth says "What do you think about getting baptized? You're ready." He said yes! AHHH. So excited. He just had so much faith and knew that what we were teaching was true. So the sooner, the better.
We frantically planned the baptism, including putting together a special musical number, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," my favorite song in the world, but in Spanish of course. We didn't have any music, so me, Hermana Weymouth, Elder Coles, and Elder Phillips kinda just threw together 4 parts. So,comes and I was so excited. We had everything set and ready to go. This song turned out so beautiful and Omar almost started crying. The Spirit was so strong as we walked to the baptismal font. Honestly, I kept thinking: "Is he really gonna do it?" They opened the font and PANIC. The water level had gone down like a foot because the drain was broken. Whoops. As I watched him walk down those steps though, I was so amazed at his faith. President Vergaray baptized him, but the first time, his elbow stuck up. So Omar had to kneel down to be able to be totally immersed. Wow. I will never forget that day. Omar was completely clean and he was beaming. And I COULD NOT wipe the dorkiest smile off my face. Such joy. It is indescribable.
So that was the highlight of my week!
I want to share a quote from an amazing talk called The Infinite Power of Hope: "To all who suffer- to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely- I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart."
I know that we can overcome all darkness through the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Never give up on Him.
PS Omar is the one on the right! (:
|My first baptism!! Omar!|
|Hey look! They have barns and cornfields too. Feels like home(:|
|My feelings about authentic mexican food...|