Monday, May 17, 2010

Ocala, FL Letter #13 May 17, 2010

Well, well, well,
This week has been really good so far. The two little girls Kayla and Kayara were baptized on Tuesday!! Both twins, and probably one of the scariest baptisms I have had so far on my mission. Here is what happened. We get to their house, and we have a member of the ward Madi take them to the church, but while they were getting in the car I asked them, “So are you girls excited to be baptized?!! Kayla said yes, but Kayara just silently shook her head... no. Well come to find out she was afraid of the I promised her “It all would be all right and I wouldn't let anything bad happen to her.”

We arrived at the church, got them all ready, and dressed in their white clothes. We took pictures and all that fun stuff. Then comes time for the baptisms; well Kayla went off without a hitch. She actually jumped in the water, was baptized and then started swimming around! Ha-ha! But Kayara just stood by the door and said, “That she didn't want to get baptized anymore.” Her sister kept telling her to come in the water. I was trying to make her feel comfortable, by talking to her and showing her how much fun her sister was having. Even the Bishop was trying his best to get her into the water, but she wasn’t moving, not even a step.

Finally she slowly she got in the water, but she didn't want me to dunk her. She said, “She wanted to do it by herself,” (yes that’s right she wanted to baptize herself!) So then, I gave her a very solemn pinky promise that I wouldn't let anything bad happen to her. Then she made me a pinky promise that she would trust me. But she still didn't want to do it!! This little girl broke a pinky promise!! guh,...can you believe that? Finally, she tested out the water a little more, and a little more, then finally we got her to agree to the baptism. After all, of that, she then started swimming in the font and telling me, she didn't want to get out!! What? Certainly one of the craziest things I have seen while on my mission. Those two little girls were so sweet, and afterwards their smiles were stretched across their face until it reached right up to their ears!!

Also, this week Sean got baptized (an investigator we have been working with for awhile), yep he finally got dunked as well; and his baptism was a lot smoother! Seriously though both were really good and amazingly spiritual baptisms. Sean also said that when I get home he will run me through all the dungeons I want; so that he can get me to lvl 80 in WOW (heck ya! Lol. Can I hear ya'll say money!)

Another really neat thing happened this last week. About 3 weeks ago, we were called by some ward member that was from Williston Ward. She asked us if we could come and give her aunt a blessing, so we did. The doctors had told the family that she really wouldn't make it much longer and that she only had a few days to live. We gave her a blessing that evening. Well, the ward member called us yesterday and told us that during the blessing her aunt was promised that she would make a full recovery and would be healed. The next day she was out of a coma and sitting up and having a full conversation with family members. Now she is being transferred to Tampa to be re-diagnosed and cured. So that was also something that was really cool to have them call and tell us all of that! Wow, I was shocked, and that is an understatement!

So all in all, it was a really neat week. I am very, very, grateful to be out here and doing the work I am doing. It is so rewarding, I wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else but on my mission and I am sure you see why after reading all of this.
OK I got about 30 seconds left on this pc so good-bye for now and remember I sure love you guys!

Love Elder “Pinky Promise” Blair

PS I talked to Elder See yesterday and he sounded really happy that he got to meet you guys at the airport!