Mariah's baptism was AWESOME! I loved teaching her, and I learned a lot about how the Holy Ghost works with each one of us. Mariah had an experience where she personally felt the Holy Ghost keep her safe from harms way, and that experience was able to help her make and keep her decision to be baptized! I am so grateful to have the chance to teach her, but also to learn from her and her example. I know now if face with a tough choice, do not fear just trust in the answer from Heavenly Father which comes by way of the Holy Ghost!
This is one of the most amazing families your could ever meet! I love them all! Krystal (mom) and Celest (daughter) were baptized. Each time we met with them, you could see their faith growing. The closer and closer to baptism you could see how they truly desired to follow Christ. My testimony grew as I watched them have the desire to change. Change can be scary at times, but these two showed great faith and trusted that as the relied on the Lord the change would be for the better!
Teaching Ben was always a good time. He would always have a big smile, and always be so happy. Everything we taught he always cheerfully accepted. During the time we might with him, his happiness and excitement for the gospel was contiguous! It was sweet to see Elder McBride and Elder Bohnet finish up teaching Ben, and to baptize him. Hearing them say the same thing, "Ben is always so happy!" I learned from Ben to always see the good in life, and smile while you are living it!
Jairo is the most faithful person I have ever met. He will forever be an example to me, and a "testimony-builder" on enduring well. For Jairo his answer did not just come from one prayer or reading a verse or two, but it only came after he truly strives and humbly plead for an answer. My faith has grown so much on daily prayer, daily scripture study, fasting, and completely relying on the Lord as we met with Jairo. Jairo is my brother, good friend, and fellow disciple of Christ
Aphrodite, is a great example of love. Each time we taught her I thought about how the gospel effects much more than us as individuals, but the blessings pour out to our families too. Every lesson Aphrodite would bring her little baby girl (little on the wild side, but cutest little girl you could met), being the great mom she was she would try to tend after her, as well as she tried to focus on the lesson. By Aphrodite's example of patience, love, and willingness to do best for not only her but also her daughter, by being baptized taught me a lot on how each of our choice to live the gospel blesses much more than just ourselves!
Cheryl, she is like an angel here on earth. This lady has such a love for God, and a great spirit about her! It was so awesome to be a part of the step she made to follow God. She has great faith, and had such a strong desire to love her fellow man, and to love God!! With her baptism my testimony grew on how God knows us personally, and the commitment/covenant we make with God at our own baptisms! God will always hold up his half!!
Brandon is a stud of a kid! He is part of an amazing family full of love! Seeing his family unite and feel the spirit fill their home as they choose to live the Gospel was amazing! My testimony on the priesthood grew with Brandon, his dad was able to get the Melchizedek priesthood so he could baptize and confirm his son, now that is AWESOME! This family is great!
Mat is a joker. You could never tell when he was serious or playin' a joke. It was always nice to go to Mat's after a tough day, because he would always make you laugh! About 2 weeks after his baptism we got to hear him bare his testimony at dinner when he knew for himself that the church was true, it was legit!
Jason, is a great guy! As we would teach Jason my testimony on the Atonement grew. I knew as we taught him about the Savior's love that it is so real! His baptism was way sweet seeing, the real goal is to take his wife to the temple. The blessing of the Gospel is not only for the here and now, but it last an eternity!!
Lauren, it was way fun to teach someone around my age. Most of the questions she would ask I had asked myself time and time again. It was awesome seeing someone graduating high school about to face the real world still put God as a main priority, and by her own choice. My testimony grew that the Gospel is for all phases of life, and the blessing and message is still true!
Tom, he is the man! He questioned everything, every time we met with him I would take a second, and look at my own beliefs and my testimony. As we taught him, my testimony on the Plan of Salvation grew and grew. I loved the lessons, because each time I would be asked questions I couldn't answer, but the spirit still would testify of the truth of the message.
It has been a blessing to be a part of these amazing peoples lives. To see them learn and grow. To be honest I feel like they all taught me so much more than I could ever teach them! Baptism is an amazing thing! Each time someone makes this step it is a miracle, and a blessing to all those who see and are a part of it!!