by K Fletcher

The Fruit of Your Labors

This week we have been preparing for Vicente's baptism all week. I had planned on singing "Cristo, Senor" and so my lovely, wonderful companion offered to play for me. Well, that requires practice, unfortunately. What do you do when one companion needs to do paperwork on the computer and the other needs to practice the piano? Well, you bring the piano into the library!
So here we are, practicing and working when someone knocks on the door. It's the Elders, Elder Gardner and Elder Adamson. They give us the most confused look, kind of a How-did-you-get-the-piano-in-the-library look. (Hint: It has wheels). Well, they leave and we continue on. A few minute pass and we hear them playing the piano in another room. Or is it? Finally Hermana Coombs says, "did they roll a piano outside of the library?"
Yes, yes they did. 
I love our Elders. 

We also had the opportunity to give some unprecedented service when we were out tracting and came upon this scene:
Fortunately I know the dogs and they work well with cats, but they were still giving this kitten a hard time, and there were other wild dogs running rampant that I know for a fact are not nice (see white dog of previous blog post). So we rescue the little kitten, distract the dogs, and put it back on his porch. What does the kitten do? Follow us! We walked for a quarter mile trying to lose this stubborn little kitten. It didn't end up happening. So we picked him up, took him to our car and pondered what to do with him. Long story short, we took him to Nancy who knows someone with lots of animals and thought it might be his. Kitten rescued!
Now, let me tell you something. 
In the mission, weeks are long, weeks are hard, months are long and months are hard. 
But when you hear font water running in the church you simply forget all that. 
This week, Vicente was baptized. I've been with Vicente from the beginning and for 8 months he has learned about the gospel, attended church, and read in the Book of Mormon. Now he has received the first ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ, baptism by immersion and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. And he glows!
The baptismal service was one of the best I've been to. He was baptized by Brother Garcia, his friend who introduced him to the gospel, and he was confirmed by Brother Heath an older gentleman who doesn't speak much Spanish but sure knows how to love people. After Vicente was baptized, he and Brother Garcia hugged for what seemed like eternity. Hermana Coombs, Bishop, and I turned to Narcisa (who should be baptized soon) and she was wiping away tears in her eyes. 
I just want to let you all know that "if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" Doctrine & Covenants 18:15
The joy is great indeed.

Con Amor,
Hermana Fletcher

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