Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jared Wednesday Update - 07/15/09

Picture of Marlene's baptism. I love the smile on her face. She looks so happy. Apparently it looks like my eyes are going to pop out of my head. haha oh there are also some pics from the 4th when we had fried Oreos, only in the south. mmmmmmm so good but yet so bad for you. haha!!! I Luv it!

Jared was blessed with another baptism. He and his companion have been teaching Marlene for quite a while. He writes, "[t]his past week has been pretty awesome!! Sunday was totally amazing. I have never had a more spiritual baptism in my entire mission. Marlene was baptized this past Sunday and it was great. Everything went really smoothly and well. The talks were wonderful. I'll kinda give you the rundown of what happened. Marlene came to church and that was great. One of her friends that she invited, who we taught the previous Friday, Jazmyne, came to church as well. She really enjoyed it. After church things were pretty hectic. They always seem to be when it's baptism day. Filling up the font, getting clothes and everything for the baptizee. So we got Marlene her clothes and stuff. Then we had to get the typical missionary picture with the investigator. We usually do ours by the picture of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. I play the prelude before the baptisms. I think I've done it at every baptism I've been too. I really enjoy it. Brother Phil, our recent convert who was baptized the end of march gave the opening prayer. He's such a funny guy, a wonderful member too. Sister Williams gave the talk before the ordinance on baptism. She is a great speaker. She is one of the seminary teachers in the ward and she is really knowledgeable about the gospel. He talk was mostly centered on the power of covenants. Then we all walked over to the baptismal font. In this building it's located in the nursery. Kinda a weird spot but it works. Elder Allred was the one who was performing the baptism. He was super nervous because it was his first time baptizing somebody. When Marlene stepped into the water she suddenly felt the spirit and started to cry. You could tell she was so happy and excited. Then Allred said the prayer and she came back up. She described the experience as when she went under the water she felt the spirit just wrap around her entire body and a burning sensation all over. . . While they were changing we watched special witnesses of Christ. It's a movie with the Apostles and the Prophet baring their testimonies about the restoration of the gospel and of Jesus Christ. It's a really spiritual movie. They came in then we had a musical number. I played the piano and Elder Humphrey sang a duet with Sis Meranto. During the second verse President and Sister Tate walked in late because they were at a meeting with Elder Cornish from the 70 in Birmingham. He told us to not start the meeting late. The musical number was amazing. I really loved playing the piano for it. Marlene was balling during it and Allred had to grab her some tissues. Brother and Sister Robinson then gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. It was great. Then the Bishop bore his testimony. President Tate then bore his testimony followed by Marlene. She got up there and bore such a powerful testimony of how the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is true scripture and more revelation. She said this is the only true church on the earth. She almost started to preach to us and every sentence ended with the word amen. It was pretty funny. So over all the baptism was great. I loved it. We got her History of the church for her to read. Sis Robinson gave her the entire set, all 7 volumes."

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