So this week was definitely the best week of my mission and maybe even my whole life!! Basically because Ida got baptized on Saturday! So Saturday was kind of crazy because we had to clean the font because it has not been used in a while... So we cleaned it and then we started filling it! The only problem was that when we turned the water on hot, only cold water would come out... Long story short, after getting half the bishopric to the church working on it, we discovered that the hot water was jank and didn't work. Apparently it has been working for 11 years flawlessly but of course the one day we need it, it failed us... We tried boiling water and throwing it in there, but that didn't help haha.
The baptism was so amazing though. We had a member that is friends with Ida give a talk along with Äldste Hambrick and they both did amazing. Then after that I ended up playing a musical number "Consider the Lilies" and I didn't mess up as much as I thought I would :) Then came the actual baptism! I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity to baptize Ida even if it was in cold water. Very cold water. All my practicing paid off though because I said the baptismal prayer perfectly and it only took one try to baptize her!
I'm so unbelievably grateful for the opportunity we all have to personally choose to be baptized. It is an ordinance that has individual meaning to each of us and is our way of showing Christ that we are willing to put the world behind us and follow him! I have such a strong testimony of the blessings of baptism and I'm already seeing Ida start to receive them :) Ida was really really nervous for the baptism but after she came up out of the water her first impression was really shocked almost like she had been dunked in a font full of really cold water, but after that she just had the most contagious smile on her face! She was so happy and we had a very firm handshake or "hand hug" as we like to call them haha. After we had changed and everything Ida got up and bore her testimony and it was so strong and the sprit was undeniable! She said that she has been a member of the Swedish Church and has been looking for a long time, but she said that now she stands as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and has found a church to be a part of for eternity :)
It feels so good to see that there are those who God has prepared for his church and sometimes it takes a long while to find them but when you do, the joy it brings you and it makes all the rejection worth it :) Our next goal with her is to get her to the temple and she already has a temple recommend interview set up for next week! Things are going swell here.
Another awesome thing that happened this week was that I went on splits with one of the Zone Leaders, Äldste Harris! Oh my goodness, he is so awesome! He's from Washington and is such a Christlike person and I learned so much from him! I learned like a million things from him but here's just one: Find joy in the little things. You've always gotta have fun in the moment! Even if you're knocking on doors and everyone says "jag är inte intresserad" and then close the door, you can still find joy in the little things. Whether it is just a fun way you knock on their door or having fun conversations between the doors, it helps you feel happier :)
Obviously we had a lot more things happen and had the opportunity to contact and knock on doors more this week which was neat! As a missionary you meet lots of different people and it's just super fun to get to know each of them! Also, this week in Lund was a HUGE Carnival so people from all over Europe came and so that was crazy but fun!
I forgot to add that when we had transfers a few weeks ago, Äldste Waters from South Jordan Utah transferred into our district! I never had the opportunity to know him before my mission, but he's such a cool guy and I can't wait to go on splits with him! It's always nice to have a fellow miner with you in the district haha.
Anyways, that's it for this week, but I hope you all have an awesome week! I've heard that the Jordan River Temple just got dedicated so please go appreciate that temple or just any temple around you! I know that the temple is the House of the Lord and when we really understand that for ourselves we know how important that is and what it can mean for us! I know this church is true and that God (the most powerful being in all the universe) loves each and everyone of his children! (And He has billions on the earth today) It's kind of crazy to think that He loves you and knows you by name but He does!