Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 25, 2016: Australia Week 34

This week Shanara finally got baptised! She was pretty nervous about getting dunked under and having to hold her breath, as I imagine most kids are, but she made it through alive and is doing well. Shanara is loving primary and has been making strong friendships in the ward. The only obstacle is that her mom, Lisa, is still less active due to work on Sundays, but Shanara gets a ride every week from members.
In Brahma Lodge things have been going fantastic as usual--this week I had the chance to go on a trade-off with my MTC companion, Elder Baker.
We have an interesting member here who loves to tell stories that may or may not have happened, including his dreams. Last Sunday he said the closing prayer in Elders Quorum and at the end, instead of simply saying "in the name of Jesus Christ, amen", he said, "in the name of the Great I Am, the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and Omega, the Annointed One, the Messiah, the Double-Edged Sword, even Jesus Christ, amen." 
Other than that, things have been pretty normal--we found a few new Chinese investigators this week who are going to teach us Mandarin while we teach them English. We're also going to be starting an English class here soon.
Here are some photos:
1 and 3. Shanara's baptism
2. Us and the Rileys, Shanara's close friends in the Church.

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