Monday, June 2, 2014

Dan the Baptizing Man!

Well, it's June now...kinda crazy. This week was pretty intense getting everything set up for our 2 baptisms and our goal of hitting the Standards of Excellence in June. Let me start off by saying that I have no idea what is up with this weather - one day it is freezing and the next it is scorching hot! So we were literally running around this week trying to organize everything for the baptisms this week. It was hard because one of them lives about a 45 minute walk from the other and we had to visit both every day this week to make sure that everything was good, doing interviews and what not. We spent all of Friday cleaning the pool and setting up chairs and stuff. Everyday this week had beautiful weather and of course come Saturday, the day of the baptism, it was pouring rain and freezing. We weren't going to let a little rain get in the way of a day like that - we called everyone and confirmed that the baptism was still on. Surprisingly, a good amount of members still came even with the rain. The water was 3 degrees in Celsius (not sure what that is in Fahrenheit).  Our first friend had a hard time getting in but just dealt with it and got baptized. When the other one got in, there was a really powerful and unique spirit there. At about waist deep, he jumped out because of how cold it was and was shaking his head saying that he couldn't do it. He stood on the edge of the pool, bowed his head and said a prayer, closed his eyes, and got in the pool.  However, the water was too deep for him to stand so another member got in the pool with them and held him so he could be slightly above the water. The moment he got out of the water, members raced over to give him towels, get him into a hot shower, and give him warm clothes to change into because we was literally shaking of the cold. It was such a cool thing to see how strong his desire was to get baptized and how he relied completely on faith to get into the water and also how quickly the members rushed to his side to help him out. Sunday was a really cool day too because another new friend of ours came to church!  We went through the first two hours and right at the start of sacrament meeting, he came walking through the front door! We were stoked! He said he wants to prove he can change but its just a little hard getting up early.  And then today we had a pretty funny experience. We went up to the mountain like usual to do our P-Day studies. While up there, we decided it would be cool to build a bench so we went on a hike looking for giant stones and logs. We spent about two hours trying to drag 100 pound stones up the mountain (that was probably a pretty funny scene). We found the most perfect one but it was huge and we were struggling to get it up. Out of nowhere, I got this huge burst of adrenaline and swooped it up and charged up the mountain. When I finally got to our spot, I lost my grip and it slipped out of my hands. Can you imagine our disappointment when the most perfect of big rocks tumbled off the 100-ft cliff and crashed right into the lake at the bottom? Yep, that's about it for the week. Oh, we had fun sacrificing frogs to the chickens when we were cleaning out the pool!

More Churassco Fun!!!

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