My week was a mental and physical rollercoaster! Both horrible and amazing!! To start this week off, it was the week of Luis's baptism so we went into the week knowing that Satan would work really really hard to mess this up. But the Spirit will be there the whole time fighting to keep us on the right track.
Monday was like any other normal day. We did go and meet Luis in the plaza to make sure to review with him. We wanted to make sure everything was going great for him and to review the baptism questions. So a good day, no a great day!
Tuesday, we went with a Sister in our ward to meet with Luis again in the plaza. Once again we waned to see how he was doing. It was amazing to see how happy he was to know that everything was going great.
Wednesday was a super hard day for us because other then Luis we had basically nothing. No one wanted to listen to us and no one wanted to accept us. Nothing.
Thursday! Thanksgiving! I can officially say that it was the worst Thanksgiving of my life. So I get a call from Luis about 10:30am telling me that he was not going to get baptized simply because he didn’t want to. He called us back around 11:30 to say he was sorry and the real reason was because he didn’t understand why he needed to be baptized again since he was baptized in the Catholic church. My heart broke! As I turned to my companion, she saw the look on my face and couldn't decide whether to be extremely sad, to cry, or to be mad. We head in to our Thanksgiving lunch after that. Best part of the day because the lunch was pretty amazing! We had rice, pasteles, turkey, yuca root, cheese flan, and coconut flan. Trying to forget all that happened that morning, we spent the day helping Madeline and Wanda decorate Madeline’s house for Christmas! It was so much fun putting up lights and decorating the Christmas tree!
Friday hit us like a ton of bricks when we woke up though. Literally, it was Black Friday for us. We did though put on our plaques and went to work. As we head down to the Plaza, who do we see sitting on the bench? None other then Luis himself. Of course, we headed over to talk to him. It turns out that he just got super nervous and scared of what he was going to do because he realized how serious this was. I turned to him and said, “Luis do you know why we asked you to be baptized?” He said no and asked me to explain. “Well, Luis, we are representatives of Jesus Christ. We didn't ask you but He did, because he loves you and he wants the best for you. He is the one guiding you to the waters and He will be the one forgiving your sins.” After that we said our goodbyes and started to walk off when he said “hey I want you guys to meet this friend of mine.” So we start talking to this amazing Puerto Rican/New Yoker who is the same lady that we gave as a reference to the elders. So in the middle of talking to her, Luis says to her that if she wasn’t busy tomorrow that he was getting baptized at four and she should be there. Our jaws dropped to the floor! But okay!! We got to work immediately calling the elders to arrange the interview and everything went perfect! When he came out of his interview, Luis was so happy he almost yelled, “now I'm going to be a new member!”
Saturday was just perfect! The baptism went really well and the Spirit was super strong.
It is weeks like this that I truly know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and He is the one that is working in this Obra (work) and I am only his servant!
I love you all and hope all is well!
Con Amor Siempre