Baptism of Natayla and Joanne
Well I definitely had a humbling experience at the very beginning of the week. On Monday night, we had a baptismal interview with Joanne and Natayla, and I was honestly pretty worried. I think I really forgot that the Lord is the one who prepares people for baptism, not me and Sister Leasi. And she had had a pretty miraculous experience the day before that confirmed to her that this was all true, and that she was heading in the right direction. It was really a testimony to me just how in charge God is. He knows what He is doing, and I shouldn't try and interfere with that. It definitely put me in my place! But it was very exciting to be a part of their journey to the waters of baptism. They had a death in the family just a day after the interview, I think the Adversary was really trying to test their faith, but they pulled through the hard time and made it to the gate called baptism.
They had asked me to speak on baptism and S. Leasi to speak on the gift of the Holy Ghost. A few hours before the baptism on Saturday, Sister Leasi and I are driving around going to our usual Saturday morning correlation meetings when we suddenly receive a text message. It was from President Brinkerhoff. "Sisters, what time and where will your baptism take place this afternoon?" My heart stopped. Oh man. President and Sister Brinkerhoff were coming to our baptism. We texted him back the time and place of the baptism (a little reluctantly, I hate to say). We arrived at the baptism early to make preparations and such, and our nerves were quite on edge. But when the baptism started, we looked around, and no President or Sister Brinkerhoff. *Whew!* I don't know why it feels so nerve-wracking to have the President come to your baptism, but it just is. You want to make sure everything goes perfectly. And sometimes at a baptism, not everything goes totally smooth.
Anyway, I got up and began my talk on baptism. I based a large part of my talk on Elder Bednar's talk "Ye Must Be Born Again" where he compares conversion to the process by which a cucumber becomes a pickle. Everyone was quite puzzled when I brought out a giant pickle jar and a cucumber, but it made a lot more sense once I started comparing it to baptism and life-long conversion. About halfway through my talk, guess who snuck in through the back? Yep. The President and his wife. Well I finished my talk and all went well. Both Natayla and Joanne were baptized and everything went as planned. The President and his wife talk to us afterwards, congratulated us, gave us a few suggestions on the baptismal service, etc. It was a good day.
DawnRae is preparing for baptism this Easter Sunday! What a great way to celebrate the Resurrection of the Savior--with a baptism! :D She is still going strong with the quitting and is getting excited for the big day. We are making plans and such and everyone is really excited. Can't wait for this week and all that it will bring!
Love you all so much!