It has been another great week! One of our investigators was baptized on Saturday. We chose the perfect time to have the baptism on Saturday. Just about 15 minutes before the baptism it started to pour outside. It was raining really hard. People were getting soaked from running from their car into the church. It caused a little bit of a delay, but everything worked out. His daughter who is older and has a son came to the baptism. She really liked it and the ward members made her feel welcome. I think she is going to start taking the lessons soon. She doesn't live in our area, but I'm excited to find out what happens.
There were some great things that happened this week. The part member family that we have been working with for a while now came to our mission choir concert on Thursday. One of our new member's has a daughter who was in the primary program on Sunday. The Crystal Shores ward had another activity. It was a fiesta game night. There were a couple of non-members and a couple of less active members there. The ward missionaries are having a great time putting these parties together and they are having some great success. I also went on exchanges with one of the elders in the district. There is always something going on!
We had the expanded zone conference this week. It was great! The focus of the message at the zone conference was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They really talked about a lot of different things, but that was the main message. They also talked a lot about how to invite people and all the things to invite people too.
Now that we also teach lesson 5 in Preach My Gospel before baptism we have a couple more lessons than usual. One of the things we teach in lesson 5 is about the temple and how families can be eternal. It was really neat to teach him about that because in the church he use to go to, they didn't believe that at all. Some people believe they will be with their families in heaven, but they didn't. I thought about that later and how awesome it is to teach people that their family can be together forever. We read this part of The Family: A Proclamation to the Worldwith him “The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.” I'm so grateful that we know that and the great happiness that it brings. In missionary work we should always remember to strengthen families. Pres. Nattress has said that we find to teach, teach to baptize, and baptize to seal. That should be our vision for everyone that we teach. I was also reading Elder Scott's talk this last general conference. In it he said, "Remember that the conversion of individuals is only part of the work. Always seek to strengthen families. Teach with a vision of the importance of families being sealed in the temple....When you have the vision of the sealing ordinances of the temple, you will help build the kingdom of God on earth."
I'm super excited for general conference! I have been really excited for several weeks and it is finally almost here! Hopefully we will get some people to come watch it with us.
Thank you for all of your prayers! I love you all so much! Hope you all have another great week!
Elder Joshua Gandy