Over a year ago we began teaching John. His wife is a less-active member to whom he’s been married for 30 years. They have three children that are grown and are legal guardians for two grandchildren. John was ready for baptism a year ago but he got a nasty virus that attacked his heart. He’s been trying to regain his health ever since then. A month ago, Elder O’Neal again challenged him to be baptized and he accepted! On Saturday, 13 May, we drove down to Hamilton, 3 hours away, so we could go to the chapel of his in-laws and use a font (the rivers up here would be way too old). It was a beautiful service. We even got permission to also give him the Gift of the Holy Ghost and the Aaronic Priesthood since his family wanted to participate in the ordinances. John is in the middle, Liam the nephew on his left performed the baptism and Graeme (his father-in-law) to the left of Liam confirmed him. Elder O’Neal bestowed on him the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained him to be a priest.
Then on Sunday we had our monthly FHE where it was our last turn to host🙁. We were only missing 3 members of our group and had 14 attending. There’s always way more food than we can eat. And it was a delight to have John’s family attend and get to know us all.
Also, for the last year or so, Elder O’Neal has been able to volunteer in Bruce’s panelbeating shop (body shop). Bruce has not been to church since he was 14 or so and keeps accusing Elder O’Neal of trying to get him to go back to church (which would be awesome). Actually I think Buddy loves playing with all of Bruce’s tools and having access to them has also helped him to fix lots of things for others. It’s been a win-win situation. P.S. We snuck this picture when Bruce wasn’t looking.
We love it here! Kia Ora, Elder and Sister O’Neal