wow! it has been such a wonderful week!! there is a lot to tell, not much time to do it, and it's hard to think what is the best things that happened.
Sister Marston Sr (Gary Jr's mom) gave a talk on baptism which really set the tone for everything. it was simple and powerful! she recounted the experience that she had when she was baptized. then we went right in to the font.
for about an 2 hour before we had been filling it up; we wanted it really full so that it wouldn't get cold and Missy is a little bigger. So we had the Hot water turned on full the whole time. Gary Jr. started to go down with little Gary, and he said, "wow it's really hot! it's way too hot!! it's burning my feet!!!" (never had that problem before) apparently the hot water worked too well, we figured that it would cool down as it went, but I guess not. so we had to put cold water into it, but it was still really hot. But anyways, little Gary went first, then Wyatt, Christine next, and Missy last. By the time Missy went, Gary Jr was really choked up! the spirit was so strong!!
after everyone got changed, we were walking back from the bathroom with Gary Jr. and he said, "Elders, this is the coolest thing that I have ever done. thank you so much! thank you for being here for us. I'm so happy that we got to do this." he has previously talked about how he can't wait till the can all got to the temple and be sealed and he this was the first step!!
So after everyone got back, we had a talk on the Holy Ghost by Gary Sr. which was really good!! He also talked about when he was baptized at 11 (same age as Wyatt) about half way through his talk we heard a huge storm come in. the lights started to flicker, the wind was howling terribly and it was raining so hard!! The Bishop came in, totally soaked through and told us that we needed to stay here, because there was a tornado Watch, which means that a tornado had been sighted some where near by, and then the storm sirens went off. sister Marston Sr. said well the advesary must not be very happy because we all got what we wanted! lucky nothing really happened. the storm was pretty bad, it knocked down quite a few trees, and flooding the river a little. oh and the marston's back window on their car got broke. other than that though everything went fine.
so this is the really awesome part., we walk in to the church. the Marston's had been there for 45 min already. then a less active/part member family walks in with their recently born baby. and then in walked Colin Smith (the child who has been struggling to get permission from his mom to be baptized) and right behind him, was his mom. We had gone by early to see if they were coming and he told us that he didn't need a ride and that his mom was coming! it was such a miracle!!! :) We were able to participate in a baby blessing, and four confirmations all in the same day :) it was so wonderful! :) alright, I think that is all... that was a lot :)
i am so thankful for the gospel! it truly has been like is described in D&C 18 "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
ij iokwe eok!!