Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2, 2012: Elder Bowles

Dear Mom and Dad:
Lots has happened.  Fred had already been investigating the church.  Fred told us that about a year ago he was about to get baptized but he was prompted to tell the missionaries that he was on probation.  Probation is usually 3 years.  He was married to his wife who is a member.  So Fred had to wait 3 years till he gets off probation.  Then he has to attend church solid for a year.  He goes to his probation officer every week to make sure that he is following the rules.  One day his probation officer tells him you don't need this anymore you are off probation.  Fred thought he was joking but he was not.  When we heard that Fred was off probation, we can baptize him as soon as possible. 13 months later he is off probation and he got baptized.  Isn't that cool?  He followed that prompting of the Holy Ghost and as a result he got to be baptized a lot sooner.  Man what a blessing to him.  He was still supposed to be on probation for 2 years.  He got baptized on december 31st and was confirmed on the 1st of January.
When fred got baptized we were waiting for him to come out.  Most people from the Tongan ward showed up.  As we were waiting this one lady starts singing and then the rest start singing in Tongan.  It was really cool they sang in Tongan.  The spirit was so strong and I almost cried. I did not cry but almost.  The spirit was so strong in that room and it was so cool.  President Burbert came to my baptism that is the bomb!!!  A good way to end the year.
Hopefully dad will learn how to use skype better so next time we use it there will be no more problems.  Our church kind of starts at the same time  The english ward starts at 8:oo am in the morning and the Tongan ward starts at 9:00 am in the morning also.  so we are pretty used to the wards. A great week a great year.  One more year to go.  Now it is time to make some New Year's Resolutions and work on those.  I am sorry that I don't have much to say.  The Baptism was a blast .  Spirit was strong and I will remember this baptism forever and I wrote like 4 pages in mine journal.  Thanks Have a great week.
Elder Bowles

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