Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our First Baptisms

One month ago on Christmas Day, Mo and Christine and granddaughter, brought an amazing non member Iranian man to church for the first time. Abbas enjoyed church and brought his family the very next week.  We began teaching them immediately.

Abbas and Sara accepted the gospel with all their hearts. They could not get enough of the truths we taught them.  They  were and are truly golden.

From the moment we met Sara and Abbas, we could feel their hearts were prepared  by the Lord, and they were pure, sincere and elect, ready to receive the Gospel. 
Sisters Roberts and Virkamaki taught and helped us learn to  teach the lessons to these wonderful people! We will get to teach them the New Member discussions on our own!

What a blessed day this has been!  Words can't describe the feelings we have,

to see this amazing man,Abbas,

and his sweet wife, Sara, enter the waters of baptism. Tomorrow Elder Christensen will confirm them members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

We can only imagine the potential and influence they will have for good in the Church and Kingdom of God.

A few more pictures of the baptismal gathering at Bro. Georgevi'a pool.
 Kimmia and Pantiota (branch member Terisita's daughter) playing after the baptism.

 Abbas is a great father.  He tries to feed Korosh here, and is always so much help to Sara with the children.

 Grandpa is always a big hit with the kids, especially Kimmia.

 Korosh isn't that interested.

You can easily see that he loves me!

Some of the members that attended the baptism.

Of course, we always have to have food at a baptism-- to go with the Spirit.


Cat photo of the week.

Okay, I cheated and got it off my friend Valentin!


  1. Congratulations to you and to them. We love reading about your experiences.

  2. Looks like fun! What a beautiful day for a baptism! And that food looked delish!

  3. Oh Virgil and Lucy, it's so much fun to follow you on your mission and to see and read of the wonderful experiences and adventures you're having! Thank you for being such great people who I've always looked up to! Love to you! Jennifer Campbell Ross

  4. You guys are having such great success! I am happy for you both! They look golden!
    ~nice cat picture MA

  5. This is awesome Aunt Lucy! Looks like you guys are doing great and having a great time. It's great to see people joining the gospel there! Darren

    1. Thanks Darren. We miss you guys so much! Hope you can come sometime while we are here. Love, Aunt Lucy

  6. Isn't it wonderful when you are in involved in helping someone accept the gospel? Jeremiah 16:16-17 "Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face"

  7. I love your pictures. It is so awesome to see good people accept the gospel. You both look wonderful too.
    Love, Lynn

  8. Wow, what amazing pictures and to remember so recently your wondering what in the world Cyprus could possibly be like....better than you ever imagined, I bet! Very touching baptismal pictures, love those little kids and the paper airplanes on the floor, Virgil must have been trying to entertain them with! ha!

    What a marvelous work!!

    Congratulations on your newest grandson! I saw Cole's Facebook post with a picture. What a little sweetheart, yeah, Cole, too! Love you guys so much!