Monday, April 18, 2016

Week #90- Lots of Invitations to Baptism

April 18, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

We didn't get transfer calls so I'm staying here in Newport News  with Elder Free and Elder Hess.

When we showed up to teach our English class on Wednesday, we saw that the Hermanas car was already parked in the parking lot. Well to be funny, I parked in the spot in front of them.  This would  make one of them have to back out the other one, since you have to have someone stand outside and back up the driver. When we came back to our car after the English class had ended we saw that our car was covered with pass along cards that have Jesus’ picture on them. They stuck them in our windows and in the gaps of our trunk. It was super funny.

It has been a super busy week! We taught a lot of investigators, we have 40 now. We set Jose, who is from Cuba, with a baptismal date of June 4th. He fully intends to be baptized on that date but I don't think he quite understands what he needs to do to meet it: come to church at least three times, and then be an active member afterwards. It’s alright though because we will help him understand what is required.

For the past few weeks I have felt that our district needs to focus on inviting people to be baptized. We set a goal as a district that we would invite 22 people to be baptized, and we ended up inviting 25. Of the 25, Elder Hess, Free, and I invited 13. We invited people in lessons but a lot of people we invited by contacting them on the street. After introducing ourselves, we said something like this, "As missionaries we help people come closer to Jesus Christ. One of the things that we do to accomplish this is to invite people to be baptized. Will you be baptized by someone who holds the authority of God?" Some people were taken aback, but many people said, “Yes, I will. When do y’all have your next baptismal service?” Sadly, we had to pass most of these people on to the English Elders since they were not Spanish speakers.  It was amazing to see how many people on the street wanted to improve their relationship with God.

Miguelina and Leapoldo are doing really well. A few hours before the lesson we were eating dinner with the Ramirez family. After dinner, she brought out a cake since it was her birthday.  We told Brother and Sister Ramirez that we didn't have time to stay and celebrate since we had to get to a scheduled lesson.  They asked us to come back after the lesson and before our appointment with Miguelina and Leapoldo. When we came back to the Ramirez’s home they told us that they had invited Miguelina and Leopoldo over and that after our lesson with them we would eat the cake. It was a really powerful lesson. We talked about baptism and the Holy Ghost. Miguelina accepted the invitation to be baptized with a very different level of commitment compared to the first time that we invited her to be baptized.  The first time we asked her about baptism she told us that she had been baptized in the Catholic Church, but she told us she wanted to feel more prepared before baptism this time. Miguelina came to church again this Sunday. Leapoldo had to work, so he couldn’t attend. After church, Miguelina told us that she is liking the church more and more each time that she attends.

I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ. He leads His church through a living prophet named Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon is vital in our testimony about the church. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

I hope that everyone has a great week!

Elder Cannon

Our District after Transfers

Our car decorated in pass along cards