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

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday Baptism

President Robison and I got to be part of a special baptism this morning.

Here is the story

About a month ago, when Elder Neil L Anderson and his wife, Kathy were in Trinidad to create the first stake in the West Indies, we took them into Port of Spain to see a view of the island from the beautiful Fort George.

On our way back to the mission home we stopped at Ruby Tuesdays for lunch. It was an odd time (about 2:30 pm) so the restaurant was empty. A darling waitress named Patricia Thompson took care of us. She was helpful and kind and we all got into a conversation with her - ending of course, with an invitation to meet with the missionaries. She did just that and was taught by Elder McDaniel and Elder Hamilton along with President Robison. She gained a testimony through reading the Book of Mormon (she read it at least 1 1/2 times before her baptism), fasting and praying. The sweet ending of the story was her baptism this morning.

Patricia - found by the newest apostle, baptized by the mission president

Elders Hamilton and McDaniel

With her friend Melissa (who attended the baptism and will meet with the missionaries for the first time this week)

Doesn't she look happy?

I have to say, that being with Patricia today reminded me of my own baptism, quite a few years ago, when I was a college student in Oxford, Ohio.

I remember asking a friend, "Why are you always smiling?" and hearing her response, "My church."

I remember walking into that church and meeting two fine, clean young men who taught me the gospel with kindness and power.

I remember the feeling of wonder as I came to understand, for the first time, the purpose of my life.

I remember the joy I felt I as I came to know about a loving Father and His Son.

I remember devouring the Book of Mormon and making lists of questions to ask the missionaries each time they visited.

I remember kind members of the church who helped me along the way.

Most of all, I remember the burning witness I eventually received that I had found the Lord's true church and that I must be baptized.

It was a wonderful day today


Jo said...

That is neat.

Jenny said...

What a beautiful girl. Sounds like a wonderful experience.

Brad N said...

What a marvelous example of teaching how to do missionary work. Hurrah for Israel!