Thursday rolls around and we are all ready to go and confirm Anne's Baptismal Interview for Friday, and we go over to her house to have a lesson and talk about her baptism program. But she is acting SUPER weird. And doesn't talk to us. 😟 She ignores us, and when we tried talking to her, she just stood up and walked out of the room. WHAT THE?! So we left thinking she just had a bad day because we asked her..."well do you still want to be baptized?" and she was like "Yeah, I just don't want to talk about it right now..call me later" We had a prayer in our hearts as we went a long the rest of our day, before ending up at the Chilo. A Peruvian family in our ward who has fellowshipped Anne. and we were there to ask Sandra who is Anne's age, if she would give a talk! so her mother calls her into the room and we don't say anything before she asks "Is Anne's still being baptized?" and we respond.. "Uh, yes, why?" then here is the kicker "Oh, well she told me today at school that she wasn't getting baptized.." WAIT UH WHAT..😳..so we go have a panic attack because Anne has an interview the next day! So we tried calling her like she asked...and her sisters tell us she is asleep..GREAT.
Friday morning comes around and we call her asking her if she is still good for her scheduled interview, and she says YES! Like nothing happened! SO that night we go by her house with the interviewing Elder and she is acting a little weird, but almost normal and she does fantastic! So we just go with it. And that night, thanks to Mallory we were able to put the finishing touches on the baptismal program! ☺️
Saturday comes along! the day of the baptism! We go over and see her and she is as excited as ever! We tell her we will see her later and we leave! Everything is great! Brother Chilo will baptize her and Sofia will give the talk, Mallory is in town, people are coming! it is going to be great! So we go to with a member to pick up the Chilo family who doesnt have a car.. Well this is awkward. Where is the Chilo family!? It is 1:45 and the baptism is at 2... we have to leave, without the Chilos who are 1/2 of the baptismal program.. 😰😨😱
And that is when we get a text from the Elders asking what they can do to help..We call them up and the conversation goes like this. "Hey Elder Stewart, um.. get some extra clothes because you are going to be performing the baptism..and Elder Walker.. could you whip out a talk on the Holy Ghost for us? they say"Oh my word what happened?!" we say. 'No time to explain" and they say..."Okay we will be ready!" That is what I call a good friend. So we get to the church...it is 2...🕑 where is ANNE?!?!... no Anne, and no Chilo family and no one is answering their phone. Hermana Magalei looks at Elder Stewart "Suit up" and then he just stares at us like he had just seen a ghost..and then I chime in.."Elder Stewart, you are acting like you have never baptized someone on your mission before!!" And Elder Stewart just goes "I HAVENT!!" WHAT?! 😐 SO he gets dressed and is practicing what to say, and Anne comes! PERFECT!
We take some pictures and then we get a phone call....from the Chilos! telling us to have someone pick them up...and by this time it is 2:30 🕝 and people are just waiting for the baptism to start! So we go with Mallory to pick up the Chilo family..to get there..and have to wait for them to come out..and when they do, we ask Sofia about her talk..."I didn't know what to write so I didn't do it" WHAT?! is this a joke!? 😠 nope. So we get back to the church and Andrea is just ready, and FINALLY it can get started. And in the words of Andrea, Brother Chilo was "too late" so Elder Stewart preformed the baptism, and Mallory and Bishop gave the talks. (Bishop gave it in spanish so Elder Walker didn't do it)
So..the only thing that went right...the cupcakes and cookies were great! and the font was full and warm...and Mallory gave her talk flawlessly. Everything else was totally thrown together the morning of. 🍪
Sunday was smooth sailing ⛵️ , Anne, and all her family who are investigating were able to be at church on time to be there as she received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was amazing and things went smoothly! For once!
The rest of things
There is opposition in all things! i know that to be true! Things with Anne would have been far to easy if things didn't go wrong. But you know what, God is fair, and aware :) He has a way of working things out, and making the victories that much more satisfying! Good will always overcome as we put our trust in the Lord. Fervent prayers have true and everlasting power to bring about the righteous purposes of God. As completely insane as this week was, I'm grateful for it and the things that I have learned! :)
On a lighter note, Mallory was in town and helped us more than anyone can imagine! THANK GOODNESS FOR HER! ANDDD A SHOUT OUT to her for making me TONS of letters <3
Hermana Magalei and I had a goal to talk to a certain amount of people this week...and pretty much what happened was us driving around and then parking and jumping out...stalking them down...and then talking to them. But I don't think that they noticed haha If they only knew the effort that was put in so that we can share this amazing message with them!!!
Transfer calls are this week! Saturday we will know my fate! Will I stay in Jasper for another 6 weeks!? Or will I be moved...finally.... after 8 1/2 months.. Only time will tell! Not going to lie...a new area sounds just about right if you ask me!!
I hope that you all had a safe Halloween and eat tons of candy!! We had the joy of spending Halloween at the Mogle's house :) My favorite members of all time! And we played volleyball in the dark rain. It got a bit out of hand, but it was a blast! Definitely a good way to spend the 31st of October! ..fun fact! There is a curfew on trick or treating... around these parts..you are only allowed to trick or treat from 6-8pm..Odd right? Anyways :)
I hope that you all are doing well! I'm so grateful for you all! if there is anything I can do for you, let me know! You all are such great examples to me and have influenced me greatly! honest. love and miss you all! have a FAN-TASTIC week!!!
|Big dog. we were nearly attacked!|
|Classic Font pic|
|For Halloween, we were missionaries, from the district videos,|
Sister Myers and Sister Payne. AKA sister missionaries from another
|Mallory! She gave me tons of "open when" letters because we wont see each other for awhile... </3 I love that girl!|
|Rainy day selfies!|