We had to change Carmelino's baptisms yet again. He will be baptized on the 28th of December. This one is for sure though. He WILL be getting baptized on that day. We were in priesthood yesterday and we were all asked to share one of our favorite scriptures about Jesus Christ. Carmelino shared the sacrament prayer and explained the importance of Jesus Christ's Atonement and how we have the opportunity to remember it every week as we partake of the Sacrament. I was amazed. All I could do was smile. I was so proud of that man. He's going to be a future leader in the church.
Mark's baptismal will also be moved. There was some miscommunication about the baptismal interview so he wasn't able to make it. The baptismal interviews have to be at least a week in advance and so we have to push his baptism back another week as well. He's still the man.
I went on exchanges with Elder Carlson this last week (it was actually the same day that I received the news about becoming his companion. What a coincidence). We had quite an amazing experience. For the past couple weeks, Elder Villoso and I have been trying to contact this one investigator named Tita that we came across street contacting. We had visited her house multiple times, but she always said that she was busy or sick. Elder Carlson and I decided to go try one more time. We went to her house, knocked and waited. A voice came from inside that said, "Who's that?" We declared that it was the missionaries. Tita came to the door and began talking with us (this was the first time we had talked with her in weeks). To make a long story short, she let us in. During the lesson, she started crying. She told us of her life and how she had jumped from religion to religion but never felt any happiness. In her words "sobrang malunkot ako." (I am so sad). She expressed to us that in the past she had no desire to listen to us at all. She then explained that for some reason, that day was different. She felt a strange feeling to let us in and talk with us. She expressed that our arrival at her house that day was a miracle. Later in the lesson, Elder Carlson asked her (in English), "What is the greatest thing Jesus Christ has done for you?" She responded by saying "the greatest thing he has ever done for me is softened my heart to listen to your message. He sent you two here to me. I really want this to be true." Yeah, that was one of the greatest things I have ever heard. It's times like that that make me love missionary work so much.
Mahal ko kayo. Namimiss ko kayo. Maligayang pasko. (Merry Christmas)