15 September 2014
Well Saturday we had two baptisms. Let me tell you a little bit about it. So we went to the church at 10:30 to clean the baptismal font. Everything was good. We left to go visit people and find clothes for the people that were going to get baptized and other important stuff like that.
We arrived back at the church at 4 pm for the 5 pm baptism. We turned on the water to start filling up the font.... and there wasn't any water . . . well not exactly, the water spout was spouting out water really really slowly. And then we realized something else - there was nothing to stop the drain. And then we realized something else - I didn't have pants to baptize because I had left them in Cucuta. And then we realized that we couldn't get into the font because on either side of the font the doors were locked. And then we realized something else - the library was locked so we couldn't get hymn books. I think that about sums it up. It was not looking very good.
The other 4 missionaries arrived later with investigatores of there own that were going to watch the baptisms and we told the the problems that we had. So we decided to go into the other room and say a prayer because we needed some milagros.
First, we found a bouncey rubber ball. I am not sure where it came from or why it was in the church but it was perfect to close the drain. Second, one of the missionaries had a pair of pants to baptize and they fit me perfectly. Third, one of the missionaries was able to pick the lock on the locked door on the men's side so we could enter the baptismal font. Fourth, one of the missionaries felt impressed before he left the house to bring 4 extra hymn books, and since every other missionary had their own hymnal we didn't need to get into the library. The water was only up to my knees but we didn't have any more time so we went to do the baptisms. The locked door to the girls side was magically (or miraculously) opened, which was really good because we were baptizing a woman and her daughter. Even though water was only up to my knees the baptisms were done without any problems.
Everything changed from the moment that 6 misionarys suplicated the Lord through prayer, for miracles. Now looking back on the event I realized saw several. I saw his hand that night. The Lord's spirit was with us in the ceremony. The mother we baptized had tears of joy as she came out of the water.
Well the biggest challenge of being a missionary in Colombia is . . . one moment to create suspense . . . wait for it . . . duh dah - La Unión Libre. The prophets have prophesied that the plan of Satan is to destroy the family and make a mockery of the law of chastity. And he has been rather successful here in Colombia. The missionary who can help the people have the desire to live the law of chastity will have great success here in Colombia. I am not able to express my feelings about this. I wish you guys could see and hear what I see and hear. Anyways I am not going to talk anymore about this today.
Love, Elder Luke