This week has been great! Both Julio and Avy were baptized this week! They are both so awesome and are going to help the ward out so much here! They have very strong testimonies and are great examples to everyone here. It is interesting because we found Avy and started teaching her, and Christian ( a member here) started helping us with the lessons and then they started dating... so we let him baptize her! It is cool the way all of that happened.
Julio is from Peru and is a machine! We found him two and a half weeks ago and he is already so so strong in the gospel. We had another member named Ricardo from Peru baptize him. It was such a great service and the spirit was really strong. Godspower was there with Faith! I love that man! I attached a picture of him and me. I probably won't ever be able to see him get baptized because we are waiting on lots of papers and stuff from Nigeria but just to know that one day in the future he will get baptized makes me so happy.
I have come to know so many great people here in Guadalajara. It is such a blessing. It is so different here in Spain. You are assigned to a small ward or branch where the church is still really new and you serve there for 5 or 6 months and you become such a big part of everything. The members call us for everything! We run around giving blessings and helping with the church activities and helping in ward council and helping with everything and it is so great! Here the families in the branch pray for us by name in church and tell us that we are heroes to their kids and it is just something so special. Members have given me so many coats and ties as gifts just because they love the missionaries so much!
I have truly come to know that as we serve our neighbors we find true happiness. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be out here on the mission and to serve these people. This is the Lord's work and I know without a doubt that the church is true. Thank you for everything that you all do for me! The support back home means a lot! I love you all!
Have a great week!
Love, Elder Ridd
Sunset in Guadalajara
At Julio and Avy's baptism
With my main man Godspower
The street right outside our apartment - they are setting up for a race or something