We were so very happy to be a part in the baptisms of Juan Carlos and Horacio on Saturday! It makes me so happy to see how happy they are to be members of Christ's Church. The change in Juan Carlos is literally remarkable. We first met and taught him on January 29th and he was baptized on March 29th. We have seen him come from a very hard-hearted man to a man who desires to learn and progress all throughout his life. He will be traveling with the branch to the Temple in April! I think what has really helped him the most is that he actually keeps his commitments and feels accepted by ward members. He was baptized by Hermano Villalva who is one of his long time friends/co-workers. He will be a great asset to the branch, and I know he will progress steadily throughout his life! Horacio was more than excited to be baptized on Saturday, too. It is a great feeling to know that we help to baptize worthy converts! And people that will be a blessing and not a burden to the branch!
Also, I was sitting next to Juan Carlos during the Sunday Morning session of Stake Conference, (president Carter spoke at our stake conference) and when you said that Going to church on the sabbath day every week is one of the 10 Commandments, and that the whole world knows about it, Juan Carlos was SO in agreement with that! It was just so obvious to him! He hadn't gone to church for years and years because he thought they all were "lucro", but with his knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is the very opposite to him. It has been a privilege to work with him in his progression!
I love that I get to be a part of this great work! President Carter Spoke in our Stake Conference, and something he said really hit me! It was raining that day, and the branches in the stake (District, really) are having attendance problems becuase of lame excuses.. President said in his talk that is is much easier to clean your wet shoes from walking to church in the rain than it is to have to REPENT for not keeping this very simple and VITAL commandment! Woo! I love that concept. Go to church people! Its 3 hours out of your WEEK. Christ gave up His life for us, we can go to church to worship him for 3 hours. The way President Carter speaks and explains things is so..... very clear! Its like, DUH! haha :) I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is so plain and simple to understand! It is for everyone. EVERYONE. :)
I love you all! Keep being AWSOME!! Choose the right, and remember who you are! *Simba