Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ponferrada Baptism Blessings

Yes, you are looking at angels. This was a special day in Ponferrada. Pte. Garnelo is baptizing his wife after 10 years of being in the church and praying for her to accept the gospel. It was such a special evening we felt privileged to be a part of.
This sweet sister on the left, Luz Maria is from Ecuador and was married to a member. She too decided to be baptized and they shared this night together.
Two couples becoming united in the gospel. After the baptism Pte. Garnelo spoke of the day, in a year, when both couples can go together to the temple to be sealed. It was a glorious night filled with many smiles and many tears of joy.
These wonderful missionaries, l. to r. Elder Woods and Hansen, the Garnelo Family, Me and Pte. Clegg and Elder Rodriquez. I am sure there are many missionaries out there who know Esther and I hope they can share in the joy of this special day.
Finally, after the baptism, I just couldn't resist a picture of the children's curiosity about the "big blue whale" that is used in our small capillas. It takes all afternoon for the missionaries to get ready. This branch is filled with children, some from Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Spain to mention a few. A dear rama that is filled with much love and joy at the baptism of two precious daughters of God.


  1. What an incredible event. I am so HAPPY for these families! The spirit must have been palpably strong at the baptisms.
    Interesting to see the portable baptismal font. I bet the kids would have loved to have hopped in.:) Great witnessing the tender mercies of the Lord.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a most wonderful miracle and blessing! Elder Matthew Stanton and I were blessed to be the first missionaries to meet Presidente Garnelo almost exactly 11 years ago. I, too, have prayed for him and his family and rejoice immensely in this remarkable event. Congratulations Familia Garnelo!