Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baptism, Companions​hip Unity!

Hello to all!
This week had tons of notable moments, I am going to try to remember them all so that you can all hear about them. First and foremost, on Friday night we had a baptism, which was a pure miracle. The baptism went well, we had 4 investigators there, and they all left edified and are progressing towards baptism. I will return to that later.
We got to the chapel to start to bake our cake for the baptism. We turned on the oven, and went to mixing in the cake mix. Well when everything is all ready to go, we opened up the oven to see what was in there and we find a few stacks of napkins, a melted plastic bowl, and other random plastic things on fire. Luckily, my companion was quick on the job and stamped out the fire, while I was laughing. I could not help it, when things like that happen, my initial reaction is to laugh. All turned out well. The cake was delicious.
On Saturday afternoon we went by the house of a lady, who was a referral from a neighbor. When we were walking by, we saw that she was watering her plants. We clapped and without hesitation, she said, "pasen!" (aka come on in!) we sat out in front of her house, got to know her. She has been going through a really tough time...She has 2 older kids, her husband of 21 years ran away with a teenage girl about a year ago and left her with nothing, her business went bankrupt, etc. We read in 2 Nephi 9 about the Atonement, and then about what Christ expects of us. She accepted the invitation to be baptized. At the end of the lesson, she said that right before we had gotten there, she had been praying that God would send to her something to help her. And then, right after that prayer, we showed up! She, as well as us, recognized that the Lord heard her prayer, and answered it! She was not able to attend church, but we still have the faith that she will progress.
Last night, we went by the house of ____ to visit him, and to try to talk to his mom and other siblings about baptism. We talked about how families can be together forever. We then, coincidentally, read in 2 Nephi 9 and talked about repentance and baptism. His mom said that she, along with her other two children that are not members, want to be baptized...and not only baptized, but ASAP! It was pretty incredible. We are going to be working hard with them, and hopefully preparing a baptismal service for June.
It has been cool to see the Lord playing a hand in the work here. Our area is awesome! My companion, Elder Andreasen, is a great companion. We have been working really hard, sharing our thoughts, teaching with one voice, with the Spirit, and with power and authority. We also get along well and have a similar sense of humor. This morning I was reading in Alma 9 and 10, when Alma proclaims repentance to the people of Ammonihah. Then, Amulek goes in and testifies to what his companion had taught, and boldly expounds on repentance as well. The mission is so great when teaching is done in unity and with the Spirit, and I feel like even though we have not become as great as Alma and Amulek, we are trying our best. We are sure hoping to be together for a while, I really hope so. Thanks for everything from hope, feel free to throw me an email here and there, they are definitely appreciated. Keep us in your prayers.
Until next week,
Elder Babcock

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