Baptism Week!

Sister Eckman writes:  “This week we had two baptisms. It was very meaningful to me because my first lesson I taught was to this mother and daughter.”

“I am reading The Infinite Atonement  by Tad R. Callister. (I highly recommend it!) I am studying about the blessings of repentance. There is a poem by Robert Frost. Here is a snip of it..

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Tad R. Callister goes on to say, “Every time we sin we find ourselves at a spiritual crossroads. We may rationalize the sin away or repent it away. The road “less traveled” will make “all the difference.” I urge you to repent daily and partake of the joy that comes when you do so!

Have a blessed day!
Sister Kim Eckman

Pickled Watermelon Rinds!

Quotes from Sister Eckman: “It is kind of interesting…around here the Baptist preachers pound into the heads of the members of their congregations that Mormons are of the devil and not to listen to us…Sandy definitely reflected that when we first met her and tried to share a message with her. But when we went over this week she told us something kinda funny. She has an old hound dog named Pluto. She said that whenever her pastor comes over he barks and barks but for whatever reason, when we come over he never does. The other day when he came over she told him, “Pluto never barks at my Mormon Missionary friends!” Then she told him how wonderful we are. It is great to see Baptists realizing that Mormons aren’t what they have been told they are J when we were there she opened up a can of her latest project…pickled water melon rinds! They are really hard to describe but surprisingly tasty! We also tried pickled green tomatoes. I swear, people here pickle everything!

The work is going forth! We are teaching mainly two families! They are coming to church each week. One of the families, the Cliffords, have a father who claims to be an atheist. This week was the second time we were able to teach them as a family and he said that IF he came to the knowledge that this is true, he will be baptized and he said the closing prayer. It’s amazing what happens to people when they are taught the FULLNESS of the gospel and realized that we have all of the pieces. It begins to make so much sense. How blessed we are to have that knowledge and how obligated we are to share it with those that don’t. I encourage you all to share the glad tidings of the gospel with all those you come in contact with.”