This week was quite the whirlwind, and by Sunday night we were all exhausted. But despite the exhaustion, it also shaped up to be one of the best weeks of my mission – the highlight, of course, being the baptism that took place on Saturday evening.
We spent most of the week in baptism mode, getting everything ready for the big day. The Maribor church doesn’t have a built-in font, so we instead use a temporary pool of sorts. Getting it set up is quite the process, and once it’s up the water takes more than 24 hours to heat up. But, together with the Johnsons we were able to get it all set up and warm.
The day of the actual baptism finally came, and it turned out to be one of the sweetest services I’ve been to. Ines (the girl getting baptized) was absolutely thrilled, and her happiness and excitement were contagious. We had most of the Maribor branch members there plus many from Celje, and for the first time on my mission I saw the Maribor chapel filled with people. What a great sight! We had two speakers, two missionary musical numbers, and the actual baptism. Elder Johnson baptized her (in Slovene no less) and the Spirit was so strong. Ines was absolutely beaming the whole time, and it’s exciting to see the change that baptism can bring to a person. In her testimony after being baptized she bore simple witness that the Church is true and that God has a plan for us. She also shared the 23rd Psalm, her favorite scripture:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
What a beautiful description of the Lord’s love for us – He truly is our Shepherd. The next day I had the opportunity to confirm Ines, and she’s now the newest member of the Maribor branch!