Do you remember the family that answered our knock at their door on the very first day we went out tracting? We had been out of the Missionary Training Center only four days when we decided to knock on a few doors. That’s when we met this sweet family: Ahna and Malia Lafaele. (They also have two young boys and a brand new baby girl.)
It took us a little while to get together and begin teaching, but what a rewarding effort it has been. They met the commitment to read the Book of Mormon and pray daily, and as a result, the seed of their testimonies grew. Brother Ahna was a non-member, and his wife, Malia, was an inactive member, but they worked together as a family to prepare for his baptism. On December 12, 2015, Brother Ahna followed the example of Jesus Christ by entering the waters and being baptized by an Elder holding the priesthood authority of God.
They were joined by a room filled to overflowing with family, friends, ward members and the SPIRIT! It was a wonderful thing for us to behold – the first baptism of our mission! How pleasing to the Lord that a choice son seeking to know the truth prayed, studied and came to understand the importance of being baptized by authority, to receive a remission of his sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. He and his family are being so blessed, and now they are looking forward to the day they can enter the Temple and be sealed eternally as a family, receiving their Patriarchal Blessings, of serving and growing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What a blessing for us to be a small part of this! This fruit of our labors has brought us feelings of joy they will live with us for a long time. And we are currently working with six investigators who are planning baptisms in January, 2016! Stay tuned, we will tell you a bit about their stories at another time!
We love serving our Mission. We can’t adequately express what it has meant to us thus far. Our message is remarkable and simple and there is “No more compelling work than this, nor any which brings greater satisfaction” (Preach My Gospel, v). Of this, we truly testify. We have risen to a new sense of commitment as we assist our Father in Heaven in His glorious work.