Right now, I’m sitting in the mission office here in Praia writing this letter. We were flown in yesterday and spent the evening doing splits with the assistants. The flight was 100 times better than the last one because the plane took off and landed smoothly.
Lucindo was in the final week to his baptism, so we went to his house every single day, and sometimes twice a day when we couldn’t find him the first time as we wanted to make sure that he was not smoking. Thankfully, he did his part, and the interview with the Mission President went very well.
This Saturday was one of the most memorable baptisms on my mission. I was sitting there in the water all dressed in white waiting for Lucindo to come into the font. There, he was with one of the biggest smiles on his face that I have ever seen. He came in and went under the water to come back up and give me a hug. I had this smile that I simply could not take off. (Lucindo, from jail to Mormon in 8 months work) It was one of the most sacred transformations and hardest conversion that the Lord presented to us. Lucindo is incredible, and I love him like my brother. He has much work to accomplish and much to learn, but he’s finally in the arms of the Lord and under the influence of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Lord will take care of him and will continue to teach his humble heart. He’s doing magnificent!
Transfers will happen in three weeks, and Zone Leaders Council is tomorrow.
Lauren and Claudia were baptized along with Lucindo, and they were glowing, as well. Lauren is only 16 years old, and I’m very happy for the decisions that she’s making at such a young age. She has some of the most sincere prayers that I have ever heard from an investigator. She constantly promises God to keep the commandments, and she always has a bright smile on her face. She loves to sing, and every time we walk with her to the church, she sings.
Claudia has 4 kids and has a very difficult life just selling things like shoes and makeup to make a living. I know that the Holy Ghost will help her, so that in her desperation, she does not make wrong choices. She’s very shy, but she’s keeping all the commandments.
And also there is Aleida’s mom. She is not opposed to the church, but simply wanted to make sure that her young daughter of 14 is sure of her choice. Therefore, she said that she wanted Aleida to attend church more often before allowing her to be baptized. We marked a date of March 17th for her to which her mom agreed. Aleida is coming to church on Sundays, so things should go well.