Elder Tanner Nelson
Okay, first off, I have to say, I'd rather eat mundungo than cow intestines...just sayin.... (note from mom….One is cow stomach, and the other cow intestines. I think it’s funny that he has a preference between those 2 options. Ew.) J
And....................OBDELI GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so so sooooooo amazing. We had stake conference this weekend, and so we went to church early to start filling the font. So then conference ended, and guess what? No obdeli. His dad was there and everyone from the branch that was staying was there, but no Obdeli. We had told everyone it was going to start at 12:30, right after stake conference, just because everyone runs on hispanic time and comes late to everything....So we were actually planning to start at 1. Pres. and Sis. Jeppson were there, our zone leaders, district leaders, and the AP's were there, but the guy who was going to be baptized wasn't even there!!!!! He finally rolled in at about 1:15, and we ran him into the dressing room and finally started at about 1:30. I translated for Sis. Jeppson, and we sang (side note, when we were singing, sis Jeppson said I have a beautiful voice ;)) Then came time for the baptism. We escorted him to the door. We watched from the side door. Obdeli was so nervous - he was shaking. But he followed his dad down into the water, and they got right into position. His dad closed his eyes, and said the prayer from memory. "Basilio Obdeli Gomez Luis, habiendo sido comisionado por Jesucristo, yo te bautizo en el nombre........." and then he went down into the water. As soon as he came up, he wiped the water out of his eyes, and then him and his dad embraced and just bawled together for about 3 minutes!! It was so amazing - the spirit was so strong!! You could definitely feel the love they have for each other and for their desires to do what's right.
And guess what? That's the first baptism my area has had in almost 3 YEARS!!!!
Like I said, this weekend was our stake conference. The Focus was on, "Because I have been given much I too must give." It was really really good!! I felt again that the principle of fasting was true. That as we fast and pay our fast offerings, we are helping to build God's kingdom. I can especially see it in action because we have this family in our branch, the Padillas, who literally have nothing. We've opened their fridge a few times, and there isn't even enough food to feed Elder diaz and I for two meals. And they have the two parents and three kids, ages 12, 11, and 9. The kids are so tiny. It's horrrible to see!! But every time we go over there, they always offer to give us something. It's so humbling to see, that even when they have nothing, they are so willing to give. So just remember, we have been given much, so it is our responsibility to give according to what we can.