This week started out so great. We were preparing for Glizel to get baptized on December 9. We were so excited because she was so ready.
Here in the mission they have a white Christmas, or they have baptisms on Christmas day. We had extended the date for December 25, but she wanted to get baptized sooner than later. She told us she was so excited to get baptized. We thought everything was fine, but we got a text on Thursday telling us that she was grateful for the opportunity that she has had to come to church and to be taught from us, but she needed some space.
What?!?! No, this is the time when you need the gospel the most. I don't know what happened, but something happened to change her mind.
I have learned this week for the need to be patient. A mission has many joyful times, but as with life, we have the opportunities to experience opposition. Life never has been or will be easy, and those are the times we really get down on our knees to ask what we should do.
I know that God answers our prayers in mysterious and amazing ways. I know our Heavenly Father is a prayer away, and he will always be there for a shoulder to cry on, to rejoice with us when we have blessings in our life, and he is there in the in between. When we feel that our life is stagnant too.
In spite of our challenges this week, we have seen many miracles. The mission goal right now is to search for families. We have found two families that have 11, and 12 children! It's funny that as soon as you start searching what the Lord has prepared. We are so excited to see where it will go.
P.S., this is a picture of Guimaras, which is also part of the mission. I hope that my next area is there. To get there you have to take a pump boat. The train picture is in Plaza Libertad, a park in Iloilo.