Well, I'm sure you all have heard about our crazy break-in experience. I wasn't going to mention it, but Sister Thompson from the mission office mistakingly called mom because she thought Sister Vander Does (who's camera was taken) was me.... so naturally, our secret break-in was made known to the whole mission! lol. Anyway, We were coming home for lunch on Thursday, and saw that the door was cracked open. We thought that was weird.... So we went in, and I walked straight to the kitchen to wash my hands, and Sister Vander Does called for me. She showed me our door. The door jam was broken and the wood around the metal was split. The right side of the molding around the door was completely detatched and leaning against the wall. it was nuts! We didn't think anything was missing... missionaries don't have much to steal, so we just called the apt manager, President, and Sister Thompson. Then we had lunch. The funny thing was, there was a mysterious tomato placed on our counter that we know NEITHER of us put there. Anyway, later we realized Sister V's camera and a bit of cash were missing. We didn't have much time to really freak out about it, and then went to the Trail Center. We weren't planning on telling anyone, but somehow it leaked, and so everyone showed their concern! It was quite the wakeup call to have the sisters make sure they go out of their way to lock their deadbolts. Anyway, we're fine...
HOWEVER, our week was just kind of a mess up until Saturday. I've learned that opposition truly takes place before great miracles occur. Aside from being "burgled," everything kept getting in our way. All I wanted to do this week was missionary work, but stupid things kept happening! haha. The trail center sisters switch around cars a lot, because of the trail center schedule, so we ended up taking another companionship's car the day after we were robbed. that car ended up being dead, and we had to take it into the car shop. Then everything kept preventing us from doing work, and I just felt really unproductive! We got stuck at the trail center that night, because we didn't want to use the miles to go back and forth, because we were going to be there the next day, so we were trying to do our weekly planning session, and just couldn't seem to get anything done. I started to get really overwhelmed. I was stressed, hadn't had a chance to really freak out about being robbed, and just feeling the pressures of being a senior companion... SO, sister V reminded me of our handy-dandy trail center memorial room, where lots of miracles happen. So, we stopped everything, and went over to the memorial room, and plopped down on the floor, and just looked at the temple and the cemetary. I was instantly filled with peace. I just knew everything was going to be okay, as long as I was doing my best. The night did get better! The winter Quarters Singles ward was having a dinner at the trail center, so I got to see a few people who I missed A LOT!
Okay, so here's where the reward of opposition occurs. We had all of saturday to try and make our week turn out right. We got to teach a family from India. They are Hindu, but they want us to come back! So cool! We also taught Celora. We were not sure what to do about Celora, because she hasn't really been keeping commitments. We did, however, promise her we would find someone to give her a blessing of healing. She struggles with Epilepsy, muscle pains and migraines. So, we tried to find someone in the ward, but it didn't work out. We got ahold of our zone leaders and they were available! We went over there, and Elder Shepard gave her a blessing. It was INTENSE. He promised her that according to her obedience she would be healed. CRAZY. The spirit was so strong. Afterward, Celora was in tears and said she felt "warm and tingly"... we set her for baptism, and went on our way! =)
Next miracle... Eli. We went over there. We had prayed together about what we should do for this particular appointment. We felt like we shouldn't try to set him for baptism again, but that we should just teach him about the atonement, and then invite him to do pause, ponder in prayer by himself. I remember having this image of him and candice looking so happy, It was interesting. When we taught them, they looked SO happy! It was amazing. But also, We asked Eli how he's been feeling about baptism, and he said he's not ready "yet".... then I asked him if he felt like that's what God wants him to do, and he said yes! YAY! Also, for the entire time I've been teaching him, he would NEVER pray out loud with us. But the other night, I asked him for the umteenth time, and he prayed! with NO hesitation! =) He also went to church again! He's progressing so well. We are so excited. Our week turned out to be an amazing one, inspite of the craziness. I KNOW that was Satan's way of keeping us from doing the work. He wanted us to give up, and we just weren't having it! ;)
Well, now that my testimony has been strengthened, I would love to hear about all of your experiences! you should write me some letters and tell me all about it! ;)