The above scripture has proven to be a summary of our past week. Elder Yue and I have been working hard, and though we've not been perfect, we have tried to do "all things that lie in our power." Our week was particularly focused on a good friend of ours named Danny; he lives in Enderby, which is a 30 minute drive from our house, but we were doing all that we could to teach him and serve him, particularly as we prepared him for baptism.
In preparation for the baptismal service, we had to make a lot of phone calls, design a program, do some paperwork, and prepare music. Then we invited as many people as we could, member and non-member, and had to travel to Kamloops for some white baptismal clothing. The baptismal service was to take place right after church; when we arrived at church, we shut off our phone, and all we could do was "stand still, with the utmost assurance."
Sure enough, the service was wonderful. We had a lot of people in attendance, and the Spirit which was felt was wonderful. After his baptism, Danny said "I feel great! I can't really describe this feeling, but it's really strong. It's kind of like the feeling I had when I first met you guys; it's just overwhelming."
Following the baptism, Angie, one of our friends that has been coming to church pretty consistently, asked us for a priesthood blessing. Following the blessing, she also said that she was feeling something her heart that she could not describe, and she was in tears. We will be meeting with her again this Thursday.
It is notable that Christ is referred to as a Shepherd, as opposed to a sheep-herder. A sheep-herder drives the flock from the rear, while the Shepherd leads in the front, beckoning to his sheep. Remember, sometimes you have to leave the ninety and nine to go save the one.
Have a great week!