Accepting baptism

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Wow, I really am getting lazy at writing in my journal. We had district meeting again today in Dasma. It went all right except that the lesson that I wanted to do really well about praying with faith, sort of got derailed by questions that really were not at all applicable. I did, however, get a good “snail mail” letter from Sarah as well as from A. which helped to brighten my day. We also did our emailing today because we will be at the temple tomorrow and won’t have time.

Me Cooking lunch

Me Cooking lunch

Elder Durrant snoozing

Elder Durrant snoozing

I want to relate an experience that we had yesterday with Larry Del Mundo. We found Larry a few weeks ago when we were teaching his brother about the plan of salvation. He was really into the discussion and asked good questions. This Sunday we visited them with Sister Encarnacion, the Branch President’s wife, and taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also tried to give them a baptismal date for June 18. They all declined but Larry seemed really close to accepting. We told them to read 2 Nephi 31 and to pray about it and ask God if it was the right thing to do. Anyway, we went back yesterday afternoon. We just read with him mom and sister because he was out on an errand. Well, half way through the chapter, Alma 7, he came in and sat down. When we finished the chapter, we went around the circle and had everyone share their feelings about Jesus Christ. Larry bore a really strong testimony. I had something in the back of my head telling me to ask about his commitment to be baptized. Shame on me because I didn’t follow it. As I was about to close he started talking and asked if we were still having a baptism on the 18th. We, of course, told him that we did. He then told us that he had read and prayed the night before and that “the answer for [him] is ‘yes.’” He said, “I don’t know about my mom and sister, but for me it is yes.” We were a little shocked but of course happy. I had my testimony reaffirmed of the truthfulness and of the converting power of The Book of Mormon. I come to love that book more and more every day and see it working in my life and especially in the lives of my investigators. I know of a surety that it is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.

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