On Saturday, we were able to arrange so that all 7 sisters that helped teach Mario (back in Ft. Meade) could go to his baptism! Sister Hadley and I swapped companions and we took the trek up to Ft. Meade Saturday evening. After that it was a party. Once at the chapel, we began by taking pictures and smashing wine and other alcohol-containing bottles of Mario's in the parking lot (the video is included). Then the normal baptismal events took place. All the sisters who taught him had a part in the program. Two giving the opening and closing prayers, three singing a musical number, and myself, I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Apparently while Mario and the sisters were making the program a few weeks ago, he thought it'd be fun to hear a talk from me because, when I was his missionary, we would always have super deep discussions. So I felt very honored :) The ordinance went smoothly with Elder Spencer getting it all right on the first try (always a win). After getting all dried off and changed, Mario came back into the room and bore a powerful testimony that everyone knew he believed with all his heart. When the program was finished, everyone gathered to the parking lot for cookies, noise makers, and poppers because Mario wanted it to be a celebration. He also had dinner catered for his family and his missionaries of authentic Greek food that we ate in the gym. All-in-all and 110.9 miles later, it was one of the best days on the mission and a day I'll never forget.
Some days are freaking hard, but it's days like Saturday that make it all worth it.
|Sisters Galli, Hadley, Hampshire, Greenhalgh, Lemperle, Rawlins and Bingham|
at Mario's baptism
|Each of these sisters played a part in Mario's conversion|
Helping Mario get rid of his alcohol stash
|Finding friends while tracting|
|District activity last week|
Sand volleyball, frisbee golf, and lunch
|Sister Galli and Sister Yang will be together for another transfer (6 weeks)|