Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Emergency Baptism"

SURPRISE!!!! We had a baptism last week! I don't have much time to email today because it is zone pday and we are having some 4th of July festivities but I will try my best to explain what happened.
So, there is this girl that we teach and she is really shy and doesn't trust missionaries very much. She comes from a part-member family and she wanted to get baptized but she didn't really trust missionaries to plan it but she has been taught for years. Anyhow, we were doing exchanges last week with two other sisters and I stayed in Redcar while Sister Lamb went up to Ashington and this other sister named Sister Freeke (real name, she's German) came down to Redcar. Sister Freeke has served in Recar before and she actually had a really good friendship with this girl. So we were planning on scheduling her baptism while Sister Freeke was here. But one of the zone leaders said that if we wanted we could try and plan her baptism for while Sister Freeke was here... but I just figured that was just a really "far out" idea. But when we saw Sister Freeke and told her what she said she just got all excited took the phone from me and called the girl and asked her if she wanted to be baptized the next day and she accepted. Crazy! Anyway, so then I called the zone leaders and told them and they told the mission president and he said that if we could plan it and get it done then that will be fine. (Note to everyone: This never happens. Usually a baptism is planned in at least a week). So I just put all my PR skills to the test and planned a baptism in under 24 hours. It was pretty stressful but it was all good and everything turned out well! There is obviously a lot more to the story that involves almost dying while Sister Freeke was driving the car, calling a million people, screaming elders... So yeah, that's probably the most exciting thing that happened this past week.
But yeah, today we are celebrating our independence from the Motherland by having a good ole American BBQ, an intense game of dodgeball, and having an epic waterfight.
I love and miss you all tons! Don't forget to wear red, white and blue because the church is true!
Sister Smith

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