We then drove to St. Petersburg for a baptism. The brother who was baptized actually is in the Gulfport Branch. However, there isn't a baptismal font in the Gulfport building, so they use the font in the St. Petersburg Ward building. It was a nice baptismal service, and the brother is excited about joining the Church.
Following the service, I was talking with President Stretch of the Gulfport Branch. He said they have had 20 baptisms in the last year or so. I asked how many are still active, and he reply about 15. I restrained myself from asking what had happened to the other 5 when he told me how they are working to get new members involved in family history right away and going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. That is exactly what should be happening.
|Us at the ward Christmas breakfast|
|Elders Casperson, Gardner, and Bowden who live in our apartment complex|
|A Nativity centerpiece at the breakfast|