"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." - D&C 123:17
There were no baptisms scheduled for last weekend in the Bilbao Ward, although the missionaries had been doing all that was within there power to help their investigators progress. On Wednesday the Elders met with AJ, a young single adult who was preparing to be baptized later in the month of March. They reviewed with him the baptismal interview questions and, sensing that he was fully prepared and committed, asked if he would like to be baptized on Saturday. He readily agreed.
On Wednesday evening the Elders received a phone call from a recent convert who shares an apartment with another investigator, Tito. The Elders had been teaching Tito for several weeks, but during the last two weeks he had not really been progressing and they had not reported him as a progressing investigator. But after not attending Church last Sunday, he realized how much he was missing, and prayed for guidance. He felt he needed to move forward and get baptized. The Elders agreed to set up a baptismal interview for him on Saturday following the baptism of AJ to see where he was spiritually.
On Saturday Tito attended the baptism, as did another young adult, Carolina. Carolina attended Church regularly and came to the YSA activities, but because her parents opposed her joining the Church the Elders had never taught her. After the baptismal service Carolina came up to the Elders and said through her tears, "I want to be the next one baptized" and asked if she could be baptized Sunday with Tito! They discovered that she had received all of the lessons two years ago, and as she had been attending Church regularly, had a good understanding of the principles and was living all the commandments. She had felt the Spirit so strongly during the service that she felt compelled to be baptized despite the opposition of her parents.
By the end of the day on Sunday, the Bilbao Ward had three wonderful new young single adult members. When missionaries do all things that lie in their power, the Lord's arm is revealed and great miracles occur!
The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca
The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.