Monday, March 15, 2010

Baptisms of Naylu Ocaa and Lucia Gonzalez


How are my favorite family and friends doing? This week was full of adventures tracting wild animals in the savage Peruvian Amazon....not. Lima is much better.

I love Peru for the people. Last night we had an activity as a zone in front of the city hall of Independencia. My companion and I dressed up as profets and everything and the other missionaries all had tables. One table was about families, the church, and temples, with pictures and everything. Another table was about the restoration. Another table was about the Bible and the Book of Mormon. And my companion and I gathered the sheep. We contacted hundreds of people in only 2 hours so it was a success.

This week we had the baptisms of hermana Naylu Ocaa and Lucia Gonzalez. Lucia is 90 years old. The baptism was so funny. I baptized Naylu first, and after my companion tried to baptize Lucia. After 5 attempts I had to help. Lucia is a lady that has a lot of physical problems (she`s 90!) so she couldn't get baptized like normal, she had to sit down. She didn't want to go completely under so I demonstrated as a favor to my companion, and after she finally did it! She was just laughing the whole time which just made things even funnier. She's a great person.

Naylu's sister is getting baptized next week too, along with several other people. Remember Roxanna Escaobar? Her sister Katy Escobar has been listening to missionaries for years. I'd visited her a lot, but nothing, until one night we had the idea to watch a specific movie with her about the 10 Virgins and being prudent. After the movie she was crying and now she's also getting baptized on the 20th of March. We have a talent show as a stake on Friday put on by none other than, the missionaries!! Every companionship in the zone's going to do something and we're also doing several shows all together. For some reason the talent shows here are always a big hit....and we get a ton of references.

I'm excited to go to Machu Pichu! That's going to be the bomb!!! But.....are we going with Nate? Honestly it would be even better! But I totally understand if it's not going to work out....

When I'm back in Bend I have just one expectation now that you told me Mom that Briana and now maybe Eric are working where they are: FREE ICECREAM!!!!!word!!!

I want to share this passage about the importance of faith directly from the Book of Mormon. If only we had the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains:

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

For it was by faith that Christ showed himself unto our fathers, after he had risen from the dead; and he showed not himself unto them until after they had faith in him; wherefore, it must needs be that some had faith in him, for he showed himself not unto the world.

But because of the faith of men he has shown himself unto the world, and glorified the name of the Father, and prepared a way that thereby others might be partakers of the heavenly gift, that they might hope for those things which they have not seen.
Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the gift, if

ye will but have faith.

Behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God.
Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given. But in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled.

For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.

Behold, it was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth.
Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost.

Behold, it was the faith of Ammon and his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites.

Yea, and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith, even those who were before Christ and also those who were after.

And it was by faith that the three disciples obtained a promise that they should not taste of death; and they obtained not the promise until after their faith.

And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God.

And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.

And behold, we have seen in this record that one of these was the brother of Jared; for so great was his faith in God, that when God put forth his finger he could not hide it from the sight of the brother of Jared, because of his word which he had spoken unto him, which word he had obtained by faith.

And after the brother of Jared had beheld the finger of the Lord, because of the promise which the brother of Jared had obtained by faith, the Lord could not withhold anything from his sight; wherefore he showed him all things, for he could no longer be kept without the veil.

And it is by faith that my fathers have obtained the promise that these things should come unto their brethren through the Gentiles; therefore the Lord hath commanded me, yea, even Jesus Christ.

And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them Have Faith! (Ether 12:6-20)

The Book of Mormon is true!

I love you all. Have the best day ever!!!!!!


Elder Layton

1 comment:

Don said...

Thank you. I'd love to hear more from you.