I felt the Spirit so strongly during their baptismal service, watching them go through it all, it made me remember my own baptismal covenants. And the testimony that they bore was so beautiful. Kirsty bore her testimony first - so brave! - she said that this had been quite a long journey but that she knows she is in the right place. And she talked about what a blessing their daugther Harriet is in their life - and that even her super friendly nature is a gift from Christ and that she knows that this is His church. Kyle started by saying that he was no social butterfly but then he just spoke from his heart. He spoke about how he was pretty agnostic for most of his life but that now he knows that God led him to Kirsty so that she could lead him to His church. And he spoke about how he knew for sure that God was there now and how a big part of his realisation of that was Harriet - because how could they create something so perfect? It must be from God. And Harriet is walking up and down the first row, throwing her arms in the air and smiling so hugely the whole time. He said he has no doubt whatsover that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that Thomas S Monson is a prophet today. Baptismal services are so special! I'll always remember it.
Also we sang a musical item - When I Am Baptised - and singing it reminded me of the time my little sister sang it for a solo in primary presentation and I was shocked because (1) she didn't tell us she had a solo and (2) she sounded GOOD! Not like she sounds when she used to wake me up by singing the Alex Boye and Carmen R version of "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today".... and the elder's investigator joined our musical item also with us. And primary songs are so great. Sister Soh was primary music leader before her mission and it sounds like so much fun! Thank goodness for her and for her experience. The lyrics are for the song that we sang are:
...is the same as ever! She has a solid testimony and is always telling us stories about when she gets the chance to share the gospel with others. She hasn't been too well lately after some surgery, and then a male redback spider bit her (! at least not female?) .... so we've missed her at church for a while. But perhaps this is part of the reason why I've been sent back to Christies Beach. Unfinished business! Gotta help out where I can. And Tiny, Thumbelina and Blossom her three saint bernard dogs are also the same as ever. Still big and furry and slobbery haha.
... and Paul are doing great too! Paul has been rebaptised which is awesome, and when I think of his story I can't help but link it to the Tad R Callister quote about things that you can live with and things that you cannot. He knows he cannot live without the gospel anymore. And Desiree is doing so well - she's back in Australia for a few years at least and she's studying and they are moving closer to the chapel soon so hopefully we'll have two new additions to the weekly Book of Mormon class!