Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The fantastic news for the day is that George Dereoun is going to be baptized on the 9th of March. He asked this evening if he could be baptized on Thursday! He is so anxious and ready. After our meetings this evening we drove out to pick up the young Elders to take them up to George's apartment. When they got in the car, we asked them what we were going to discuss this evening with him. They did not know, the Spirit had not made it known to them. After arriving at George's and after a few minutes of small talk and after the opening prayer, we sat and looked at each other for about 5 seconds and George speaks up and says that he will go first. So he proceeds to tell us about his anger issues that really concern him and whether or not he could be baptized having these issues, he went on for several minutes talking about them. Then we all shared some thoughts for a few minutes. We then asked him where he was in his reading of the Book of Mormon; he stated he hadn't read since Sunday, but he had read up to 2 Nephi 4. At that point the Spirit whispered, "The Psalm of Nephi". We said that would be perfect, this chapter will really help you. So we all read together the 4th chapter; it was obvious that it touched him, he truly felt the Spirit of the Book and of Nephi's doubts about himself and then his confidence in the Lord. We talked about it for a few more minutes and then read the final verses, Nephi's prayer. Again, George was truly touched. At that point we concluded the lesson and this is when he asked to be baptized on Thursday. Reluctantly, we asked him to wait until the following weekend so we could get everything ready for him. He immediately got up and wrote it on his calendar. Our entire experience with George has been wonderful!