Monday, July 29, 2013

A new zone and a baptism!

Well, we had a baptism this last Saturday!  An awesome day to say the least.  I was surprised by how many people showed up, it turned out to be a group about the size of our normal sacrament meetings.  Members from both his and L's family were there, as well as half the Ward and about 6 or 8 missionaries that were a part of his teaching.  It made for quite the Baptismal program, and the spirit packed a serious punch!  The talks were given by members of the family and close friends, all of whom are strong members, and I got to tickle some ivory for the hymns and prelude music.  There were so many people there, I had to stand all the way in the back of the primary room, where the baptismal font is.  Luckily, I'm tall enough to be able to pull such a feat off.  I would honestly say it could have been the best-put-together baptism I've been to out here.  I'm pretty sure it was due to the family's involvement in it, almost felt like we were at a family reunion.  Afterwards, Elder Singleton and I were invited out to the BBQ at their house with the family.  J's side of the family actually aren't members, but they are very supportive and have respected his decision to be baptized.  They were some really nice people, we got to meet most of them.  As I was talking with his brother and sister right before we left, a random member from Esbjerg walks by and jokingly says "watch out guys, he's a missionary, don't give him your telephone number!" Kind of killed the conversation actually, but was pretty funny.  All in all, it was quite the day.  There should be three pictures attached.  The first is him and his wife, and her father, who baptized him.  He's the Ward mission leader in Esbjerg.  The second is me struggling to fit into the same picture as him, looking a bit freakishly tall in that one :/ Beyond that, it's been a week of being all over the place!  Wednesday and Thursday we were in Copenhagen on splits with the AP's which was a good time.  The 3rd picture is our 3 generation mission family!  Elder VanDenBerghe received his new missionary this last week, and the timing couldn't have been any better to be on AP splits.  I got to play AP for the day and go to the new trainer/trainee meeting and got to know the two new missionaries that came.  My grandson is Elder Ludlow, and, well, he's a champion.  Couldn't be a prouder grandfather.  He actually went to Alta, and is a hockey player, it's kind of crazy how many missionaries here grew up 10 minutes from us.  Well, those are the highlights!  It was good to hear from everyone.  Love you all, see you in a short 142 days!