It was a bit of a rough week this week.
We had an investigator named Pearl. Pearl's husband died 4 years ago and she's been super depressed ever since. Her daughter, Heather, cleans houses for people, and one of her clients is LDS. She was talking to her client about her mom, and the LDS lady told her about Mormon missionaries who talk to people, so the non-member daughter referred her mom, Pearl, to us. When we first tried to teach her, she wasn't interested in the gospel, she just wanted someone to talk to her. So we went slow and just snuck in the gospel and helped Pearl be happy again. We explained Priesthood blessings and invited her to get one, and the elders came a few days later to do it. The spirit was so strong and powerful and was a really neat experience! And from then on, she wanted to learn, and was soaking up the gospel!
A few weeks later, we had dinner with Pearl and her main fellow shipper, and we were explaining the Plan of Salvation again and we stopped and asked if she had any questions, and she said, "Well, I was wondering, who is it that does the baptisms?" We about died. She told us she wanted to be baptized, so we started preparing her over the next several days. She was on date for June 7th and was so excited.
Then Tuesday happened. We went over to see her, and from the very beginning we could tell something was off. She started with, "I have something to say." Very bold and straightforward, especially for Pearl. She went on about how she wouldn't be able to pay tithing, and then how she thought we were counselors. It didn't make any sense at all. From the very beginning we explained that we were missionaries. And she has been completely different from the first time we met her. She is happy and laughs now and finds joy in life again! And she told us she is not getting baptized anymore and she didn't wan to meet with us. It was so strange and broke our hearts. It really didn't make sense.
We went to our Bishop's house to tell him but he wasn't home so we talked to his wife. She gave us a mom hug! The ward has really rallied around us and is supporting us, even though it's so sad. WE all continue to pray for Pearl and hopefully one day she will be baptized!
Other than that, it's been a good week. We had interviews with President again. Any day we get to see the Bonhams is a good day!
I love being a missionary, I love this gospel, and I am so thankful for Christ in my life!
|Playing Frisbee golf last Monday for P day! "5 minutes throwing the Frisbee, and hour and a half trying to find it in all the bushes!"|