Friday, July 29, 2011

Hey everyone!!!!! So this week was pretty good. Just two days ago we had an amazing baptism. A lady named Maria del Carmen, her daughter Laura, and a young kid named Didier. It was great. A whole lot of members came and the Spirit was so strong. We have another baptism of four this mext weekend and another of five the next. Things are going really good.

Just the other day this elder got hurt playing soccer so we had to drive him to the hospital. We went and picked him up from where they were playing at about 11 in the morning and we got home at about 10 at night. We were there all day. It was such a long day. I guess these are just things that we have to do as assistants. The next day there we special changes and a few elders never got the news about their change, so once again we had to go drive around the whole city to pick up and drop off missionaries. We started at about seven o'clock in the afternoon and got home at about 11. Another long day. But the baptism on wednesday made up for all of that.

So I want to tell you the story about Didier. My companion and I started teaching his parents about three months ago when I was in the area for the first time. When I left the assistants, Elder Jessup and Elder Carreon kept teaching them. Then I got changed back to the area with Elder Jessup and they were still in teaching and were really close to getting baptized. One day we went over to visit them and the mom, Angelica, tells us that their 17 year old son, Didier, was watching the movie we left them about Christ and said that he would like to get baptized like Jesus got baptized. Elder Jessup and I were pretty excited because we had never met this kid, because he was always working, and he already wants to get baptized. We set up another appointment to talk to him and left. When we went to the appointment, he was happy to see us and we started talking. We asked him about the movie and he said he really liked it. We then asked him if he would like to get baptized like Jesus got baptized and he said yes. We then asked if he would get baptized on the 27th and he said no. We were both kind of confused because he had just said yes like two minutes ago. So we asked him why not. He said,"Because nobody baptizes like that. They just sprinkle water on your head." We kind of laughed and told him that in the Church of Jesus Christ we baptize just like Jesus got baptized. He smiled and said, "Oh, okay then. I will get baptized." This next friday his parents and going to be getting married and baptized the week after. They are such an awesome family.

Well, I hope you are all doing great. I love you so much and I know that this church is true and the only true church in the world. I know because the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead has told me so. Smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Ricks

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