Monday, November 15, 2010

My First Baptism

 "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
   And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! "
D&C 18: 15-16

Kassia's Day

Erika and her family

Dear Family!!!
  I love it here in Douglas!! One, it's been really cold!! We are always wearing our suits now. And our apartment has only one little heater in the bathroom. So we wake up FREEZING. But I found a blanket somewhere to go with my sheet haha. Now we're fine. We close our bedroom door, leave the bathroom one open, and let the heater heat our room. I bought candy cane hot chocolate packets today so that it will feel like Christmas. I hope I'm in Mexico for Christmas though. Two, I get along pretty well with my companions. It's definitely not so lonely with three of us. We have some really good conversations. Last night we were up until 12:30 in bed all talking about Beach vs. Mountains. It was 2 vs 1 (not fair, Utard and Udaho). But Elder Glenn was a shy, studious kid. Elder Bowen was a trouble-maker autoshop kind of kid. We are all pretty different, as I consider myself a scientist, pie-maker, Harry Potter fan. It's really fun here together. Three, I get to use Spanish all the time!! We went to a mexican family's home for dinner and had spaghetti and pizza. Have you ever heard of that? It's really good! I love mexican food now! ahaha what? I was confused. But we did go to a Chilean family's home for dessert one day. We got mate!! It burned my tongue really badly! She was from some city in the south, on the coast that started with a V. Four, it's really old here. All the buildings are really antique. It's so cool. We're going to a town called "Old Bisbee" today after lunch. You should look it up on google images or something. It's a little town set in the mountains. It's really colorful and kind of European. I'm excited to go.
We bike and drive. There are five of us in one ward, so the city is split in half for us. The best part though is that it's flat, so biking isn't hard. Unfortunately that leaves no excuse for my fall. My hand got all cut up, pretty deep too. It was embarrassing. But my scabby right hand kind of plays a role in my next story:
 I GOT A BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!
We were teaching three, unrelated people who all were set to be baptized on November 12th. Rae Marie is an old grandma who loves to finish your sentences and say "Gimminee Crickets!" or however you spell it. Michael (or Miguelito) is 42 or so and very short. He's really nice and was SO excited to be baptized. It really impresses me when people actually want to really know if this gospel is true. Because then they get a real answer. Erika is a single mom of three kids: Kassia, Erik, and Leyla. She'd been taking lessons for YEARS, but had her doubts. (She even thought that if she was baptized, the bishop was going to ask her to marry someone ahha). Finally she decided to keep her baptism date. Well, we'd been going to teach them all week, preparing them for their baptism, when two days before the baptismal service, Kassia asks us if she can get baptized too. She's eight. So yes!! We were so excited. I'd talked to her a bit. She's really sweet and very quiet. The day before the baptism we asked her who she wanted to baptize her. Immediately she pointed to me!!!! I was SO excited!! Let me tell you, it was one of the most special experiences of my life: so humbling and happy. I relate to D&C 18:15-16 so much more. I cannot really express how happy I am for her, and how honored I feel that I was able to baptize her. The other day she gave me one of her stuffed animals as a thank you. It was the lion from the movie "Madagascar". Wondering where my scabby hand comes in? Uh, duh, when I baptized her! I had it all wrapped up (for those of you who don't know, I had to raise my right hand to the square).
Love, Elder Mitchell Poirier.
My address is the same.

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Look Ma, No hands

My first mission injury---clumsy!

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