Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Elder Zach Taylor - Woooo!

This weekend has been one of the best, if not the best in my mission so far. The week was spent mostly in Natalio because we had a meeting over there and it rained; and since it`s a dirt road to our area we couldn`t get back for a few days because of the mud.. but anyway now for the baptism.
In the morning, we went to go clean up the area by the river where we were going to have the baptism. As we were leaving, the assistants to the president called us. One of them, Elder Leiva, is ending his mission this week. Since you don`t really get the chance to baptize as one of the assistants, he wanted to come to our baptismal service to end his mission. It was fun to have extra company. 
The baptism was scheduled to start at 2 in the afternoon. We went over to Brother Ramirez`s house to have the meeting before the actual baptism. Just as we were about to start, Graciela, who is the mom of the family getting baptized, got sick. Apparently she has gastritis and it was acting up. It seems like something always has to happen to try to stop the baptism from happening. But we gave her a priesthood blessing, and luckily Brother Ramirez and his wife sell medicine so they knew what to give her. She got better quickly and we were able to start just as the assistants arrived. There were actually 4 more elders, one was the secretary and another was the to be assistant. It was fun having all of them there. 
The baptism was awesome, the Benitez family were all just so happy to be getting baptized. We all felt the spirit that day. I can`t really describe it well, but it was such a happy moment for all of us. We ate dinner at the Benitez`s house that night with everyone. My companion gave them his scriptures and we both wrote a note inside of them. It was a good day. 
Church yesterday was also amazing. We had another family, the Barrios family, that we`ve been teaching show up, luckily just in time for one of the most spiritual meetings I`ve had. We did the 4  confirmations and also 2 baby blessings of another recent convert. When the time came for testimonies, Graciela and also her 10 year old daughter Paula bore theirs. Paulas`s was so sweet.. seriously it was one of the best things ever to see her go up and say that she knows the church and the Book of Mormon are true. 
It was kind of sad as well since my companion`s leaving this week. It was fun to be with him. He taught me a lot. I definitely worked harder than any time in my mission until now also. Its been a good 6 weeks, and this was an awesome way to end it. 
Hope you all have a good week!
Elder Taylor 


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