This week we had a baptism! I was honored to be the baptizer for this Sister. Lately we have been trying our best to focus on finding Part Member families and completing the family. She was the daughter of a formerly less active member, and we have been teaching her for 5 weeks. It was a great baptism, and I even got to wear a cool font suit! When will I have the opportunity again right?
This week was a long week for me. We have been really pushing ourselves hard. And some misunderstandings came up, but I learned a valuable lesson of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Its really hard to do sometimes, especially when in your mind you know "without a shadow of a doubt". I found that when I you do, you will never regret it. And most times you can avoid a lot of trouble and offense.
I was also reading this week in the book of Exodus. I'll be honest, its not an action packed story after the story of the escape from Egypt. But I was reading about the story of Moses raising his hands on top of a hill while the Israelites fought in battle. In the story when Moses would keep his hands raised, the Israelites would prevail, and they would start to lose when he lowered them. Later in the account it states that Aaron and another priest eventually helped Moses keep his hands up because they started to get weary. I found this to relate to sustaining our leaders, we can't win without them, and they can't win without us. Notice in the story that Aaron and Moses never "switched spots" but that instead they "sustained" his hands. Sometimes we find our leaders to be such spiritual giants that we fail to acknowledge that they need us to sustain them, because we are after all, only human.
Later this week I experienced a big rain storm! In one of the pictures it shows a beautiful poof of clouds. Well that same cloud gave me a free shower! I thought I wasn't going to need my umbrella that day (it had been sunny the rest of the week), but I ended up walking through the biggest rain storm I have ever felt before! When I asked Brother Gilbert (in the picture with me) if this was normal, he said it was small compared to the normal ones. It was kinda fun to see myself literally soaked through, but luckily I dried our pretty fast! So I guess that I'm in for some fun,especially since the rainy season starts this month!
This week was a hard one, but there were a lot of things I was thankful for, I love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (TWMYK)