Baptismal Interviews!

This week was great. It was filled with a lot of rain and it was cold but today the sun came out and it is a very nice day! I had a very, very interesting experience on Saturday in a baptismal interview. I have to conduct the interviews as District Leader. So we went to do one in “Galvarino”. The interview was really poorly coordinated in the first place. Finally, we all got together at the church with the investigator who was a young woman and I was going to do the interview. I asked the Elders if they brought the teaching record and a baptismal form. They hadn’t and then ran to their house to get it. 

So I went ahead and started the interview. The investigator didn’t really know a lot of the answers to the questions I was asking. So at the end of the interview, the missionaries arrived with the paperwork and handed them to me through the door. I looked at them and was shocked. The teaching record was half filled out and they hadn’t taught all the lessons they needed to. So I excused myself for a second and went out to talk to the Elders. I kind of “pounded” them. I told them that she couldn’t get baptized because they didn’t teach her all the principles and she wasn’t ready. It was a huge mistake to be interviewing her for baptism at this point. So I went in and tried to nicely tell her that she could not get baptized. When I did she immediately burst into tears and then ran out and into the bathroom before I could finish explaining. So then I sat there freaking out, not knowing what to do and praying a lot. 

Soon she came back and sat down. I tried to explain that she didn’t do anything wrong and that the Elders should have prepared her better for the interview. She just said that she never wanted to come back to the church and that she was mad at me. It was so insane! I felt so bad. So then she asked if she could leave and I told her to wait so that the other Elders could explain themselves. They did and we left. It was a great experience to learn that if you are going to do something you have to do it right and do it right the first time. If you don’t then it creates huge problems! So that night I called the Elders again and reminded them about how important it is to do things the right way. I also learned that from now on I won’t do an interview until I have seen the teaching record! 

Besides that crazy experience, the week was great! Sunday was awesome. I learned a lot. It was Ward Conference and the Stake President talked about how we are like diamonds and we need two things to shine: a dark background or opposition in life and also good or heavenly light. He talked about how one of those lights from heaven is the Book of Mormon. I loved this example he used in his talk. I am doing great! 

Elder Neser


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