In the last post, Duncan mentioned that he ran into Reed and Karen (his uncle & aunt), and they took some pictures. Here they are:
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[Sorry! I forgot to post this last week. So you get two today!]
So here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken during my first transfer in the field! It’s wierd to think I’m in my second transfer now.
Alright, now for the news. The little girl, Angie, who was baptized by Elder Gines was confirmed yesterday. By me. My GROODness I can’t even tell you how nervous I was! I had to do it in Spanish, and I had to get the words right, and be loud enough so the whole congregation could hear me but still not have my voice crack, and on top of all that I had to give her a blessing. To be honest, I don’t even remember saying, “Recibe el Espìritu Santo.” I remember bits and pieces of the blessing, but man. Crazy. Afterwards, I literally felt nothing. I was just gone. There was no part of me that was my own; I had no control over my senses or any part of my body. I could think my own thoughts, but I was definitely not there for the rest of the service. There was something else occupying my body, and I just felt like… I don’t know, it was weird. Amazing, but weird. Do you even know what it feels like to feel nothing? The absolute definition of peace. I guess that’s a better way to describe how I felt. Complete and total peace. It was so powerful that it wasn’t possible for me to worry about anything, to be afraid, or anything like that. All I could think was that I had participated in a saving ordinance for a daughter of God. That God–THE God–had worked through me to give one of His children the gift of the Holy Ghost. It blew my mind that a Diety would trust someone like me with that kind of power and authority. But really, like I said, I wasn’t in control of myself. I was just the tool that the Lord decided to use. But it’s not like I felt like someone else was controlling my body. It was just… I dunno, I can’t really describe it. I didn’t feel forced, you know? I wanted to do all the things I was doing… it’s just that I knew, I could feel, that Someone Else was working through me. It was incredible. Dag, yo.
Another sweet opportunity found its way into our path this week. We just had to teach the missionary discussions to this guy. Totally prepared! He has one of the strongest testimonies I’ve ever seen. He has got to be one of the most humble men I have ever seen. My heart truly weeps for him. Through the opportunity I’ve had to teach him, I’ve learned far more than he has. He has strengthened me. I urge every preisthood holder to take their calling and office seriously. Do NOT take it for granted. Indeed, ‘many are called, but few are chosen’ because they choose not to appreciate the incredible blessing that the Lord has seen fit to bestow upon them. DO NOT PUT YOUR RIGHT TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN DANGER. And sieze every opportunity you have to use it. Do your home teaching. Magnify your callings. You cannot imagine how awful it is to be in his situation. He said many times that he wouldn’t wish it upon his worst enemy. And if you knew him, that would say a LOT. For your own sake, please don’t put yourself in his shoes.
So if you missed this week’s email post and/or are too lazy to go back and find it, I’ve updated the About page to include Duncan’s mission-home mailing address where he can receive your letters and packages (and note, from this point on, Dear Elder letters will charge you the cost of the stamp to send it).
Also, since Duncan will be free of the clutches of the MTC’s no-attachments policy, he’ll be able to send more pictures.