Saturday, September 1, 2012

Baptizing Marvellous and Rebecca!

Our good friend Marvellous got baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Mediterranean Sea on
 August 25th 2012.

He is one of those amazing elect of God individuals that the Lord has been preparing to hear the truth.  So three months ago I gave him a Book of Mormon as he was standing near our car, but we had to leave quickly, and as a result, lost his contact information.

When we ran into him quite accidentally a month ago, he wasn't happy that we hadn't gotten back with him, but consented to be taught anyway. He said he was looking for something to change his life.  His father is a minister of a congregation in Nigeria.

Some unsuspecting people on the beach viewed the baptism in amazement, not knowing the great change in Marvellous had began.

Elder Wilderspin, Marvellous, Elder Norgaard and Mo in the water. Elder Norgaard got the privilege of baptizing him.

Favor with Marvellous and Favor's husband, William, who marvelous Marvellous invited to his baptism and church.  Hopefully we will be teaching and baptizing them soon.

A beautiful dark couple with an old white lady pose as Elder Christensen causes an obvious camera shadow.

Mo baptized his eight year old daughter, Rebecca, in the Ivanov's pool that day too. Elder Christensen and I were honored to be able to teach this amazing little girl the lessons before baptism.  She knows five languages very well, Greek (mother a Cypriot), Persian (father is Iranian), Tagalogue (step mother Filipino) German (grandmother) and of course, perfect English, through which she tries to communicate and translate between her family members, hoping someday to have it as the one common family tongue.  She is a small genius of necessity.

She even speaks a bit of Bulgarian with Rosie and Alexis Ivanov.  The Mediterranean Sea in the back ground is where Marvellous chose to be baptized.  It was a good day for the Larnaca Branch!

Thanks for sharing our mission with us through our blog.  And thank you so much for your love and prayers!! This is an exciting experience in multicultural church membership, and we love it!


  1. Oh, the temptation to use Marvellous as a pun in every paragraph must have been to much for you mom!

  2. Beautiful. Keep up the great work Grandma and Grandpa! :) Love you both!

  3. This is great mom! You guys are amazing

  4. Thanks for commenting, my dears! Love you all. Mom and G-ma!!

  5. I love hearing about all your great experiences <3

  6. Hello! My family and I will be moving to Cyprus from Florida within the next couple of months and we're interested in finding out more about the Church branches and English services, especially for Nicosia, and any information that will make our move easier. It sounds like a great place full of fascinating people, nice weather, and lots of history. Sounds like you're enjoying it immensely!