Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 6, 2012

Querida familia,

Buenos días! Good grief, it is March already. We have had a very busy week. We had Daisy and Marlen's baptism on Saturday night, performed by the husband/father Fili. It was a really great baptismal service. There were tons of nonmember family there. The next day, Daisy even got up in testimony meeting and bore her testimony to the entire ward! It was awesome. She is going to be such a good member. Her entire teaching process, from start to finish, lasted only about four weeks. The baptism was quite an adventure as well. We forgot to turn the water faucet off before the baptismal service, so by the time we went back to the room to do the ordinance (we had so many people at the baptism that we had to do the service in the chapel!), the font was overflowing. Good times. This week, we are going to try to get into contact with every nonmember who was at the service.

We should be having another baptism this Saturday, as well, for the nonmember mother of a missionary serving in the Ventura mission. I am sure he was excited to see his mom's e-mail saying that she was getting baptized. The Lord definitely pours out blessings on missionaries' families. Coincidentally, she is from Peru, which is only the second person I have baptized on my mission not from Mexico (the first being Daisy, who is from Guatemala). She is very excited for her baptism. . . .

Wow, and we had such a miracle last night. Did I already mention that last week we started teaching the mother of a young man who goes to the San Clemente Spanish ward? We had another lesson with her last night, and we felt like we shouldn't teach what we had planned (the Plan of Salvation). We couldn't figure out anything that we felt like was right, so I just told Elder Chavez to go by the Spirit, and that I would follow whatever he did--and he went for the Hail Mary. We talked about covenants and how being baptized is something that she needs to do ASAP, and she accepted a baptismal date! She has been taught for seven years (she said that the sisters at the Church who know her won't believe that she is actually getting baptized). We are so excited. Well done, Elder Chavez!

Speaking of Elder Chavez, on a funny note, he was actually proposed to this week. We were coming out of a lesson with María and contacted two high school girls who apparently liked Elder Chavez a lot, because one of them just suddenly burst out, "CAN I MARRY YOU???" It definitely took us off guard, haha. I looked at him and her and then I said, "Well, time to go." They tried to keep talking to us, and then the other girl asked him "So, are you allowed to give hugs?" At this point I decided to respond for Elder Chavez (who was having a hard time saying anything) and I said, "Okay, now it's really time for us to go." It was so funny.

Well, I think that's about all for now. The work is great, we are having fun, and Elder Chavez still doesn't know that I don't have a year left. Talk to you later,

Love,

Elder Gibbons

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