Well I never like starting these letters off negative but here we go… Elder Cox died this week (What you call it when a missionary goes home) and that was kind of sad. I mean just seeing him have all of these “last time doing this” and “last time doing that” on his mission. I could tell that he was really going to miss this place. It just makes me want to get as much out of my mission as possible even though I know I am going to always wish I did more.
Aright so today was P-Day and it was funny because all of the missionaries who play cricket in my zone have been challenging me to play cricket with them and since one of them leaves next week I figured I would play this week. Well I feel kind of bad because these 3 missionary were talking a whole bunch of trash and in cricket you only get 7 bowls (or pitches). I waited for my turn until those three guy were next to bat. I went up there and pitched to them, well I only got to bowl 3 times because I hit the wickets on all three of them my first three tries so then the game was over and my team won 18-2. Cricket is a weird game and definitely not a hard as baseball that’s for sure.
Also this week I got to go with elder Cox on his last day of being a missionary and the first guy we contacted that morning we ended up getting in his car and talking to him for a little bit and we gave him a Book of Mormon and it was just kind of funny. Also we talked to a lot of weird people and Elder Cox was just like “man I’m going to miss all of the crazy people here”. I already know that I will too because I love getting sung random songs about Jesus Christ and about Mormon people while were walking through the ghetto and stuff. Don’t worry, only about 30% of the people here are crazy. There are sane people here too.
I really don’t have that much to talk about between last Monday and today except two more things so bare with me.
I like sports so when possible I like to find time to play with kids and stuff. On Friday there were a lot of youth play a huge football game in a field by our church. We stopped and played with them. It’s just crazy how good these kids are. Because were bigger we push them around and such but it’s just crazy having these little kids just flying up and down the field kicking balls and doing crazy moves. I feel really inadequate when I’m playing but it’s still fun. They like it when I play because they can just say "Big White" and I know who that is. We are going to try to get these kids to come to church some time because they are really cool kids. They are kids and they don’t often live up to their word but we will keep trying.
Alright, so now to the thing you have been waiting for. Verna was baptized this last Saturday and I got the privilege of doing the baptism. It was a very unique experience because it is the first time I have ever done it and I was definitely nervous. When we stepped down into the font the spirit came over me and felt so comfortable down there. I knew that I was going to do just fine and I wasn’t going to mess up. It made it so much easier for me to see the spirit inside of Verna and to see her and the difference between before she went under water and when she came up. When she was about to go down, she was very nervous and really scared but as I comforted her and put her under and pulled her up she came up in tears and was crying and saying thank you. It was just so amazing. I almost gave her a hug but then I realized that I am not allowed to do that but it was just a really amazing experience to be able to do that for someone and to see how far she has come to being able to make this covenant with Heavenly Father. I know that she will be blessed greatly for the choices she has made.
I love this place so much. I know when it’s my time to go home I will not want to leave because even now when I think about having to leave this place, I just can’t believe that someday I actually have to leave this place. I have never felt the spirit more strong than when I have been here. I love you all so much and good luck to Paloma Valley baseball! I think the season is coming up soon. 4 Peat!
Love Elder Fokken