Elder Cody Denton

Elder Cody Denton

Monday, November 29, 2010

11/29/10 - Letter to the World

Bautismos de 27-11-2010

Good Afternoon family, friends, and conocidos!I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving, celebrated with plenty of pies, mashed potatoes, and turkey. I´m happy to announce that mine was rightly celebrated with a big old mountain of gallo pinto!...if you don´t remember what that one is, do a quick google images search! Lots to say and not much time! This last week my comp and I had 4 baptisms, ALL very exciting!Maura, Keri, and Fray -Maura is the wife of a recent convert, Orby. When Orby got baptized, he was going to get married with his wife, step daughter, and step-son...in law. When the day came, Maura never got ready. She told us that she didn´t have sandals so she couldn´t go. We knew that that was bogus and that there was another reason, but we didn´t know what it was. We went back a few days later, and she didn´t want to talk to us, we didn´t want to upset her, so we left, and planned to go back on Saturday, after she had time to cool off (from what?, I don´t know). Saturday came and she still didn´t want to talk to us, she was talking to her friends in Miskitu, and we didn´t understand a thing. We invited her to church, but she said she wasn´t going to go. After that, we would go back to visit Orby and his step-kids, but we never talked to Maura, because we didn´t want to make her angry, but every Saturday we invited her to church (she had never been). After about 2 or 3 months we found out that she had problems with her riƱones (¿kidneys?) and she couldn´t hardly walk.3 weeks ago we invited her to go to church again, not expecting anything out of it, and she said that she would go! I was shocked and excited, but at the same time, I didn´t really expect her to show up. But guess what! She did! I was super excited and all day I was wondering why she had changed her mind.We went by to talk to her that evening after church and we had a really neat experience. We asked her how she liked the church and she started telling us how much she loved it. She told us that she had been sick for 3 months, and no one from her church had gone to visit her and that during those 3 months, we went by every Saturday to see if she was okay and to animate her to go to church. She said that she was impressed with our dedication - teaching people all day long until after the sun goes down. And then she paused, and said, with a giant smile, ¨My son learned how to pray!¨. She had brought her 6-year old son to church with her and in primary they taught him how to pray. She was astounding and completely impressed. She told us that she wanted to be baptized along with 2 of her 3 kids (keri and fray). Saturday they were baptized in the Atlantic ocean and now, they´re next goal is to go to the temple!I´m out of time and I haven´t even mentioned Vicenta, who is AMAZING! I´ll write about her and her story next week.I hope you all have a fantastic week and enjoy the transition from November to Christmas!!!Love you all,Elder Denton II

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