We have a few people who are getting ready for baptism in May or are very close to committing to it. We are very excited and especially myself because I only have 3 weeks to really work with investigators and help people to come to the waters of baptism. It is not at all about me and that I want to baptize to feel good for me but that really is our purpose as missionaries and it will be tough changing my focus from that to helping missionaries for my extension. I love to baptize people because I know with out reservation that this is Christ's true church and that as they make covenants with God in His church they can and will change and become happy like never before possible.
Two of the people that are preparing for baptism are Justin and Allison. I think I told you about them, they are 18 and 16 and dating each other. They came to church on Sunday and loved it and plan on coming again the following week. They are stopping smoking and have given up tea and are really progressing a lot. Another one of the 4 people we are getting ready for baptism is a 9 year old, Lexi, who comes from a less active family who we are working to reactivate so that Lexi can get baptized and continue to keep the commandments after baptism. The last person is Bethany and she is 7th day advesntist and has some different views obviously but is very open and desires to know what is true. She has a kid and is only about 21 and living with her mom so her life is a little down right now but she is a wonderful person and very sincere.
I love you all so much and it makes me smile to hear of your success and your love for the Lord and each other. I have the best family in the world and love to know that we can be together forever and not just this life. I know Christ lives for I feel His love, a real tangible love and cleansing. I know this is His church because I feel His love as I read the book of Mormon and keep the commandments. God lives and answers my prayers and I am sure He answers yours too. Keep being a missionary everyday and although I miss you so much I will see you on June 24th with no regrets and a big smile on my face and love in my heart for you, Fresno and the Lord.
-Love Elder Neeley