Hola Famila y Amigos,
So this week. . . I started this week PUMPED. I basically was ready to baptize all of Antares! . . . Yeah and then the week took a nose dive ha-ha. Just the normal ups and downs of a mission. Investigators who are making progress, stop progressing, lessons fall though, the normal. By Saturday I felt like this week had spiritually sucker punched me. But Saturday and Sunday really lifted my spirits.
I told you all about Sheyla right? The daughter of Zoryda . . . In case I didn't when we first meet Sheyla she didn't want anything to do with us, but little by little she would talk to us but she was always very clear that she did not believe in God. After her Mothers baptism she noticed a change in her mom. Her mom was more patience more understand and just had a whole new spirit about her. Because of the change she saw in her mom she asked if we would start teaching her the lessons.
On Saturday we had a lesson with her. We started by following up on our commitments for the last lesson and asked if she had been saying her prayers every night, and guess what!! She has been. She told us she feels a comfort when she prays that she has never felt before. We taught her about the role of the Holy Ghost in our lives and she told us she knows that its true because she can see how baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost has changed her mom. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted! WHOOT!! Her fecha is for the 24th of this month. Cambios are on the 20th. . . I hope and pray Hermana Lema and I are both her for her baptism. Zorydas family is really special to us and we have come so far with them. It would be really sad not to be here to see Sheyla take such an important step in her life.
Sunday was even better then Saturday. We stopped by to check in on Sheyla and teach a short message and her and Zoryda were reading the scriptures and studying them together. I listened to Sheyla as she explained that she wanted to make sure that she really repented before her baptism, so her and her mom were studying about repentance! WOW!! Are you serious!! In this moment all the walking, the heat, the lessons that fell through, everything that sucked about this week, none of it mattered.
And that's just how a mission is. There are moments where you are so frustrated because all you can do is teach, hope and pray for your investigators but you can't make them do what you believe is right. And there are other moments where you teach, hope and pray for your investigators and they take your word for it and experiment on the words of Christ and they learn for themselves the happiness this gospel can bring. So all in all it was a good week.
Thanks again for your love and support! Seriously! It means the world to me.
I love you all! Till next week.
Hermana Sadie Taggart