This week was a pretty special one.
Some weeks are really hard but you always just tell yourself that it'll all pay off on some other week. I think that this week was the payoff of quite a few other weeks of tough days.
First, Carmen and Jorge from the Cornejo family were baptized this Wednesday. It was a great service and the ward was super supportive. There wasn't even room for all of the members to sit. They feel so loved and supported. We even saw Jorge leave on Saturday with his home teaching companion to go visit some other folks.
Then, I got a call from my branch president from Chao informing me that a woman who I taught when I was there wanted me to come and baptize her. The woman is named Geheydi (pronounced like the country Haiti) and she has wanted to be baptized the last two years but has passed more trials than a lot of people would be able to bear. She has prayed and fasted and cried and suffered a lot asking God to help her. When I was in Chao, I was really able to see the strength of her testimony and in the months that I was there a saw a change in her. I knew that she would be baptized someday but it was such a blessing to be able to be there and to be able to perform the ordinance. I have every certainty that Geheydi will stay active and that she will receive innumerable blessings for her constant looking to the Lord.
Geheydi, I imagine that you are smart enough to find and translate my blog so: Don't stop fighting. You still have a lot of trials to pass through. You received the Holy Ghost this week; use it. Listen to it. It will help you.
I love serving a mission. I love the people that I have met here. I love seeing people search and search and search for the truth and be able to find it.
I love you all,