The next event was a baptism for this beautiful girl. She was with her friend a week ago, and we were asked to teach a lesson to her and her friend when we came out of the temple about family history, temple work, and setting goals for that after her baptism. We were excited to attend the baptism. When we arrived, the Elders asked if I could play the piano and I said certainly. Last Sunday, I had the unique experience of leading a room full of polynesians in singing the hymns and this week was just as special as I played the hymns while they sang in Mandarin. Music is truly the universal language and when 2 sweet sisters in the middle of the program asked me to play for them to sing a Primary song, it was amazing. I played a song that I couldn't even read any of the words and they could sing in another language. Very touching. One of the sweet sisters sat behind Elder and I and offered to translate. Everyone else there was able to converse in at least 2 languages. Very humbling.
After the baptism, we returned to the car with the Sister Missionaries. We all got in and buckled up when I noticed someting moving on the front dashboard. We couldn't get out of that car fast enough and grabbed the camera to get a few shots of this Huntsman Spider climbing all over my seat. Elder was chasing him valiantly while the Sisters were out of the car hiding behind their bags.
The spider headed into the trunk but seemed too big to get in. Elder swept him onto the ground while the rest of us jumped back into the car and slammed the doors. The perfect ending to a perfect day with lots of laughs and screams. Oh, by the way, this was a small Huntsman and they are not harmful to humans. But they eat a lot of other bad insects. They're just huge!
I was asked to give the talk on baptism and was asked to use lots of pictures and bring gifts! So of course, I accommodated!
The Ma Family have a son serving a mission in Hong Kong and have been at some of the lessons as well as reside in the same ward with Anlong and Kaye. They are truly kind and giving people and have been the perfect friendshippers.
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