This week has been CRAZY. With a capital C. R. A. Z. Y.
We had two baptisms this week, the Arrua Family (well, half) was baptized this Saturday!!! We didn't know if they were going to be able to until Wednesday, when she told us that her husband had given her permission!! Thank you for your prayers, and we have officially decided that we are going to fast every weekend, because it has brought us such miracles.
Another miracle that happened was yesterday. Background: Last week we contacted a member referral, and she came to church! On Tuesday, the member told us that she had fought with her and that she wasn't too interested anymore...we were kind of bummed. A lot. To make it even worse, this week we literally had NO TIME to contact Jessica (the referral) again, but we called to see if we could pass by Saturday night after the baptism, and she didn't answer, so we left a voice mail. We weren't expecting too much, but hey, fasting is awesome. We had to go bring someone to church, and on the way, we found Jessica, walking to go to church. We were like...I stand all amazed. She now has a baptismal date for August 15th, and we hope that we can help her to continue to have a good experience at church and progress to baptism.
Something that I have learned this week...lots:) But the main thing that I learned was that it doesn't hurt to have a little faith in the Lord. Lots of times during my mission things have happened where I thought...wait. I totally expected that NOT to happen. I had faith that what I wanted to happen would come to pass. But...unfortunately, it just doesn't happen that way. Heavenly Father knows us perfectly, He knows how we have felt, what we are feeling, and what we are going to feel, and, according to that, will put us in situations that will help us to improve the most. Lots of times when the people tell us their problems, or some trials that they have had, I think on what my mom told me..."Sometimes as a missionary we feel like we need a degree in psychology." which is totally true. I have felt so inadequate sometimes. Luckily, we have our Heavenly Father, who knows the other person perfectly, and will help us to say the right things through the Spirit. One of the ways that we can know that we are a successful missionary is if we feel the Spirit testifying through us. I am not perfect, but there are moments when my testimony is strengthened as I try to help others feel what Heavenly Father feels for them.
I love this work, and I love the people here in Paraguay. I hope that you all have a good week, it looks like last week at the reunion was a party! I love you!