Well, there was a lot that went on this past week…but to save you all from having a ton of stuff to read, I will just tell you all about the best part. So, a couple of weeks ago I told you all a little bit about a very special man Jorge that we were teaching. Yesterday, Jorge was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The story that goes along with that is what I am going to consider a great miracle.
Just to give you a quick reminder, Jorge is an investigator that we had been teaching for a couple of weeks now. Sadly, he has a cancer that is slowly killing him… it was necessary to remove one of his kidneys as well as an entire rib. Despite it all, he was really receptive to the teachings that we provided. Due to his delicate physical situation however, baptism was always a touchy topic. About two weeks ago, after having a really powerful lesson with him, we planned his baptism for the ninth of December. In between that time, he needed to make sure he was physically able for the baptism while Elder Gonzalez and I made sure that he was spiritually nurtured and he understood what we were teaching him.
Fast forward two weeks and its the day of the baptism, 3:00 is the scheduled service. My companion and I pass by his house at about 10:30 and Jorge is no where to be found. We knock the door, call him on the phone, ask the neighbors…no one knows where he has gone. We went along our way praying for a miracle and then at 1:00 we got the call from Jorge. He had called his brother to take him to get a couple things done before the baptism…he would be there on time. What a relief that was.
The service was great! Due to his physical condition, we filled the font to the top and then brought a seat into the font so that he could sit down while a member performed the ordinance. I went in to assist with lowering him into the water…it was a pretty neat experience.
Well in turns out that Jorge had given it all he had to make it through the baptism and right after the service was taken to the hospital by his brother for all the pain that he was in. The doctors helped him but told him that on Sunday at 12:00 they would pass by to take him to the hospital where he would be carefully watched over for the rest of the time that he has on this earth.
At 11:00, Sunday morning Jorge was confirmed a member of the Church and received the Holy Ghost as he laid in his bed, too sick to move. An hour later, he was moved to an ambulance and then carried to a hospital.
On his way out he looked to my companion and I and told us thanks for all that we had done for him in a truly difficult time of his life. He then told us how grateful he was for the blessing that he had to be baptized, a member of the true Church of Christ while still on this earth. It was something that I will never forget.
I know that Christ has restored His church once more upon the earth. I testify that Christ lives. He is our Savior and Redeemer. I am so grateful to be here, especially during this time of year, to share what I know to be true with those willing to listen to my companion and I. I am also grateful for all that my good friend Jorge has taught me in the little time that I had to get to know him. I know that due to that decision that he has made, he will be prepared to enter into the next phase in the Lords plan.
Well that was the miracle of the week, I hope everyone could learn a little something from his story. Have a good week!