Juanita is not your average 122-year-old. But then again, is there such a thing as an average 122-year-old?
This is exactly what makes Juanita so unique and exceptional.
At the young age of 122, Juanita recently decided to make a covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ and be received into His church through baptism.
Kevin Doman, who is currently serving as the mission president in the Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission in Mexico, shared some incredible pictures of Juanita’s recent baptism.
President Doman shared the following details from the baptismal service. As Juanita was gently being raised out of the water she exclaimed, “Kolabal a Jesucristo!!”, which in her native Mayan language means “Thank you Jesus Christ.”
President Doman also spoke of the wonderful feeling that was present at Juanita’s baptism, as she and five other converts joined the church. “Baptism of Juanita who is 122 years old!! Must be a record! What a tender and unforgettable experience and such a powerfully sweet Spirit.”
President Doman and others are seeking to verify Juanita’s age with source documents. He said they are getting birth and christening records from her church because they want to be 100% accurate.
Sister Doman shared more details from the baptism on her Instagram account.
Elder Josh Bauman is currently serving in the Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission and in his weekly email he told his family about the experience.
“We were invited to the baptism of 6 people, one of which was a 122 year-old woman from Ocosingo. As soon as we got into the chapel they were carrying her into the font. We took some pictures and stuff, and then they took her in. We had to send in three people because she is so fragile.
They asked if President and I would be the witnesses, so two elders and one of the members got into the font, and the whole time she was in there she was saying “Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus” but with a small voice that struck right into the very center of your heart.
After they baptized her she came up and said “Kolabal Jesucristo” which is Tzeltal for “Thank you Jesus Christ.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I felt the Spirit very strongly.”
We are so grateful for our dear missionaries and the efforts they make to find the Lord’s sheep. We are grateful that Juanita and others were able to come unto Christ and become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The remarkable story of Juanita proves again that the Lord is always eager to have us come unto Him, and that “his hand is stretched out still.” (2 Nephi 20:4)
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