A Baptismal Guest

Just as Brother Alexandre Mourra raised his arm to baptize Fritzner Joseph in a swimming pool in 1978 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a small crocodile got loose and swam straight toward the place where the ordinance was being performed. “I have never seen anyone come out of a swimming pool so fast as these two did,” mission president Richard Millet recalled. Despite the reptilian delay at his baptism, Joseph later became the first Haitian to serve a full-time mission.

Richard Leonard Millet, “A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Caribbean, 1977–1980,” 131, Church History Library, Salt Lake City