Saturday was the day of the baptism and things were already pretty hectic. The day before, the office elders came to our apartment, picked us up and took us out to IKEA to FINALLY buy furniture for our apartment. Remember, we’re a group of three. And one of us was sleeping on the floor all these weeks, another was without a desk and I was without a closet and have thus been living out of my suitcase these last four weeks. And so our apartment was messy with cardboard boxes and instruction manuals come Saturday morning.
But we were off! We left early to get into Paris. Unfortunately, we weren’t given permission to just drive the car to Versailles (where the chapel with the baptismal font is), so we had to take the train. We had just enough time for a quick lunch in Paris. We got lunch, passed by Notre Dame to catch the metro (which was cool because I finally decided to stop and take pictures this time. I always pass it and say, “I’ll do it next time”) and then got to Versailles. I haven’t seen much of Versailles, so it was cool to see more of it.
It’s definitely a nice place to be.
Passed by the Château on the way to the bus stop. It’s also very nice. Kind of ridiculous how luxurious it is.
Got on the bus. Somehow ended up teaching half the first lesson to the controllers (eh, security?) on the bus. Then the bus broke down. So we hopped off, took out the GPS that we had brought with us from our car and walked the rest of the way there. Thank goodness it was only a six minute walk. In the end, we got there in time to fill the font up. It wasn’t cold! (That always seems to be a problem) and people started showing up.
There was a good amount of members in attendance. I think it was great for the parents to see all the support that she has from the ward (because, remember, the parents aren’t members and it was the baptism of a nine-year-old girl who’s been coming to church on her own).
In the end, it all worked out. The spirit was strong and the girl was so so so happy. It was such a good experience.
The Lord’s been blessing us since.
We’ve honestly just been knocking doors and walking streets for the last four weeks, hardly teaching. But somehow, we ended up with a referral and met with this man last night. He said that he wanted to learn more about the Church and that he believed that our message could help him. We taught just a bit of the first lesson and will be seeing him again tomorrow. We left him with a Book of Mormon and he was indredibly happy by the end. He even said he might be baptized. Apart from that, some old investigators that we had dropped have decided to start coming back to Church and keep commitments. They’re progressing as of right now.
Our week is still full of nothing but finding. It’s honestly the only thing we’ve been doing. But we know that the Lord is mindful of us, and we see that through all of these small miracles, whether it be through a baptism, a new investigator or people progressing. It reminds me of that old phrase that I’ve come to love so much, “waiting on the Lord.”
Of course, it’s been said before, the greatest part of the work is seeing the joy the Gospel brings to people. I’ve been blessed to see it so much already.
In fact, that little girl was literally doing cartwheels after her baptism.
Elder Saul Marquez