Hello hello y'all!!
This week was solid and it flew by.
What made this week so solid? Mayur was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday. The service was fantastic. We tried something new, we held the service before sacrament meeting. Sacrament starts at 9:30AM, which is early enough already for many Indians, so an 8:45AM service may not have been so appealing. Attendance was sparse, though what may have lacked in attendance was made up for by an abundance of the Spirit. How did Mayur find the Church? He literally googled "churches near me," and less than a month later he's a member. God even uses Google to lead people to the truth! Mayur even came on exchange with us AS AN INVESTIGATOR because he wanted to help us share the truth that has changed his life.
The change that occurs in people because of the Gospel is incredible. It is especially evident here in the Whitefield Road ward. Another example: President Mortensen's driver, Vishnu, is a member here in our ward. His wife and children are not members. In months past, when we asked Vishnu if we could come share a message with his family and he was hesitant and uneasy. But something happened recently--Vishnu went into missionary mode. His sister-in-law moved in with them a less than a couple weeks ago, looking for a job, and ever since then he has been HOUNDING us to come share messages with his family haha. Amazing. It has been a lot of fun teaching their family, we will keep you posted on their progress.
I hope everyone has a great week.
Keep the faith,
pic 1 - Mayur with Bro. Hemanth, our ward mission leader, who baptized Mayur! Side note: Bro. Hemanth served with Josh a few years ago. They were never companions but they were missionary contemporaries.
pic 2 - Mayur and Sunil Kumar Singh (the north Indian brotherhood)
pic 3 - us with Mayur and Bishop, in front of the font, just before Mayur's baptism service
pic 4 - us with Mayur, Bishop, and Venkat, who is on track to be baptized this coming Sunday!