Monday, January 9, 2017

Week 23 - Masako Gets Dunked

What's up everyone!? Another great week!! This Saturday we had a baptism!! I had the opportunity to baptize Masako! Not only that, but there were 22 other people that were baptized!! We had a baptism with all the missionaries in Tamatave and there was a total of 23 baptisms! It is a day I will never forget! I felt the spirit so strong and it was such a great feeling to be apart of such a great baptism. Masako is a 20 year old guy and he actually found us. We were walking down a path and he stopped us and started asking us questions about Christ. We asked if we could go to his house and teach him and he said yes. We taught him for a while but he never came to church and never progressed very well. So we kind of had to drop him. Then one day we were walking by his house and he stopped us again and told us he had a friend that he wanted us to teach. His friend is Thalia who is now in the young women's teaching of our branch. We started teaching Thalia and had Masako come with as we needed a male to be with us since Thalia is a single woman. Thalia progressed faster than anyone in history probably and she was just so ready, but Masako still didn't progress. Then one day we get done teaching Thalia and we are walking back to Masako's house and it was quiet and out of nowhere Masako says that he wants to be baptized and he wants to be a missionary. So we started teaching him and focusing on him and still had him come to Thalia's with us. He started coming to church and progressing very well and now he is baptized. And now we are teaching his older sister who is very interested. This little mission experience strengthened my testimony so much. There are people all around the world that are prepared and ready to accept the gospel we just need to share it! It is our job to share the good news of the gospel with everyone we can! Masako and Thalia have already been giving us referrals and they are a big reason why this area is doing so well right now, just because they are opening their mouths and telling their friends and family about the gospel. I have learned so much from the Malagasy people that has made me realize I need to be so much better. These amazing humble people love this gospel so much and it is shown by how excited they are to learn more and share it. I love being a missionary; there is no better feeling than looking out at 23 people in white deciding to be baptized and change their life and come unto Christ. I feel so lucky to be doing what I am doing right now!! I hope you all have a great week!! Share the gospel with someone!!! Veloma!
 Elder Wiscombe and I on our split and then some drunk guys wanted
to take a jumping pic with us haha the guy in the red was wasted man haha.
 Then some pics with a car that is tiny hahaha - way cool it actually worked too!

 A pic of the water in the font for the baptism haha. There were cockroaches swimming around in it --- nasty. I told Masako the water may be dirty but you are clean! haha.
 Some baptism pics! I tried to get them to smile and told them they look like they are at a funeral not a baptism but for some reason Malagasies don't smile in pics. A lot of them dont smile because they are sensitive about their teeth as lots have really bad or no teeth.
 23 Baptisms!!!
 Schyler with Masako (his first baptism performed in Madagascar)
 Big group of people watching a soccer game on the side of the road hahaha not sure why so many people were watching it