Sounds like you are all doing great things! I love hearing about it.
This week I think was the craziest that I have had in my mission! It was fun. We had to travel a bit to check some houses, we had a leadership training with President Swapp and Hna Swapp and the assistants. It rained for two whole days and now it is hot again (which is one of the things that keeps things interesting here in Monterrey Mexico!) And we were going to have a baptism but it didn´t happen.
I am going to try to explain this. I don´t know if it will make sense because you really just had to experience it but here it is. So on Tuesday we were going to have a baptism of a little 13 year old girl. She has had a hard life but loves the church. She is already doing her Personal Progress! So a little before we were going to eat lunch, the other missionaries of the ward reminded us that we needed to empty the font and then clean it and fill it up again. We freaked out just a bit because that´s not a short project. When we got there luckily some maintenance people had already emptied it. So we were just in charge of cleaning and filling it. So we started cleaning.
We ate lunch. We had to go back to fill up the font after. All going well. Then at 5 (the baptism was at 6) we got nervous so we went to pick up N. We got to her house and nobody was there. We went to a members house that lives around the corner because she normally is there. Not there. I felt super strongly that we needed to just go back to the church. So we left quickly and headed back. On the way we found her in the street! We ran up to her and asked if she was ready. She told us she didn´t know. (Uh oh…) However, we did not feel bad about it. We felt peaceful. We told her with the Spirit backing us up, that this was her decision. Not her parents, not ours, not her siblings, but hers. We assured her that her life would change if she kept going in the gospel and then that we would be waiting for her until 6:30 in the church. AHH!
So we went back and people started getting there. Not just any people however. They were investigators of the other missionaries! We still felt calm and that everything would be okay. More people showed up. Still feeling more or less calm even not knowing why. Then President Swapp showed up! I almost cried because we didn´t even know if she was coming!
So we got in the car with some members and went looking for N. We went to her house and found her dad, who I was told was not the nicest of people. He talked very well with us and told us were she was. We were just about to leave when I felt that we needed to talk to him about the baptism. I was so scared because I had no idea what he was going to do/say. My companion helped me out. He said that´s what he wanted! We were so surprised that we were laugh/crying. So we found N and told her that her dad was okay with it. She cried. To make a long story a little bit shorter, she ended up not getting baptized for a confidential reason that, if you knew, would make you laugh. Maybe I´ll tell you later. SO, we had to tell everyone that it wasn´t happening this week and she will get baptized tomorrow. It was CRAZY! But that´s how the mission is and I wouldn´t have it any other way. It´s fun. It´s crazy. We learn a lot. And we have to trust in the Lord.
5 ¶Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine ownunderstanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.