Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Elder Marsh....still doing great and seeing blessings!

So the baptism of Daniela came early! We were planning on holding her baptism this weekend on the 16th, but she wanted to do it earlier! So we planned it all out, got the branch together, and held the MOST spirtitual baptism that I have ever been to. The members even said it was one of the best they have had in a very long time. With half the branch, the Spirit very strongly present, and the MOST excited person that I have baptized, it was a service that I wont be able to forget. I had the opportunity to talk a bit about the Atonement during the service. After I taught Gospel Principles, after I talked in Sacrament meeting. It was a crazy, hectic, but spiritually refreshing sunday. And whats more, I was privileged to use the Priesthood power and perform the ordinance. When Daniela came out of the water, she was laughing and told me "gracias". I was a bit unsure why she had thanked me, because no one had done that before. But then the spirit came to me and told me something I had been praying about. But of that sweet manifestation of the love of God I cant share :) Somethings are too meaningful to hand out. Daniela is a very special daughter of God, and I feel so blessed to hve been placed in her path. Even more blessed to have helped out my Savior in the salvation of this soul.

Elder Rosales and I cant believe the change is halfway over! We are now entering week 4, and that thought really just scared me. I feel I might be going at the end of the change on the first of august. But the thing is, I wont be all that bummed if I dont get changed! My companion and I are seeing so many results of our labor and our baptism goal this month is becoming more and more reachable every day! We really saw the hand of the Lord this week as something happened that had never happened before. we had FIVE brand new people come to Sacrament, 4 of which we have never taught, 2 of which we have never even MET! There is a direct correlation between investigators who come to church and the ones who get baptized. Almost everyone who comes enters the water. So Elder Rosales and i are very prayerful and we are going to start teaching a whole bunch of new people this week. And we are going to prepare them to be baptized this month :)

I really do know the Lord loves us, and worries for us. He just wants us to be happy and enjoy this amazing life he has given us. My companion and I watched the Testaments this morning and a line really made me think. Jacob is arguing with his father about some choices Jacom has made and askes his father why he just cant be happy. Elam, the father then says "Am I happy! I am happy because you are happy. Wherever you are I cant always be your father, but you will always be my son." This made me think quite a bit, and I thought about what Elam wanted to say. I then realized that Elam said he cant always be the father, because his son forgets him, or doesnt heed the parental warning from a caring father. And that a caring parent cant ever forget about his son.

We are the same with our Father in Heaven. Whether or not we want him to be our Father, we will ALWAYS be his children. And he will always love us. I know this is true, and I know he knows us.

I hope all of you have an amazing week :)

Elder Marsh.

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