Week #23

This week we had a baptism in Saint Etienne!!!!!!

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Sydney comes from Congo Brassaville and was invited to the baptism of his friend who was baptized in January.
Now Sydney just got baptized the 15th April 2012.
He is 16 years old and works in construction with our Ward Mission Leader who is his boss.
His boss was the one to baptize him and his friend gave the talk about the holy ghost.
Elder Overstreet and Russo were the witnesses and I gave a special musical number.
He invited 4 friends to his baptism and he was very happy.
One of his friends thanked us missionaries for taking such good care of him.
He told us that Sydney is really happy.
The members here in Saint Etienne are incredible and they take such good care of each other and visitors as well.
Sydney commented during his testimony about how kind everyone is.
We had a lot of members present at his baptism and during his teaching process.
It is really the perfect example of how a simple invitation from a friend can lead to a miracle.

We had 10 non-members at church this week which is absolutely incredible.
Our medium sized chapel was packed and it was lovely.
This week Elder Russo and I introduced ourselves during the sacrament meeting, even though we have been here 3 weeks.
I really feel at home here in Saint Etienne. I love the members, they are so kind and welcoming.
The members really take care of recent converts and less actives.
For a primary activity the children sang over the phone to Two less actives, it was awesome.

We went on an awesome hike today. It is April but in the mountains it was snowing like crazy.
We went hiking with an awesome family here in Saint Etienne who have 5 boys.
Two of the boys were really cold and tired so we took turn carrying them on our shoulders.
It was so much fun.
We had a bunch of snowball fights along the way and rolled huge snowballs down the mountain side.

Love you all
Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi