Okay everyone soooo guess what!?!?!?!
We found Elisabeth! woo hoo! we finally talked to her thursday about what happened. And she has a lot of problems with her older sister and i dont understand all of it but i think what happened for her baptism is her sister (who doesnt really like the fact that elisabeth wants to join the church) made it so she couldnt leave the house. And then i think she was a little ashamed to talk to us for awhile. but we finally found her and we ended up baptizing her saturday. We talked to her and finally i asked when she wanted to get baptized and she said at 9am saturday. Okay 9 am.... It was SO special.
Oh my goodness i cant explain exactly how i felt. but is was just Elisabeth, me, Hermana Rojas, Cristian (who baptized her and a friend of hers), Gustavo and nelson (who were witnesses) and Hernan (the secretary for the branch who directed) and that was it. Hermana Rojas and i used our exercise time to run to the church (well i ran really slowly as she walked it wasnt the greatest exercise but hey it was exercise) and we filled the font. and then came back and baked the banana bread we made the night before as we got ready and then left really quickly to go find elisabeth and head to the church. So because it was really a last minute baptism hermana rojas nad i talked. I talked about baptism and the gift of the holy ghost and oh man, the love i felt for her as i stood there and looked at her and told her about the love of her heavenly father was soooo great. And about the holy ghost and the blessings in my life because of this church. Missionary work is so great. so soo great. I love ti. and watching her get baptized was such a special feeling. she looked so happy.
Then sunday came...
And we went to go and find her to bring her to church for her confirmation. and she couldnt leave with us because she was watching her neices again.... but said shed be there. and she didnt come. dang it... Then after lunch as we were heading to the church to study i felt like we should go see her. so we stopped by and she just said that she couldnt come but didnt give a reason why. she just said she couldnt which bugged hermana rojas. She has something going on. that shes not telling us which makes me think that we did something wrong. to make her not trust us completely but i think it makes her ashamed to talk to us sometimes. >but hermana rojas said we would visit tuesday but i felt like she just needed to talk right hten but i didnt say something. I am so dumb sometimes.
But next week we will get her confirmed. I have learned a ton about faith here. The faith to do all the things the lord asks. Study the whole time. talk to everyone in the streets. not listen to the music that plays in the street (not that i understand it anyways) or when memebers are watching tv when we come to not look. All of these little seemingly harmless things really help with everything and especially to have the faith that we can complete the goals our president gave us when we do all of these things. When i do my contacts in the street somehow we have more time for lessons (im not sure how that works because im using more time) or if im doing everything and trust the lord that we WILL be able to baptize saturday even when our investigators dont seem to be ready how we wanted them to be we are able to baptize.
HAHA so wednesday we went somewhere and we had 2 different baptisms planned for this past saturday hernan and facundo and we baptized elisabeth instead... But we went somewhere and hermana rojas scheduled an appt for when we planned for a baptism and i said but we have a baptism saturday.and she was kinda like uh huh. who are we gonna baptize. and i said im not sure right now but we were told to baptize every week and therefore the lord has someone in mind for us to baptize. and lets go find them. and then i asked her where is her faith. ahh i dont know where taht came from when i told her that. but i realized if i dont have the faith to complete all of hte things its never gonna happen. But when i have the faith it happens. it may not happen how i want it to or the way we expect it to. But really God keeps his promises if we have the faith to let him.
It reminds me of hte movie Legacy (one of the 4 movies we can watch here...) and at the end as they are packing to leave winter quarters the dad is getting after eliza and askign why she doesnt wait for spring... and then she said something like "god promised us that he has a place of rest for us. Lets help him keep his promises." I love that. we have to help god keep his promises. And we do that through obedience and faith. My companion always teaches faith and puts something on the table like a rock. and says I have faith that this rock can move. Do you? and then we talk a little bit about it and then she moves the rock. and says look it moved. I had faith and i acted. and it moved. I love that
Well i should go.
I love yall
have a great week!