(November 17, 2016)
Saying farewell to my former companion Elder 김인수
Elder Stradling, Jared, Bryan, President and Sister Barrow, and I
Bryan & 백성호 침례식
Well this week was full of lots of hard work and a great result because of it. Although much of our week turned into preparation, baptismal interviews, tracking down baptismal clothes, practicing musical numbers, and figuring out how to fill the 중리 ward baptismal font everything came together for a great baptismal service this last Sunday. Following our normal church meeting, we held the baptismal service at 2 o’clock and both our investigator Bryan, and the sister’s investigator brother 백성호 enjoyed a great day and one that they will remember for the rest of their lives. A recently reactivated member that we have been meeting with for a while, Jared – Bryan’s uncle, was able to baptize his nephew and one of the young single adults in the ward, brother 백석현 – brother 백성호’s son, was able to baptize his father. It was especially cool because (after printing it out to be able to confirm) Jared was able to baptize him in the Tagalog language, a language he could fully understand. Both Bryan and Jared shared with us their joy and bryan gave a moving testimony following his baptism during the meeting. He shared how much the gospel had changed his life and his feeling of happiness and cleanliness. Jared shared with us later that he felt happy that he was able to do missionary work and be involved in finding teaching and baptizing even though he did not serve a full time mission of his own.
President and Sister Barrow and their son ben also attended our ward that Sunday for church and stayed after for the baptism. They all gave us great talks (including Ben, whose remarks I translated up in front of everyone) and participated in Sunday School and priesthood and the baptism. Another less active Alex also spoke at the baptism and should confirm Bryan this following Sunday in Tagalog as well. Us missionaries performed a musical number about baptism from the children’s song book which we split up into english and korean and it turned out really well. We had a large amount of people who were able to come as well, including almost all of our ward and several other members of the Stake who knew brother 백 through the stake soccer activities. We even had one of our other investigators and 2 other less actives there at the service and our investigator shared with us that he really enjoyed seeing the ordinance and felt peace during the meeting. All in all everything turned out better than we expected and we ended the day (the last day of the transfer) happy and pleased. We are truly blessed to be involved in such a process. Now we just have to work with our investigators and find more in order to do it again!
Well it is the start of a new transfer and Elder Stradling and I, and even the 중리 sister missionaries have all stayed the same. Yesterday we woke up at 4 in the morning and rode the train down to Busan for a day of meetings (a half training meeting, a leadership training meeting, and the transfer meeting) and are looking forward to another great transfer to come. Elder Stradling and I are working hard and are truly being blessed for it. It is really cool to be involved in such a work and I can honestly feel the meaning of this scripture.
“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; and 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 and Covenants 18:10,15)
This truly is the Lord’s work and I am glad to be a part of it. I know that God is guiding us as missionaries and all of us as his children. This is the restored church that Jesus Christ established. Through the gospel it is centered on we can return to live with God in a state of never ending happiness.
Have a great week! Lots of love from 대구 Korea!