This Black Friday our sweet investigator, Sonia, got all dressed in white and was baptized! It was a great experience and let me tell you why:
Sonia had a hard week. She had told her family in Venezuela about her baptism and received only negative comments in reply. She tells us that they just don’t understand and that she still believed that it was the right thing to do. On the day of the baptism she asked to get off work a couple of hours early to be at the church on time. When her boss asked why she was not happy that Sonia would be baptized in the mormon church. Apparently her boss was so very angry that she told her it would be better not to come back. So, Sonia quit her job and is currently looking for another. It’s not an easy thing to find a job as a foreigner with no real connections. The other source of opposition came from the weather. Sonia always tells us that she is cold-no matter the weather. So, after a day of clouds she told us that her bones were so cold that the thought of being submerged in water was terrifying. However, she shared that once she put on her baptismal gown, the cold was taken away. “It was as if I had heat coming out of my heart.” Then, (thanks to our wonderful Ward Mission Leader) the water in the font was warm as a jacuzzi. Sonia was very pleased.
I am so grateful for her example of doing the will of God instead of yielding to the will of men. I know that she knows the church is true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that nothing else really matters.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and could find some people to serve. Here is a picture of me enjoying an Ecuadorian Thanksgiving at the President’s house. It was delicious and I ate way too much.