Well hey there. What a week in Canada!
We were able to have our baptism for Rachael this weekend! It went SO incredibly well! I’m pretty paranoid when it comes to time management and not letting things go too long. I hate when baptismal services turn into a big ramble fest where the speakers start giving stories from the 40’s when they were baptized and stuff…so I made sure that the speakers were good and that they understood to keep their talks to a short time frame of 5 to 7 minutes….And they did AMAZING! It was such a spiritual baptismal service and Rachael even teared up during it an she had some non member friends come from 45 minutes away to see it. they’re out of our area so we don’t get to teach them but I could tell that they really enjoyed the service and felt the spirit. While the bishop and Rachael were getting changed after the baptism I played the mormon message on the atonement of Jesus Christ lifting burdens. I then talked a little bit about the reality of a living savior who set the perfect example for us by being baptized by priesthood authority and how great it was to see Rachael follow in his footsteps. Then I had us sing I need thee every hour until they came out. The service was so good overall! Then we had some interesting road blocks placed by the advesary for the confirmation and Holy Ghost the next day… The power went out in our 9 o clock ward and so after the sacrament meeting there we were all dismissed to go home. Rachael’s ward starts at 11 and we headed over there to see what was going on. The power was out and the emergency back up lights had gone out too so we couldn’t even have sacrament in the dark like we did in the other ward. The ward mission leader found us and said that church probably wasn’t going to happen that day and I was stressin in my mind! We would then run into the dillema that converts are supposed to be confirmed and given the holy ghost in front of the congregation but we didn’t want to wait an entire week and have a half baptized person walking around and subject to temptation more than ever! So I was pretty worried about what we were going to do and then……the lights came on ten minutes before sacrament started! So it all worked out! Everyone showed up a tiny bit late and then I was able to confirm Rachael and give her the Holy Ghost! It was a really good experience and I’m so happy for the changes she’s made in her life to get to this point!
So other than that it was a pretty normal week! It sounds like you and dad had a great time in Vegas! I’m glad that you two were able to get away and have some time to yourselves!
I hope that Jess keeps up the good work and gets a scholarship offer this year! You may have been able to pay for her 2nd degree education with the money being put into her getting a scholarship but that’s okay!hahaha
Kelsie has been sending pictures of Aspyn and she is the cutest little girl! That’s so funny that she growls and does that with her arms now! I can’t wait to see her in person!