On Sunday, Feb 12, we attended the baptisms of two young ladies in the Victoria III Branch. Sister Lin and Qin are young ladies who have come to the waters of baptism after being taught by the missionaries. Sister Lin didn't arrive until minutes before the baptism because her parents weren't sure if they should sign the permission paper for her to be baptized until the last minute. Sister Qin is already out of high school and was pretty sure what she wanted to do and her parents gave her their blessing to be baptized. She reminded me of my own parents who gave permission when I asked to be baptized into the LDS Church at the age of 18. They only asked if I understood what the Church stood for and if I could abide by those rules. "I was born of goodly parents..." as Nephi wrote in the first chapter of the Book of Mormon. How blessed we are who have the support of our parents. Some parents will probably take longer to come to understand the new world their children came in contact with. But we are all children of God and are at different junctions. "Love thy parents" unconditionally.
President Perkins of the LDS Asia Area President was the concluding speaker. He told us that the difference between the proud and the humble missionaries is great. The smart elders with pride can not progress. He admonished us to be humble servants of the Lord, to continue to learn, to teach, and to progress. He says that there are Chinese in almost every country of the world. Our Heavenly Father is gathering them. What a prophetic statement!