This past week me and my companion met a golden Investigator, well, she more found us. We were walking up the hill to one of our areas when she called out to us and said she didn’t want to walk alone because she was scared. Of course we were glad to walk with her and eventually got her information and went to meet her a few days later. We went with a member, recent convert, Ed, who was already friends with her. Her first question, before we'd even started our first lesson, was "what are your regulations for Baptism?"
We had a good lesson, taught all about the Church and the Restoration of the Priesthood, then we invited her to be baptized. She accepted but before we could set a date for her baptism Ed interrupted. He completely broke the atmosphere of the spirit when he said" it’s not ok to take a selfie in the font." This caused him to tell the story of his baptism. When he walked into the water, before they had opened the sliding/viewing door, he had his phone up taking a selfie, and then when the door was opened everyone was shocked and laughed a little bit. They just took his phone and went on with the ordinance. Ed is 22.
Another thing is she told us about one of her past religions: Jesus Miracle Crusade. I was shocked and disgusted to hear some of the things they do. They are forced to fast from water and food for 3 days, if they don’t they are excommunicated. They are prohibited from medicine, only the grace of God and their prayers can save them from the common cold or a deadly virus. And girls can’t get their hair cut, just trimmed a tiny bit. And inside of the chapel, it is prohibited for girls and boys to shake hands, and they sit on opposite sides of the room, so you get separated from your family at church. This is just one of the MAAANY different churches. They are all way different and don’t make sense to me, but I'll save them for a different email. That is just one f the many struggles of being a missionary here. There’s a different religion in basically every neighborhood and people don’t like to walk too far, even for the true restored church.
Fun Fact: We sometimes find their brochures or magazines (of other churches) Elder Bagnall has a fun time highlighting all the false doctrine and correcting it.
Take care Everyone!!!