Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Feb. 16, 2015, J.'s baptism and my last week in Huntersville, NC

Hello yall!

J.'s baptism and confirmation was great!! On Saturday, Elder S. and I got a ride up to the church with Brother D. and then started setting up. We filled the font, set up chairs, got the programs out, and everything else ready. Then at 12:30 Brother S. came and brought J. We showed J. the font and the Relief Society room where we would have the rest of the meeting. People started coming and filled the chairs we set up, and J. loved all the people who came :)

Brother M. gave a talk on Baptism. It was super personal and loving, and he told J. how much the ward loved him and wanted to support him. It was great! Then we had J's baptism. We went to the gym and all the kids sat up front while the adults sat and stood in the back. Brother R. and S. were witnesses. Elder S. prayed and then lowered J. into the water. As soon as J. came back up he raised his hands in the air and started praising Jesus! "Thank you Jesus, oh, thank you Jesus!" We were all stoked, and I'm pretty sure our Young Men's president clapped! Someone did! Haha, it was great! We went back in the Relief Society room, and I played 2 Mormon Messages on a TV while Elder S. and J. got ready and joined us. After they came back in, Brother M. gave a great talk about the Holy Ghost and Brother B. in the bishopric welcomed J. into the ward. Then J. took a minute to thank everyone and bear his testimony, and at the end of his testimony, he said "In Jesus Name," and we all answered with an "Amen!" It was the best.

J. told us after, that he was going to go call everyone he knew and tell them how great he felt :) It was perfect. Then on Sunday I got to confirm him, and feeling the power as I said "receive the Holy Ghost" was just great. I'm gonna miss J., but we will definitely get to see each other again :)

After the confirmation on Sunday, Elder S. got to bear a departing testimony to the ward, and it was super. He's such a great Elder. I'm grateful I've had the opportunity to be companions with him. And the best part is he's so humble and charitable. I've learned lots from him.

Yesterday, Elder S. had his departing interview with President C., and in the course of it, President told him that he was replacing the Elders with Sisters in Huntersville. So I have no clue where I'm heading! I'll let you know next Monday, but it won't be Huntersville any more. I have mixed feelings about leaving here, because the ward is super fun with lots of friends here, and J. just got baptized! So it will be good, but bittersweet still. I wonder who I'll get for a companion next :) What fun a mission is! I love sharing the gospel with the people I get to meet :)

I sure love yall! Thanks for the email! You da best!
Elder Branch

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