Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baptism of 3

Last Saturday (before we got lost), we were able to attend the baptism of a young couple (who have a 2 year old daughter) and their friend who lives with them. They are Russian-speaking Latvians and have embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ with joy and thanksgiving.

The member who baptized them was very involved with the missionaries in teaching the three. It is so important for the members of the Church to fellowship and help teach investigators. That is always true, but more important here where the Church is so new and small. It's so helpful for the new members to have the support of those who have been in the Church for a longer period of time. I hope to have that opportunity when I return home.

I have now attended about a dozen baptisms and each time, as the baptismal prayer is offered and the person immersed in water, the Spirit testifies to me that the Lord's work is going forward and that it is, in very fact, the work of the Lord in bringing souls until Christ.

It looks right now like we will be celebrating the 4th of July with a young Latvian family being baptized and at least one other person--here in Riga. Hopefully there will be others baptized that day in Estonia and Lithuania.

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