Bronson and his companion had a baptism. His name is Alejandro. Read all about the exciting day of the baptism below! Also, we were able to Skype with him on Christmas day for an hour and a half. We had a lot of laughs and even took some pictures.
Alejandro was baptized on Saturday! How did it happen? Well, it’s a really long story. On the morning of the baptism, we had our morning study as usual. After that, we went to the church to get everything ready. The font was full of gross water. We drained most of it, but the pump couldn’t get the last of it out. We had to use mops and buckets, but that didn’t work very well. We did the best we could. When we started to fill the font, we found that there was no hot water (whomever was the last person to use the water heater didn’t turn it off, so all of the fuel had been used up). We ran out and bought a heating rod in a materials store that you just plug into the wall and place in the water. We filled up the mop bucket with water and started trying to heat that up. We finally got the font filled with semi-warm water. So, the time for the baptism came and everyone arrived, EXCEPT Alejandro, the person that was going to be baptized. Yep, that minute he called us and wanted to do it another day. My companion and I found a room in the church and prayed to know what to do. After the prayer, we both stood up and ran from the church to go and talk to him to see what was wrong. On our way to him, he called us again to see if we were still there at the church. As we re-assured him that he was doing the right thing, and bore our testimonies (picture two missionaries sitting on a curb, having an emotional conversation on a cell phone).
He told us that he needed to grab his things and to meet us at the church. We naturally high-fived each other and ran all the way back to the church. At this point all the members who had gathered for the baptismal service had started to leave– they had been there for a couple of hours. When Alejandro was baptized, we had about 8 people there to support him. It actually went really well, considering what had just happened. It was a super scare though, we thought we would have lost a baptism.
In other news, we have started teaching a weekly English class. We’re actually getting several people to teach the discussions to as a result!
We have a few people being taught right now that are really progressing towards baptism. They are a family of five, but the dad doesn’t want anything to do with us right now. Adrian, one of the kids in the family, is the only one that is going to church and the most interested. He has an older sister and an older brother. They are all above the ages of 19. Please keep all of them in your prayers.
Elder Bronson Miner