Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New baptism!

Hello Family!

  Well I hope everyone has adjusted to getting  back into school and enjoyed their break.  With all the snow that I hear you have been getting I've been pretty jealous, but I guess I'll just have to wait for the promised blessing haha.  

   Well Elder Adra and I had a successful baptism this last Saturday.  It was really neat to hear him testify afterwards, and then with it being Fast and Testimony meeting that following Sunday he also got up and bore his testimony there as well.  We are pushing to try to have the rest of his family ready here in the following weeks if everything goes well.

   Mom mentioned having one focus person for the week and what happened with them, so I guess for this week it would have to be Shon-Andre (Yes not exactly a filipino name). He is 9 years old and his mother and grandmother are members that we found using the ward CMIS (Membership record).  They haven't been to church in several years as they have been offended multiple times by some of the members, and by multiple times I mean they were offended once, stopped coming to church, retaught and began to come back, then were offended again and stopped coming again, and so on and so forth until about the 4th time they finally just gave up and decided they were going to consider themselves Catholic again.  When we found them they surprisingly let us in and told us that we were the first missionaries/member that they have let into their home for quite some time.  It has been about 3 weeks since the first time we visited them, and this past Sunday both Shon-Andre and his grandmother attended church.  Shon has played a big part in that as even though he is only 9 years old he has a real interest in religion.  He has accepted missionaries from different religions, the latest being Jehovah's Witnesses.  In fact when we first started teaching him, there were times were as we were leaving the missionaries from JW were just arriving.  After just a few visits they told the JW missionaries to stop, and he wanted to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Although we have held of giving him a date, as we want to make sure the his family is reactivated so that he has support (A little hard to attend church by yourself when you're only 9).  So he has been a great example to me and really cool to see how even at such a young age he has developed that desire, and is being a instrument in helping the rest of his family return.

   Other than that Elder Adra and I are still doing great, and are excited for the New Year.  We also were invited with our District to have Fast Sunday Dinner at the Mission home this past Sunday which was a great privilege. We also were able to attend a temple session earlier today, and there were some missionaries there that were my batch in the MTC but were assigned to the Manila Mission that I was able to see after over a year, and it was pretty crazy to see how much we had all changed.

   Well that about does it for me this week, I hope everyone stays happy and healthy during this week, never choose the left, always choose the right... (yea if my jokes weren't already corny before, they are definitely corny now.)  

Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

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