Monday, October 21, 2013

A Baptism and General Authority in One Weekend!

Hello family!

Well it is getting so beautiful here in Ohio! Leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping fast! I love the fall!
So here are the awesome highlights for the week. So Tuesday was transfers and we lost Elder Tolley which was really sad but now it is just Elder Peters and I. After transfers on Tuesday we had two elders spend the night with us because their apartment was not ready quite yet. Well we had an amazing night with them. The 2 missionaries that were with us were Elder Patch and Elder Marler. Elder Patch went to Timpview (He actually knew a few people I did like the Naylors) Well Elder Patch played volleyball for BYU. He is 6'8". He was so awesome! He is one of the nicest, most genuine people I have met. He went with me that night. We were able to see some investigators. One was Lucinda and Tabby. Tabby had an amazing experience with prayer the past week. She now knows that God is really there and listening. We met with her on Tuesday and she was at 1 Nephi 16 and by the time we talked to her on Sunday when she came to church she had read all the way to 2 Nephi 5. We were so proud of her because reading and coming to church has been a struggle for her but now she is doing both very well!
Well the rest of the week was pretty much normal awesome missionary work. Did some finding and taught some investigators, served some ward members, but majority of the week was spent preparing for the baptism of Breinna which was absolutely amazing.
Breinna is the deaf girl that got hit by the car last Saturday! She has the strongest testimony of anyone I have seen. Her mom said the first worry when she got hit by the car was we would have to reschedule to baptism. Then she kept telling us that not even a car can stop her from getting baptized! Her faith compares to no other person I have met on my mission.  A small 9 year old girl understood the priesthood when we gave her a blessing. She said she could feel the power of the priesthood help her be healed. It was a beautiful baptism on Saturday as her father was able to baptize her. She shared her testimony with all of the people there. Needless to say I don't think there was a dry eye in there. Her mom could barely interpret between the tears. The spirit was so strong as she gave a powerful witness of the divinity of Christ, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the power of the priesthood, and the reality of our Father in Heaven. She was also confirmed Sunday morning in Sacrament.
Then Sunday we had a random Leadership council with all the Zone Leaders, District Leaders, and Sister Training leaders. Well it was a total surprise but Elder Lynn G. Robins of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy. He taught us for 3 hours on agency and responsiblity. Life lessons were definitely learned as he taught us the principles and the doctrine surrounding these 2 complementary gospel doctrines.
Well I got my package this week so thank you so much! I am doing very well! I have heard nothing concerning the visa this week. Oh well! I am loving it here to much to be worried about where I am serving the Lord, as long as I am worthily serving Him that is all that matters!

Elder Baird 

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