Had a busy week preparing for Masha's baptism, but everything worked out in the end! Our branch president rented a little pool-type thing, and we got to the branch building at 6:00 a.m. to start filling it with water. It filled up much faster than we were told, so we went ahead and watched Joseph Smith: The Prophet of The Restoration with our branch mission leader who is a former missionary from the Moldova mission and who returned less than six months ago.
Masha didn't want tons of people there, so it was a small event with a few members, other people learning more about the church, and some of Masha's friends. She asked me to baptize her. While I have done much harder things in my life, that was honestly the most nerve-racking thing I've ever done! It wasn't only a huge day for Masha, but it was the first time a baptism had taken place in the branch building for about 15 years. Of course, there have been baptisms, but they've been in other places like spas or rivers. The branch members were really excited about it happening in their own building.
Saturday also happened to be my companion's birthday, so right before English practice that night we celebrated! Masha bought a cake and tie for Elder Baggaley, and all the missionaries and a few other friends just chilled for about 20 minutes. Elder Baggaley had a good birthday. We also celebrated because we knew we'd be staying together in Sumy a third transfer! We're going to get a lot done now that we have our own apartment, and we're excited for the next six weeks. Unfortunately, Elder Rowland will be going all the way done to Herson, so we had to say goodbye to him today. Sumy loved him, and he loved Sumy. He will be missed! An Elder Stosich will be replacing him, and he is Elder Baggaley's MTC companion! So that'll be fun for them, haha!
Speaking of Elder Baggaley, he was the one to pronounce a blessing on Masha when we confirmed her a member of the church and gave her the Holy Ghost, and he did super well. It is not easy to stand up in front of a lot of people and give an important blessing in a language you've been studying for 4.5 months, but he rocked it!
Had a great week, and we're ready for another one. Hope all you are doing well.