Gabriela is getting baptized on Sunday! Great experience. We were talking with Jhizel, who said that Gabriela was just waiting for the right moment (aka the 27 of March), and that she wasn't entirely sure why. So we decided that there really isn't a reason to wait, and we spoke with Gabriela about it after Gospel Principles class. She was hesitant at first, but when we proposed the idea, she agreed. So know it's the week of baptismal preparation (getting the clothes, inviting everyone, and making sure that she passes her baptismal interview). I love baptisms. We have a lot of work to do, but we are excited for this Sunday.
Apart from that, we had a less active member that consistently commits to coming to church. But the day comes, the sacrament meeting starts, and she is never there. Up until yesterday. She had spoken with us throughout the week and seemed more confident than ever that she was coming to church. Although, we didn't really believe her (from experience) we were still praying for that miracle and it came. Sunday rolled around, and much to our surprise so did this member. It was one of those moments where you don't really know what to do so you just shake their hand and say "Hola". So cool. She has the goal to go to the temple this year and our goal with her is to get her there.
Although there was a lot of success yesterday, there was also a moment of sadness as well. Lili, who had been progressing so much, decided yesterday that she didn't want to keep coming to church. It kills us, because the night before she had told us that the only thing that was keeping her from being baptized was the Relief Society (very long story). But, we have set an appointment for this Friday, so please keep her in your prayers so that she still comes to church.
Update on Jose Juan and Sandra. Sandra left for Chile this last week and was Jose's main support system. He is still not sure about baptism. He definitely wants to wait till Sandra gets back in July to make the decision, so keep him in your prayers.
In other, slightly less spiritual news, we have a new car! There wasn't really anything wrong with the last one other than the dents and scrapes that come from being a missionary car, but we have received the new Opel Corsa (German model.) It's fantastic. The stereo system is much better which allows for much more EFY sing-a-longs in the car.
We are excited for this next week. We are going to go help out with a District leader training meeting in Malaga this Thursday, and have a lot of people progressing. I wish I could tell you about each one individually, but the time is short and I'd really like to share how much I really love being out here. Missionary life is crazy, hectic, and stressful at times, but is also the best time of my life. I love getting to see people progress, to care about people so much that it hurts you when they say no, I love watching the change that really happens in people. It's something real. I have seen it. Just to highlight one, Jhizel. I know I've already mentioned it, but she has a legitimate plan to go on a mission, and for the first time in her life, is saving money to be able to go. That's what makes it a great day to be a missionary.
|Sandra's farewell party, (we were mid transfer so the missionary|
sitting next to me was with us for a little while)