Wow we have had a crazy week here in Las Palmas and I have some great experiences to tell!
1. BATS! Well, our house is a crappy Guatemalan house, and we have holes in the roof, and a bat got in last week and was flying around! AGH! How scary! I was terrified ha-ha. We called a neighbor who came to get it out. Yikes!
2. Baptism of WENDY! Our perfect little investigator, Wendy, got baptized on Saturday. Everything went well, her boyfriend baptized her, she was really happy. She has a great testimony and I know that if she keeps at it, she'll be a great and faithful member forever. It was a little sad because her family had said that they would be coming but at the last minute didn't. Her family is all really Catholic and aren't thrilled about all this. But they're a great family and love to read, so hopefully a little later they can gain testimonies of the Book of Mormon.
3. MIRACLES! Well, I don't know how I'm going to tell this story because it's kind of complicated, sorry if it doesn't make sense... So we have been searching for investigators and going with old investigators, trying to find someone positive. We came upon a young family who had been hearing the missionaries off and on for 2 years. I mentioned them last week -- Daniel and Nereyda. They need to get married but Daniel didn't want to, but they have a baby together. Me and my comp were really excited to work with them this week. We went on Tuesday and found the Hermana distraught, because she and Daniel had been fighting and he had left and she was thinking about moving out and leaving him... there was something about him having a girlfriend on the side, typical Guatemala...so we were super bummed because we wanted to help these guys to be a great family. Now, if he's cheating on her then we are in kind of a weird spot. We were really sad because apart from them we have nothing, and we were pretty much going to give up on them. But we decided to go back and see how they were doing. Me and my comp both really felt, against all reason, that we needed to still try with them. So we go and they're both there and we teach a bit about families, and Daniel tells us that he does not want to talk about marriage any time soon, blah blah...but he keeps talking, and tells us that he just got back from the wedding of his friend, and in the course of his talking, he ends up pretty much convincing himself that he really does need to get married!! He said that he wants a better life for his son, and even though there are always going to be problems, he's never going to leave Nereyda. We challenged him to get married and baptized on the 21st and they accepted!!!! Holy Cow!!! It was just totally not what we were expecting at all!!! And now we are in the process of planning the wedding! Wow. I don't know if I explained the story well enough, but it just really shows that we have nothing to do with this, and that the Lord has perfect timing. He knew exactly when the missionaries needed to come back into this family's life, right when they're ready to make big changes. We still have a lot of work to do with them, we aren't out of the woods or anything. But wow, I still can hardly believe what happened. And another little miracle, Daniel asked us to try to get into contact with the first hermanas who were visiting them to invite them, and the very next day we got our hands on the phone number of one, called her, and she was so excited and said she'll be here. Isn't that great? I'm just so happy to be a part of this, and that their first missionaries' work wasn't in vain. Wow!!!!
Well that's pretty much my week. We had lots of ups and downs, and about 12 little miracles with Daniel and Nereyda, and I am just so grateful for all that I am learning here. I know that the Gospel is true. I love being a missionary! I hope y'all all have a great week!!