Wherever one door closes, another opens. And sometimes when one is opened, it is shut rather quickly.
This week was one of those roller-coaster weeks. Lots of joy and lots of disappointments, all within a few days. Last Monday we went to the park and played football and soccer with some of the other missionaries. It reminded me so much of Thanksgiving at Mimi and Papa's house, when we would play football with the cousins outside in the fallen leaves and the cool air. My district leader tried to teach me how to catch the football behind my back. That didn't go very well. haha.
We met the wife of a baptist preacher this week. That was interesting. She was very nice, and told us why she didn't believe the Book of Mormon was true. We got to testify to her and clear up some misconceptions, so it was a good conversation all-in-all.
On Halloween, we proselyted until 5:00, and for the rest of the night was a half p-day. We have to be off the streets on Halloween night because a lot of people dress up as missionaries and go do mischievous things. So we don't want to be accused of anything. We got together with all the other missionaries in our zone and got to watch movies! I miss movies. So that was fun.
So our joy this week came from being given a new investigator, a teenage girl who is dating a member in one of our wards. We had a lesson with her and it went well. She's already been reading the Book of Mormon and says she's felt really good about it. The Lord just leads us to those he has prepared! Such a blessing. Then we had an awesome lesson/church tour with a highschooler we've been working with for a while. I've been worried because I wasn't sure whether he was just going with the lessons and going to church because his family was, or if he really wants to get baptized. (mostly because he answers all of our questions with one or two words.) But after the lesson, he texted us and really express his desire to be baptized, he just needs more time, and thanked us for everything. I guess that's just a typical teenage boy, expresses himself more over text than in person :) .
Sunday was rough. Remember the new family from New Mexico? The one that had all these questions and was coming to church and were really excited about it and all? Well they are feeling a bit too overwhelmed about all this, so they didn't come to church. That was a disappointment, but the good news is they are still willing to let us come over and see them. Also, our baptism date that was trying to quite smoking was supposed to be smoke-free by Saturday so she can be baptized by the 15th, but she didn't make it. That's okay though, because I have faith in her determination. I know she'll make it eventually, I'm just more worried about their family because they're really struggling. It breaks my heart to see people who want the gospel so badly in their lives, but they are just so bombarded by outside stresses that it makes it tough. Addiction, finances, family pressure, lack of support from family or friends....it's just heart-wrenching.
But on Sunday night, we met a part-member family where the dad really wants to come back to church and his daughter has started asking a lot of questions about God and is really interested in us coming back. Meeting them was a testimony to me that Heavenly Father really is looking out for us. He knows all of the disappointments that we face and is constantly putting his hand into our lives to guide us to those who are prepared for the gospel. He also makes sure that we have little miracles in our lives every day to comfort us. We all have little miracles in our daily lives, we just have to keep an eye out for them.
We've talked a lot about member missionary work this week, so I just want to make sure that I encourage everyone to pray for missionary opportunities and then ACT on them! Help those missionaries in your home ward out! They are always looking for new people to teach and visit and talk to. I love you so much. Stay strong in your struggles and always pray for the guidance of the spirit.