Monday, August 29, 2016

08-22-16 to 08-29-16 The Muñoz family's baptism!

PHEW!  This week was a stressful one.  But it ended great because the MUÑOZ FAMILY GOT BAPTIZED!  SO HAPPY! 

So Monday, we met with the Muñoz mom and her daughters and talked about their baptism and the mom said that for her, Saturday was a NO MATTER WHAT.  So while repassing the baptismal questions, we came across one that she had to talk with the Patriarch (as assigned by president). We were happy she said something so we could get them all good to go before Saturday!

Tuesday we couldnt meet with The Muñoz's but we met with E. He's not doing so good... he's been getting really bad depression lately which is sad because he's usually really happy and annoying! haha we love him a lot.  So he made the decision to get profession help in the Mental hospital in Pasto

Wednesday we called and set up everything for the Muñoz family to get interviewed that night.  When they showed up, the mom went straight with the patriarch and we stayed with the 2 girls.  But when i asked who wanted to go first, one girl said "my dad doesn't get here until Sunday... and he still doesn't want me to get baptized..." I WAS SO MAD!  He said he'd get here Thursday!  But we still did their interviews and obviously they did great. 

Thursday we worked all day but around 6:30pm, Elder Miranda got sick with some food poisoning and was basically in the bathroom the rest of the day. 

Friday we met with the Muñoz family and it was a basically "well?  Are you gonna do it or are you not gonna do it?" lesson.  The mom expressed to us that she's felt like EVERYTHING has been against her since she's made the decision to be baptized.  Her friends mock her for not wanting to go to clubs anymore, her fiancè was being a jerk about it, saying he was against it, and her job has been REALLY demanding lately. So I read the Scripture in 1 Nephi 14 that says:

12 And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw.

13 And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the  face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God.

14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.

I explained that as members of the Church, Satan is going to do everything he can to make us falter, but that God's power and glory is over us.  And the end of the night, all 3 made the right decision. They all decided to get baptized!

Saturday was their baptism!  But the trials weren't over... we told all the members to come at 5:30pm and told the Muñoz family 6 because the members here always come late. Well it didnt work. it was 6:30, Andrea and her girls were waiting for half an hour and 2 members showed up. We didnt even have a priesthood holder to start. At 6:45 FINALLY the 1st counselor came. I was so ticked. Andrea looked worried and kind of sad. How embarrassing. But we started and everything turned out okay. I got to baptize all 3! (Vivian twice because i said her name wrong haha)
They were all SO happy!

Sunday they got confirmed!

This was my last baptism in the mission.  And if there's something that i've learned in my mission, there doesn't exist easy baptisms. There is ALWAYS opposition. But if we're faithful, Satan NEVER wins. I'm so grateful i've been able to help these souls come unto Christ. But i'm not done, i still have 2 weeks to find people! 

This is basically my last week in the mission because next week I'll be in Cali everyday besides Monday and Friday. It's been real. 
Love you all!
Elder Welch

 "Filling up the font!"

 "Waiting for the font to fill up"

 "All in white!!"
(Elder Welch's mom can't quit smiling :) 
Can it get any better than this?)

 "with the sign"

"With their family"

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