Sunday, February 18, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Johnny got baptized this week which was awesome and also such a roller coaster. When I met Johnny he had been taking the lessons for 3 months and was on the 3rd lesson. He was struggling to keep commitments and the things he was being taught weren't sticking but right before I arrived he started to take everything very seriously and on Christmas he told us he want to be baptized in two weeks. I'll be honest, I didn't know if it was possible but my companion and I decided be would do everything in our power to make his goal a reality. We met with him everyday for two weeks, got him interviewed and everything ready. He was scheduled to be baptized on Friday the 5th of January and on Wednesday we had a lesson with him in the morning and he was so excited and ready but then later that night we got a text from him apologizing and cancelling his baptism. We tried calling but he wouldn't answer and none of the member could get a hold of him. We were so sad. Luckily the next day he called us and told us the baptism was back on and that he wanted to meet with us. We met Thursday night and it turns out he was just very nervous and anxious about being baptized. He also thought that after baptism everyone would forget about him. After assuring him that no one would forget about him and the blessings of baptism we were back on. We had to tell everyone that the baptism was back on because Johnny had told everyone it was cancelled. We got speakers lined up the night before and thank heavens everything worked out. We prayed that there would be a lot of support and over 40 people came and the room was packed. I was running on adrenaline and emotions. The good news is he was baptized and he was glowing! He was confirmed yesterday and received the priesthood. We already have plans to go to the temple with him to do baptisms for the dead!
Johnny threw us for a loop this week but I am so thankful that God hears our prayers and even if he hadn't been baptized this week I know it is all in Gods timing.
This week our YSA branch is being dissolved into a ward and we still get to be the missionaries so I am super excited! More people to meet!
Oh! One last story about my favorite investigator we have. His name is Eddy. He is in his late 70's and from Jamaica. This week we were reading 2 Nephi 31 with him and out of the blue he asked us about marriage. Our ward mission leader told him about The Family a proclamation to the world and from the other room his wife starts yelling things like "you have no marriage" "you have already been baptized" over and over and over. Poor Eddy didn't know what to do. At one point his wife turned on the blender and he got up and told her to stop so he could hear us which made her even more mad. We are are worried about him and what this means for him and the church. His wife does not like the church but Eddy told us he knows it is true. We are praying that we will be able to help him and that his wife's heart will be softened.
I love you all so much!!!