This is what was in my email first thing this morning:
Ben always thought it would be cool to have a baptism in the ocean, but they usually have fonts in their church buildings. In his current area, they use a portable font that they unpack and fill up when they have a baptism. But this week, the lock on the closet where they keep the font was broken and they couldn't get in. Too bad!
To me, there are three wonderful things about this picture. One, just look at that view! I can't get over how gorgeous our world is - I keep turning around and seeing something even more amazing. My heart is filled with awe and gratitude that the Lord would make something like this... for me. Two, this is something Ben wanted to do and didn't think he could. I'm just so happy for him. And three, I'm glad that he could share something I hold so precious with these three people who have grown to love the Gospel, too. I wish them every happiness and joy as they embark on this new journey.
Here is Ben's account of the baptism. I love how things can be awesome and full of strong feelings and hilarious at the same time. Aren't our hearts amazing that we can feel different things simultaneously?
My companion may have had to rebaptize someone 3 times because he kept mistiming the waves and going down at a low point... It was so funny! We were way out there because the beach is shallow and it was just me and the other witness from the branch and we were like "HURRY!!!" and he was rushing the prayer and then we'd get slammed by a couple big waves and the baptizee was thinking she was going to die and then he got hit by a big wave and dropped her in and then as he was pulling her out he got hit by another wave and got knocked over. So he took a little dip. And lost his badge... That's what you get for swimming Elder!!! I was dying laughing!
(And then) Elder Price and I are trying to pull Lala out of the water. He was halfway through his prayer and a wave hit so she thought it was time to go under. We were like NOOOO NOT YET!!! And trying to save her.
Then I did it once and was done... Haha it was one of the funnest but most spiritual things I've done on my mission.
And here is the South Africa blog, too. Love these boys, and I'm glad they get to make these kinds of memories.