I feel as though I've hardly had time to breathe all week.
Kiersten passed her interview and her and her sister Tori had a beautiful baptism on Saturday. Their mom was so touched and it was just a beautiful morning.
We had a lesson with Ashley on Wednesday and I was just angry. I was letting my frustrations take over. She is so deeply hurt and so deeply entrenched in her way of life that repentance is uncomfortable for her. In the lesson, I was just fuming at her indifference to keeping commitments that I just looked up at Sister Tait when Ashley popped out of the room real fast and said, "I'm done. We're leaving." Sister Tait was the real MVP of this lesson when she ignored me and took time to get to the root of the problem and Ashley broke down about how she doesn't feel as though God hears her prayers, so Sister Tait bore powerful testimony and Ashley prayed the most beautiful prayer I have heard from an investigator and I just cried with my head down because I was frustrated and humbled and I was gently reminded by the spirit that Salvation is not a cheap experience.
Also, I don't know why God is so good to me. I don't know. But He is.
On Saturday night we visited the home of a former investigator, and the teenage girl answered the door. My mind was elsewhere, I had a lot on my mind and my heart, so when Brianna Goyco told us she wasn't interested, I started to turn to walk away and ONCE AGAIN Sister Tait was the real MVP and she said, "Well dang. If you aren't interested in Jesus, maybe you'd be interested in my schooling you in basketball." I just stared at her with wide eyes because this is NOT like my companion at all. She's usually quite timid and does things the way they a regimented. But Brianna laughed and the two of them started talking about basketball while I just stood there. Brianna invited is in and we sat down and she opened up to us about how she feels like God isn't real because He took away her dad a few months ago. We were able to testify of His love and ended up having a lesson with both her and her mother about the Plan of Salvation. We are going back on Tuesday and we are excited to teach them more.
ALSO ASHLEY CAME TO CHURCH. It was the happiest moment ever. She only stayed for sacrament, but it was more than enough for my heart to see that God really does work miracles.
"Sometimes we can learn, study, and know, and sometimes we have to believe, trust, and hope." —M. Russell Ballard
Love you guys!