Sunday, July 8, 2012

Baptism in Prague this week

Dear Family and Friends, Ah! It was a beautiful week. Missionary work is the most miraculous, magical work. One day I hope to be able to look back on this time, being able to see the whole picture - every little miracle Heavenly Father performs in the lives of our investigators. About a month ago, we met a young man. He was out selling something on the street, and Sister Sears decided to suddenly contact him. Once I noticed she had stopped walking, I turned back and we spoke with him. He is the most polite, humble young man I have EVER met. When we met him, he was super shy, but desirous to better his life and find out more about God and Jesus Christ. When we first contacted him, he actually said he had seen a Book of Mormon laying around his house a few years ago and had read a few pages out of it when he was bored one day. We told him we'd love to tell him more about it, and we met at the church building a couple days later. From the beginning, he has been an incredible student of the gospel. He began praying for the first time in his life, and reading everything that we gave him. You could SEE the change in him. He started standing up straighter, speaking clearer and more correct, looking cleaner and healthier, and smiling bigger and more often. It was such a rapid, drastic, beautiful change. This week we have been teaching him often, preparing him for his baptismal day. He has completely astounded us with the amount of faith he has grown in the last couple weeks. Once again, I feel like I've done nothing for him but put the scriptures and brochures in front of him, and the Spirit of the Lord did the rest. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom earlier this week, and he accepted it with no hesitation, and even more he understood why we live according to it. At the end of the lesson, I was so touched by his expression of faith, that I complimented him on his strength and diligence, and his incredible example to us. He responded with perfect humility and said, "The only thing that disappoints me is that I didn't meet you earlier, when I was perhaps 18-years-old. I could have been healthier; I could have had even stronger faith now." Ah, what a beautiful moment that was. Sister Sears testified that the Lord must have been preparing him, and now he's ready. Yesterday we had another lesson with him, and he came in saying he had read almost the entire night in the Book of Mormon and a Liahona that we gave him. He just couldn't stop. He's incredible! We said we wanted to talk about what enduring to the end means, and he just erupted with answers: "It means to speak often with God through prayer, keep living the commandments, serve and help others, and be and live as much like Christ as we can, every day of our lives!" There was so much light in his face. After the lesson we went down to the bottom floor of the church to show him the baptismal font and tell him what would happen. The investigator we were going to teach next had showed up right then, so he came down with us. This other investigator accepted a baptismal date this week as well. He's a 23-year-old young man who is studying forestry here in Prague. I sort of led them up to the font, and then quietly explained how the baptism works. It was very still in the room, and B... just stood there with a smile on his face, while P... looked steadily down into the font. I stepped back after a while, and said a little prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father for the opportunity to be able to witness such special moments. Next week, we're going to have a baptism here in Prague! 'Til then! Love, Sister Lucy Brimhall P.S. We have a week and a half until transfers.
We celebrated the 4th of July! This is in the parking lot of the church building. It was great fun. We sang Patriotic songs and ate hamburgers and hotdogs. These pictures are our district hopping on a train to go out to see Karlstejn - a castle that I hear is worth seeing, and the place where the Czech Republic was dedicated for missionary work! It was worth it!

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