Not too many weeks after that, Nathan began attending my Sunday school class as well. Brother Ibey, Sister Rodriguez, Sister Polhamus and I team teach the Gospel Essentials class, and we were thrilled to have him there.
I began to notice a change in Nathan's demeanor as the weeks passed by. I sit up in the choir loft, next to the organ, and so I see faces during our services. I could tell as disinterest changed to interest, and then avid interest, until one day I thought I could see that he was touched by the Spirit of the meeting. I think I was right - it was not long after that, I learned that Nathan had asked to have the missionary lessons.
|Sheree & Nathan|
|From left to right: Sheree, Nathan, Nathan's Dad, Nathan's mom, and Nathan's brother|
|A bit of Elder Cracroft, Elder Robison, and the Halls.|
|General crowd picture - see, everyone is heading off towards the food off to the right...|
|Sheree and Nathan|
Ephesians 2I also, and I hope not irreverently, think of the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, "You have taken your first step in a larger work..."
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Baptism is just the beginning. There is so much, much more!
Welcome to the Pickering Ward family, Nathan. We're so glad to have you.