This week has been a little slow but finished with a big bang!!! Maria Elena Franco Johnson (I know, 4 names right) got baptized on Saturday and was confirmed on Sunday. The font took a little while to fill though. It took a total of 1 hour and 5 minutes. That 5 minutes cut a little into the opening hymn. It was building stress on the both of us. From now on, I am going to blast the water in at the beginning, then turn off the cold water later and let the hot water run for it to warm up. I also thought that the drain was going and I thought it wasn't completely plugged. I later learned that the draining sound was the overflow. I felt really dumb after that experience. When she was confirmed yesterday, she had tears of joy because she found the true gospel in her life. She was Catholic before and was kind of questioning it.
Elder Shepherd, Elder Guernsey, and Elder Peterson were moving a member in the retirement complex when a man, Richard (in the picture), called out to the elders saying he wanted to introduce them to his girlfriend. She said that she wanted to learn. She just didn't know that she was going to be baptized in a month. They have also announced their wedding. It's going to be May 14th-- next month. It was some exciting news.
Also this week, we invited Marsha Baker to the baptism and she loved it and the music. She also came to the ward 'old Texan dinner'. There even was a fiddler. My family, especially my younger sister, would have loved it. There were even some little kids that decided to dance in the middle in front of the fiddler as you can see in the back of the picture. It was a chili cook off with desserts and some pastas as well. Overall, Saturday was a great night of baptism and party.
On Sunday, there was also a fast and testimony meeting because of General Conference. I was hoping Maria would bear her testimony of what she came to find was true, but she's still learning herself and I'm not pushing anything on anybody if they feel uncomfortable. Also that night, we were asked to help out with mission preparation class for the stake. We role played 2 situations that teenagers face in a high school setting. We helped them understand how to place a Book of Mormon and its importance in the Mormon Faith.
These are the exciting moments of my week.
Maria Johnson's Baptism