So this week we had a very spiritual baptismal service for two of our investigators, and one kiddo. All three of our candidates chose me to be their John the Baptist, so I got the chance to get all clad in white once more. It was an amazing service, and I’m sure that everyone present felt the spirit. It was kinda funny because as they were calling the kiddo to enter into the baptismal font they said his full name, and it was in that very moment that I knew I was done for. Not only was his name freakishly long, but it also sounded like someone dropped their keyboard down the stairs. So I had to spend three minutes standing in the baptismal font trying to get the right pronunciation, and during this time the kid was freaking out because it was probably his first time in water. But once I got the name down everything went smoothly.
One of our recent converts also shared a very spiritual experience with us this week. Sister Justine a few days ago had the random impression to read Alma 20 in the Book of Mormon. She has been going through various trials lately and this impression came to her as a little suprise. But this chapter talks about the story of how Ammon was guided by the lord to find his brothers who, at this point, were in captivity. She shared with me a verse in that chapter that really touched her, the verse was one that talked about the hardships of the brothers of Ammon, it talked about how they were naked, hungy, and thirsty, yet how they remained patient in their afflictions. This really touched her, and gave her the streangth to perservere through her own trials.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the people here in Cameroun
Love Elder Thomas
We have an investigator named Sr Esther, she is thirteen but really smart. Her mother is Sr Julie, another one of our investigators. Sr Esther was born and baptized into the Catholic Church, but she’s told us that she has always been suspicious about the idea of a confirmation, she doesn’t like the idea of being confirmed to a church without having an absolute certainty of it’s truth. But we have been teaching her, and really stressing the principle of praying to know what is true. Just recently we were talking to her and she expressed to us her desire to be baptized but, not only that, she wants to be baptized and confirmed.
There are a whole bunch of people here in Cameroun who are seeking the truth, however there are also whole lot of people who’d rather try to disprove our message. This week we contacted a new investigator who met the latter qualification. We taught the Plan of Salvation, and the whole time he tried to ask questions to disprove or find faults in the doctrine. We shared a scripture in the bible with him to support something we said about the Premortal existence and he told us he had a question. He then read to us the greater portion of the first chapter of the book of Jeremy. I then asked him if that was his question, and he said that it was. It was a rather profound question, and I regret to admit that we weren’t able to provide him with the answer he was searching for. I guess you win some and you lose some.
Training is going great and me and Elder Butila are having a lot of fun helping the people here in Yaounde.