We have frozen this blog as a historical, yet informational view at what life is like in the West Indies Mission for all those called to serve. This blog was designed for the families and friends of those missionaries serving in the West Indies Mission from July 2006 to July 2009. Every six weeks, photos taken at zone conference as well as a new slide show including every person baptized were posted on the blog. All of the slide shows are also available on our You Tube channel. The current West Indies Mission blog can be found here. Posts on our missionary experience can be found here and earlier. And finally, if you are a returned missionary who served in the West Indies, there is a current blog for you. Click here or visit westindiesrm@blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A sweet baptism in San Fernando

We went to the baptism of Amrita Bridgemohan last night. Here is a wonderful story:

About two months ago Anjanie, a Hindu living in San Fernando, was in her house reading a book called Spiritual Cleansing by Draja Mickaharic

She was trying to find happiness in her life. When she got to page 10 she read this:

"One religious group native to the United States has developed a complete set of working rituals. That is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons.... A Mormon need only ask the president of the congregation or any of the priests or elders for help and it will be made available. This is the only Christian religion in which the line of spiritual practice is so direct and open."

Just at that moment, her mother, who lives on the same property called to her and said, "We have visitors." Anjanie went out to the yard and saw two young men in white shirts. She got closer and read their badges: Elder Lloyd and Elder Palmer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She said, "I have just been reading about you" and ran and got the book. With this special beginning she began studying with the elders and was soon baptized along with her daughter, brother-in-law Anson, and his daughter. She hoped that her mother and sister, Amrita, would be baptized as well, but that didn't happen.

That brings us to last Sunday. We attended church in San Fernando and met Anjanie and her family. Her non-member sister, Amrita, was there. We invited them to the mission home fireside that night. They came. President Robison visited with Amrita and said, "what do you think about getting baptized?" She said, "I want to - this week!" Because she had been taught most of the lessons and had attended church a number of times, President Robison suggested she finish the lessons and get baptized the next day, before Elder Kell, who had been teaching her, finished his mission and went home.

So that is why we attended an unusual Monday baptism. It was a sweet experience seeing Anson, a new member, baptize his wife.

Here they are

Here is the family - Anjanie and her daughter, Amrita and Anson and their two daughters.

The darling little girls sang, "I am a Child of God" at the baptism

Elders Kell and Willis were the missionaries who taught Amrita

Missionary work is joyful

I found myself turning to this scripture:

Mosiah 2:41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.


Chad and Jen said...

Thank you so much for providing this fabulous blog for all of us who are family members of missionaries serving in the WIM! I actually have more than one missionary relative in the WIM... a brother who should have arrived there today or yesterday, Elder J. Craig Harris -- and an Aunt & Uncle who will be leaving soon -- the Sherwoods in St. Lucia!! It is fun to hear all the stories of the WIM and see the beautiful pictures of both the scenery and the people who live there. Thank you again!!
Jennifer Jarvis
Tooele, UT

Jenny said...

That is a beautiful baptism story. Thanks for sharing that.