How's everyone doing? Hopefully good. I´m good. I'm just, you know, here in Mexico livin the dream. This week was super good because we ended it with a baptism! It obviously was an amazing experience but in typical Elder Foust fashion, it wasn't without a bunch of random obstacles.
So Saturday, day of the baptism, we run to the church early in the morning to get the baptism font all ready for the service at 11:30. My experience in preparing for a baptism here in the mission has always been interesting so I knew that today probably wouldn't be without it's fair amount of difficulties. We arrive at the scene and within 15 min this is the situation. 1) The font is full of dirty water 2)The pump to get the dirty water out doesn't work properly 3) No one has keyes to open the boiler so that we have warm water. Well to fix problems #1 and 2 we take buckets and slowly and tiringly scoop out all the dirty water. Yes, bucketful by bucketful we drained the entire font. I was beyond exhausted after that. Finally, I start cleaning. However, it was difficult without being able to drain the water. Luckily, Elder Keyes came to help with English classes and brought all his wonderful Canadian wisdom as well. The pump did work, it was just broken in a way that we couldn't prime it properly. However, he reminds us that we can suck on the pipe to provide sufficient pressure to get the water to drain. Not many willing volunteers to suck out disgusting water from a rusty old pipe, so I accepted the role. So I start doing it and I'm scared to get a mouthful of the remaining dirty water from the font but Keyes just tells me to, ¨listen¨ for when the water comes. A few minutes and a mouthful of brown water later, I fail to ¨listen¨ to the water as it comes. Anything for a baptism right? Elder Keyes also found the key to the boiler in the closet so that I could have my first slightly warm baptism. Well started off interestingly, but gracias to Elder Keyes. We were perfectly prepared for our baptism. God bless Canada!
The service went amazingly well! Our investigator is the only one from her family that is a member or that was getting to know the church so she came alone to her baptism. Fortunely, we had great support from the ward and ward leaders and they definitely helped her feel loved, special, and welcome in the ward. It's a great blessing to have awesome people who are willing to help and serve their fellow man. Especially in a moment as special as this. The next day she was confirmed and made the newest member of the ward! I can't wait to see her progress and growth in the church. I know that she'll be strong and help a lot of people with her brave example. It was an amazing weekend.
So, great experiences and wonderful miracles are happeing here in Mexico! It's awesome to witness the hand of the Lord bless the lives of so many people! I love you guys so much and hope you have an amazing week!
con mucho amor,
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