Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fort Jackson News

I love when the APs come for dinner.  We always quiz them about their morning at the Fort.  When we talked to them last week, they said they thought there would be 11 baptisms today.  There was only 1.  Elder Muir said he didn't know what happened, but none of the soldiers who were on date showd up at church.  The one soldier who was baptized is the son of not one, but two Baptist ministers.  I told the Elders that it will be interesting to find out what his parents have to say about his baptism.  Elder Muir said, "He'll probably go home and baptize both of them.  He has the Aaronic Priesthood, you know."   These kids are very optimistic!  Ü. Giving up the ministry to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be a huge decision.  Those parents would be giving up their livelihood!

Despite the fact that there was only one baptism, the Elders and the Sisters who teach out there were very excited about all the activity.  They said there were so many soldiers who wanted to be taught that they didn't even have time to teach them all.  One soldier walked up to Elder Muir and said he wanted to be baptized.  His battle buddy, a returned missionary, had taught him all the lessons and he was ready.  He will probably be baptized next Sunday.  I asked the Elders if they were writing all these experiences and stories in their journals.  They'd better be!

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