ON Monday 15 December 2014 Elder Kamilos wrote:
Dear Mom and Dad
Toni was BAPTIZED yesterday! His brother-in-law performed the ordinance, and it was such an emotional and spiritual moment for all of us. The progress this brother has made since we first met him is incredible! He´s very very shy and was pretty indecisive at first, the Spirit of the Lord entered his heart, and when he made the decision to be baptized, I could literally see the difference in him, with his confidence and faith. His prayers became so sincere, as he thanked Heavenly Father for the revelation he received concerning baptism (he actually used those words!) and for the changes he´s made in his life.
This week, we´re really hoping for a miracle, as one of the couples we´re working with is really progressing! Ricardo and Carla are legally married, and have been investigating the church since October. They even went to General Conference! This past week, we taught about the living prophets and apostles, shared The Living Christ, and gave them a conference issue of the Liahona. At one point, Ricardo asked us what we believed concerning the prophecy of the prophet Elijah coming
in the last days. I said "GREAT QUESTION, WE´LL EXPLAIN RIGHT NOW!" I got really excited about this, because it brought us into the subject of temple ordinances, sealing power, and ETERNAL MARRIAGE. I put that in all caps, because the spirit literally fell upon us, and the moment
we started explaining how Elijah restored the keys of the power to seal on earth and in Heaven in the House of the Lord in Kirtland, the Spirit began talking and I realized I was just a mouthpiece, haha. But when we stated that when one is married in the temple by one who holds sealing power, that marriage lasts FOREVER. For all eternity. This was a new concept to them, and they got excited! Especially Carla. At one point, Ricardo even said, "we´re gonna be sealed in the Recife temple!" So basically, we just need to mark their baptism and get them on the path to the temple right away! I am SO excited for this miracle. Ricardo is a man very well learned in the scriptures, has a lot of faith, and is certainly a future leader in the kingdom of God. I keep telling my companion that we´re on the brink of baptizing a future stake president, haha. Of course, all have the same potential in becoming like Heavenly Father, but I just feel that this couple has a big role to play here on earth.
So I´ll keep y´all updated on their progress! Also, I´m thinking I´ll probably do Skype in the morning, 11 a.m. my time (8 a.m. Central Time) on Christmas day. I´ll confirm everything next week.
I hope y´all are enjoying the holiday season! It´s a little different for me here, because it´s about a thousand degrees always, haha. But it´s a great experience.
I love you all! Stay well, and Feliz Natal!