This week had it's ups and downs, but it ended on a really good note-- with a baptism! I met Joe and Brandon tracking just 10 days after I arrived in the area back in October. We were early to an appointment so we decided to knock a few houses in the area and we ran into Joe! We taught him a few days later and he's been reading the Book of Mormon ever since. It's been neat to see their conversion process. Brandon has the faith of a child-- so simple yet strong. He's already looking forward to getting the priesthood and serving a mission one day. Joe's conversion was much more gradual, but he is so strong and so excited to be part of the church-- I can just see him being a strong contributing member of the ward for years to come. They came the next day for their confirmation and the spirit was also so strong.
Some of the missionaries have a baptism song they sing to the tune of "You've had a birthday" that's fun:
"You have a baptism shout hurray!
We want to sing to you today.
One more soul to enter God's kingdom!
Have a happy (clap) baptism"
Yes it's a little cheesy, but it's so exciting to think of two more souls being able to enter God's kingdom because they chose to get baptized. We're so excited for Brother and Brother Feliciano!
Joe and Brandon's baptism
This is the sunsphere which was built for the 1982 World's Fair.