This has been an awesome week here in Los Baños del Inca. This week we got to participate in the Baptism of Anderson Colorado. He is our pension’s grandson and is just awesome. He is 9, his mom Annika is a long time member but her husband Juan Carlos "Charlie" is not. For this reason they decided to wait until Anderson was 9 to get baptized so that he could receive all of the missionary lessons. Anderson understood everything we taught him surprisingly well for a 9 year old and we have also been teaching his parents, especially Charlie who wants to now set a good example and help his son to stay in this path to follow his savior Jesus Christ. The most touching part of the baptismal service was when Coringo, Anderson's Grandpa who is usually a completely jokester broke down in tears right before baptizing his grandson, and also at the end Anderson decided to get up and shared his testimony. It was a testimony so simple yet so powerful where he talked about how all of his sins were washed away (I cannot imagine a 9 year old has too many sins) and how he was now in the path to follow Jesus Christ. So simple yet so sincere, and that is how it should be.
This week in my personal studies I have been studying about a Christ like attribute which is hope. Hope is the trust and confidence that if we do all our part to be obedient then our Heavenly Father will always fulfill the promises he has made with us. Sometimes this requires a bit of patience but God will always do his part when we do ours. This confidence and faith in God's promises stems primarily from two key principles 1) that we are literally God's children. Our Father loves his children and wants us to be happy and wants us to learn, so when we show him we are learning by keeping his commandments he will bless us. 2) That Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and Died so that we can receive forgiveness of our sins, and so that we, just like him, will resurrect one day. If we always think about these two principles we will remember who we are and what our savior has done for us to allow us to receive these blessings. Throughout the course of our life we have the opportunity to make even more promises or covenants with God such as baptism. With these promises the deal is the same. If we are obedient then we can always have this surety that God will fulfill his promise to bless us. This hope is what drives us to make the decisions we do every day, and it is this hope that drives us as missionaries to go find the people the Lord has prepared to receive the Gospel.
This has been an awesome week here in Los Baños del Inca and it looks like both Elder Zapatiel and I are going to be staying here together at least one more transfer. Woo Hoo!!
1) Anderson’s baptism
2) Saying Goodbye to Elder Earl after 5 transfers in Celendi
3) Carnival funeral service
4) Carnival flags