Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 8, 2011 {Email}

What a sweet week!!! So much has happened this week that has just been great and very uplifting. This weekend we had our baptism planned for Emmanuel Addai and he, along with Elder Yapo and I were way excited for it. First we had to have the interview by our new district leader Elder Baron. When we got to his house Emmanuel pulled me aside and said he needed to talk to me small. I had no idea what about and i was kind of nervous it was going to be about the baptism and he wouldn't be ready. It wasn't though, he has recently been getting a lot of hard feelings from his grandmother that he lives with about joining our church. I guess she had told him and Juliet, his sister, that if she ever saw us there again they would be kicked out of the house :/. Wow, so I told him not to worry about it we can meet some other place. He has been staying faithful through all of this persecution from his grandmother and it has been really cool to see. Anyways we went to find a place to do the interview and wouldn't you know it we found a place to sit at a Pentecost church haha. It was pretty funny to see a baptismal interview done in another church. Everything went great!

On Saturday, baptism day, he said he had a football match at 2 and the baptism was going to be at 4 so he would get there right on time. I was a little worried about it, but i knew it would be ok because he really wanted to be baptized. We showed up at 3 to the baptism and wouldn't you know it, Emmanuel was already there ready for it to start!!! He told his team that he was going to have to miss the game for his baptism. Pretty awesome! The baptism went very well and he seemed very happy afterwards. Elder Yapo and I told him after to make sure he was at church early the next day because they will do the confirmations right at the beginning of the meeting.

In the morning i called him at 7:30 to make sure he would be there on time and he said he was already on his way!! Wow what a stud! He was to church one hour early because he knew the importance of what was going to happen. I talked to him for a while and discussed what was going to happen. I kept thinking how cool it would be to be the one to do the confirmation, but i knew it wouldn't happen because they always have ward members do it. Before the meeting started i gave the baptismal record to the branch president and he asked me if i wanted to do the confirmation!! I couldn't believe it, i said yes of course. Then when i was walking back to my seat i realized i have never done this before so as usual i got nervous about it. Everything went great! It was a neat experience to be able to confirm him a member and give him the holy ghost! An experience i will never forget!

Apart from Emmanuel, we also got another investigator to commit to baptism. His name is Frank and Elder Harris and I had been teaching him for a while and finally it clicked! Elder Yapo committed him and he should be baptized at the end of the month. Way sweet!

Things are sweet in Abuakwa, besides Elder Yapo rubbing it in that he only has 2 months left and i have.. a lot ha everything is cool!

Hope all is well back home! Love ya all!

Elder Rogers

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