Our intent of this blog is to share Brock's adventures in Orlando, Florida while he's on his LDS mission. Hopefully, by reading about how Brock is changing the lives of so many, and seeing Brock's own personal growth in the gospel, the people reading this blog will also be able to feel the spirit and be inspired to strengthen or develop their own testimonies of Christ and the LDS church.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Juanita and Carmelo's baptism and exchanges in Creole

Friends and Family,

I can't believe it's the start of week 4 here in Winter Park! It feels like just yesterday when I left Palm Bay. I don't know how time is moving so quickly, they say time goes by fast when you are having fun.  But I've never heard them say time goes by even faster when you are a full-time missionary! It was a "roller coaster" week this week. Full of high points, and low points.

It was pretty rainy all through out the day. We were on our bikes, but fortunately, we had lessons planned after P-Day ended. We were on our bikes, so we pedaled through the weather and rode off to our appointments. Unfortunately, all of them fell through so we ended up just getting really wet, and knocking doors Monday night.

We met with one of our investigators named Juanita who has been trying to receive her confirmation about baptism and the church. She is only 11, so it made it fun to teach her. We testified of the power of
Prayer and how God will always answer us. She promised to pray so
sincere and to pay attention to the feelings she had afterwards. Her
brother Carmelo is 8, and his baptism was scheduled for Saturday the
14th (Valentines day.) It was incredible to hear an 8 year old tell
his older sister that she needs to be baptized. Definitely, a cool experience.

Alo! Nou Se misyoné pou JeziKri! Nou palle Creole! Exchanges!! This was an interesting exchange! There are Creole speaking elders in my district, and I was able to go down into their area. Let me tell ya... It was quite the day. We had 4 appointments and 3 of them were taught in Creole. I honestly didn't say one word through out the lessons. I felt awkward as I sat on the couch and tried to pick out words that sounded similar to english. The only sentence I learned was the one above! It says "hello! I am a missionary of Jesus Christ! I speak Creole" :)

We had a day stacked full of meetings. District Meeting, a meeting for Institute, and a meeting with the Bishop about institute. It was a pretty draining day, but we were able to finish off the night with a
miracle. We were biking back to our apartment when we had an incoming call from Juanita's mom, who is a member. She told us that Juanita had received her answer, and wanted to be baptized!! She then said that she wanted to have it this Saturday with her brother, and their grandparents and extended family were coming into town for her brothers baptism. She then asked if we could have the service on Saturday. We then went into overdrive mode and made arrangements for the interview, baptism, and checked with the with the Mission President that it was alright. He cleared it as long as she passed her

These next couple of days were wild! I'm running out of time, but I'll
try to fit everything in!

Weekly planning, Juanitas baptismal interview, more arrangements for  the baptisms, and a few appointments!

The baptismal service came around, and everything fell perfectly into place. It was as if it were meant to happen. The grandparents were there crying, the mom couldn't have been happier for her two kids, the spirit was strong, and All was well. I had the opportunity to give a talk at the baptism and loved it.  After the baptism, we went on a Temple Tour with Stefani (who was baptized last Sunday) and it was awesome. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time!

Sunday was fantastic. There were Stefani, Juanita, and Carmelo, were all confirmed at Sacrament meeting. Is was one of the coolest things to be a part of. It's been great to come into Winter Park help these investigators receive their confirmation that the church is true.

The Gospel brings happiness. I love being a missionary! I hope everyone has a great week, and has a fun holiday today! I love and miss you!

Elder Doman

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