I'm not really sure where to begin, but I think I will just share some lessons that I have learned this last week.
First, not everything is what it seems to be. We were teaching a man named Manuel, who seemed like gold. He was telling us that he wanted to find the truth and especially wanted to join the true church. In missionary terms, golden. But unfortunately, as we were driving out to an appointment with him on Tuesday, we got a call from him. Generally, when someone with whom we have an appointment calls, it's tempting to not pick up because often, the result is the same, a canceled appointment, and an hour of time that we now have to create a new plan. This time however, it was slightly different. We got a call and he began to explain that he didn't just want to cancel the appointment, but he never wanted us back at his house. It's hard, even after so much time in the mission to see people reject something that you know will help them. It can even cause you disappointment and discouragement. But the reason why I wanted to share this wasn't just to show you that Manuel wasn't exactly what he seemed to be. It showed me that it wasn't Manuel's time. For now, there are others to seek who are prepared to hear the gospel.
Second, we have to make the most of the time that we have. We had interviews with President this last week, and he told me that I will be leaving Granada. Not this week, but the following week. I have been in Granada for a long time. Much longer than is normally allowed, and for that I am very grateful. But for this upcoming transfer, I will be changed to a different area. So I have decided to make the most of the time that I have left here in Granada. I have loved my time in this city. It has kind of become my second home, and I really love it here. I will be sad to leave, but I'm glad that Granada will always be here. So there is no time to lose. I can't wait for the miracles that are going to happen these last two weeks.
Last, miracles really do exist. Lili has committed to be baptized. Finally, after working with her for six months, she is getting baptized. She has set the date for the 29th of April, which is a little complicated as it's two days after transfers. She has asked me to baptize her, so I may be able to stay for the baptism. But if not, I'm so grateful for this miracle. There were a number of times in this process of conversion when she wanted to drop us or we weren't sure if we were going to keep going with her. But little by little, "precept by precept", she got there. We can't move the date any closer because that is the very day that her sister gets here from Alicante. What a miracle. I say that in all sense of the word. I had no idea that it would be even possible for her to be baptized. With the amount of doubts she had, with the opposition that she faced, it seemed impossible. But for that reason it is a miracle. Something impossible made possible. It's been amazing. It's hard to tell how happy I was when Lili finally decided to be baptized.
I don't really know how to describe how it is to be a missionary. It's the hardest, but the best thing that has ever happened to me. It really is a great day to be a missionary.
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