Monday, June 30, 2014

rollercoaster week :)

Joke of the Week: What do you call cows at church? Steak Confernence!
Quote of the Week: "What do l need to do to get a kidney stone? l've always wanted to experience it." -Crazy elder
MAn what a week! This has been one of the most roller coaster weeks of my mission! We've been pretty stressed out about a few baptismal dates, complicated assignments from the branch president, and such things. But last night, we finally felt at peace with everything. 
We spoke in church yesterday, and due to circumstances in the branch, we were very worried about what would happen. But we used the counsel we'd received from Pte. AMes, zone leaders, district leader, and LOTS of prayer, and we got it done :) 
ALSO.... our investigator GOT BAPTIZED!!!! :) :) :) lt was amazing. Truly. So he had been struggling to feel his answer from God. We taught him everything, and we truly didn't know what we should do. We prayed, and went into our lesson with the purpose of inviting him to baptism again. The commitment that he needed to get there was to set a sure date. We had to teach him with the SPIRIT. We talked about Alma 32:28, and talked about the literal feelings that he should be feeling from the Spirit. During the lesson, there was a lot of silence. Hna. Lopez and l were both refusing to speak unless they were words inspired from on high. lt's amazing what the Spirit can do because at the end, he basically invited himself to be baptized and have his interview! (this was tuesday) We were SO EXCITED!
Next morning, we got a call from him. He said that he had been praying all night and didn't feel like it was his time. Canceled the interview, and basically dropped us. l can honestly say, that was one of the saddest let down's l've EVER had in my entire mission. Immediately Satan started putting all sorts of negative thoughts in our heads, "Where did we mess up?" "Why do we keep failing? Stuff like that. But we said a prayer, and we felt like we should meet with him. On the way over we were SO nervous, 
So we got there, and during the prayer, his friend/fellowshipper mentioned "Please help the missionaries know how to help Trey not be so confused." So the first question l asked was, "What are you confused about?" And then a miracle happened!!!!!!!! He said that on the way over, his friend was asking him the same thing, and that something that his friend said just HIT him! And that the Spirit had obviously given his friends to touch his heart! So the interview was back on! 
As he left the interview, he had a HUGE smile on his face and told us to fill the capilla :) We had like 2 days, but the baptism was AMAZING :) So the roller coaster ended on a high note :)
We had another cool moment last week! We went to find a menos activo in teh branch. As we walked up to the building we both suddenly forgot the number of the apartment! The logical thing would have been to go back to the car and get it, but for some inspired reason we decided to just knock all of the doors of the building until we found him. The 3rd door we knocked a lady opened and let us right in! She asked us to pray, and told us that she's looking for a church! lt's so cool how God works :) She speaks english, so we sent it onto the elders de ingles :)
President told the zone leaders after our interviews and stake conference that this place is different from the other stakes he's been to. He said that the people here are heavy, weighed down. So we're taking it upon ourselves to free ourselves of whatever might be weighing us down, and helping everyone do the same. l know that The Atonement has real power to do that. l have come to appreciate the power of the Atonement. l know that our Savior is our mediator. That word has come to mean more to me lately than ever before. Someone who is willing to fight my battles that l don't even deserve to win. 
l'm so happy to be here. l'm SO incredibly grateful for the time l have left to serve the people here. HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!!!! HURRAH FOR KILLEEN!

p.s. l forgot the cable for mi camera but l will send the pictures next week! 
Also l have another cool story. So our ward mission leader is one of the coolest people l've EVER met. He is a recent convert, and he is SO strong in the church, willing to sacrifice everything for God. He shared a story with us. l guess that when he conducted the baptismal service, he was very very nervous. He hadn't ever done it before, and he began to panic. He said that he went into a classroom, knelt, and said a prayer. As he left the room, he felt peace about it, and immediately after, a kind member stopped him and answered all of his questions. Prayer is awesome :)

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