The other situation was on Tuesday. That is the P-Day for the missionaries at the MTC here. They are assigned an endowment session either in the morning or the afternoon. There were four missionaries who went to the afternoon session who asked afterwards if they could do baptisms. Because there were four we didn't need extra men, but just to free up Craig from what he was doing (covering for others, since his assignment was baptistry) they had to wait for 45 minutes. Since they are endowed they can do only family names, of which they had none, but someone had "happened" to bring down a bunch of male names to do, so we could proceed. When we got set up it appeared that the impetus was to help one of the Elders have the experience of baptizing, and doing it in English. The Elders were from Wales, Hungary, Japan and Hong Kong, all going to London, English speaking. (In the MTC right now out of 47 missionaries, 17 countries are represented!) Three of them spoke English at least relatively well. One didn't at all, and was quite shy anyway. The three lovingly asked if this one Elder could practice reading the card, and they were so kind and encouraging as they helped him with the words. (And very cute when they reminded him to read left to right, not downward!) Then the one he was baptizing got on his knees to make it more comfortable. One of the others said, "Elder, would it be easier if I got your glasses for you?" And on it went. These are young boys at a normally very selfish age. But they spent their precious, limited free hours on P-Day to rally around one timid, awkward Elder and help him have a positive experience. The joy on their faces, and the love they had for the work they were doing and for each other filled our hearts with such gratitude to be able to witness. We have not been able to talk about it all week without getting tearful. If all people were that concerned about helping each other, what a different world this would be!
|The temple grounds are kept in such pristine conditions.|
Even with our freezing temperatures, these happy flowers
greet us as we approach the front doors of the temple.