A Marvelous Work!‏

We had a baptism yesterday! Prisen, our ami from Mauritius who we met 2 weeks ago, was baptized, and it was a joyous occasion for him and his family. His baptism was perhaps one of the greatest testimony building experiences for me as a missionary. We have always been told that there are people who are ready to receive the gospel, are earnestly searching, have been prepared and are ready to make the covenant of baptism with Heavenly Father. When he came to meet us, he had already stopped smoking and drinking a few weeks earlier, had been reading the Bible to find out how he could draw closer to God, and had a great desire to change his life and choose the right. Every commitment we gave was kept, he understood and applied the scriptures well, and his testimony of the gospel grew rapidly. He was indeed one of those who were prepared, and I consider myself very blessed to have been able to be a part of his conversion process. He shared during his testimony after his baptism that before he met us, he had left his home without a destination in mind, and prayed while on the metro that he would be led to where the Lord wanted him to be, and then he met us. The Lord does truly lead the humble and willing heart to the truth of the restored gospel. Prisen was also quick to share the joy of the gospel with his family, who he invited to attend his baptism. His mom, who is not even a member, said that she was “more happy than he was that he had chosen to be baptised,” because he had really changed in the last month. Their family leaves for mauritius on Wednesday, but we will be able to share the gospel with his family as well when they return in August! Roger, our recent convert, has also been actively sharing the gospel with the people in his neighborhood, and this week, we were able to meet a friend of his and his family and teach them a little after giving Roger’s home a blessing. It is simply amazing for me to see the great excitement for the work here in our ward. Little by little, more and more of the recent converts are bringing their friends and sharing their testimonies. After all, aren’t we all simply walking testimonies that the gospel is true? With that in mind, it is ever more important for us to remember that we need to be who we claim to be, we have to be the same person in the dark as well as in the light. It has also been interesting being a missionary while the world cup has been going on, because we also when goals are made from the loud cheers and shouts that ring through the air while we are doing our weekly planning. Although we may not be able to watch the World Cup, we hear a word or two from passing strangers on the street, and that keeps us somewhat informed. In the spirit of the world cup, the ward organised a picnic and invited us, the missionaries to be a part of it as well. All 8 missionaries, some of our amis, and the members had a really great game of soccer. This was probably the most fun I have had playing soccer because the terrain was so wet from the day before that all of us had a good handful of slips and slides. There were several times when it would look like a perfect shot and just before the kick would be made, the person would slip. We had a good laugh each time and definitely woke up the next day with pretty sore lower backs and hips. So much fun. I hope that everyone is doing well at home and next week, I will have served 11 months on a mission. Time flies by so fast on a mission and every now and then, I just marvel at the overwhelming number of miracles and experiences that I get to experience in this short period of 2 years. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God, and there is a living prophet today. I know these things with all my heart. A la semaine prochaine! Elder Lam


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