Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been filled with challenges, as they all are, trying to run a mission and 116 missionaries before transfers. But somehow, the spirit makes you forget all the difficulties. We attended the baptism this week of 18 year old young woman named Angel. Just a little background. She was visiting her aunt one evening, who happened to have an appointment with the sisters. Out of curiosity, she sat in on the lesson and had a million questions. She had seen elders before in Port of Spain, but had never spoken to them and wondered about the church they represented. The area where the sisters were teaching had just recently been re-opened after being closed for two years. Angel's family lived in another area of Trinidad and they temporarily lost track of her. Dad opened up new area in Trinidad to missionary work and guess who they found? Angel !!! She knew it was not by chance and began to speak with the missionaries again. She became well acquainted with two sets of sisters over the last 41/2 months and was baptized Saturday and confirmed today.
Her baptism was performed by a member of the ward who had known her since she was 4 years old. Brother Ramatar was the bus driver for her school route and had always thought she was a special little girl. Imagine the joy he experienced when he saw her come to the church for the first time and they recognized each other. He paid her and her family a special tribute at the baptism. Her family is Muslim and they all came to support her at the baptism. Her six year old little sister, Fairee, stood during open testimonies at the conclusion of the baptism and said, "I was so excited to come to my sister's baptism today. I want my whole family to be baptized and love Jesus! The power of the spirit was undeniable as that little girl spoke from her heart and politely took a bow.
Angel and her little sister came to church today. She was confirmed and then later in the meeting declared from the pulpit the truthfulness of the restored gospel, her love for her Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and the gratitude she had for missionaries who would leave the comforts of home and family and come to Trinidad to teach her the truth. We left our home and family for days like these. We are grateful for wonderful new converts and pray for their continued conversion to the gospel, as we do for yours, and ours!
Trini and Dad