How is everyone? I hope things are going well in the motherland. (That's what Texas members of the church call Utah.)
This last week we heart attacked the door of one of our people who has been having a rough time lately, and it was awesome. My comps then decided it would be a great idea to have a photoshoot on the front porch. Lol. I thought it was weird but oh well haha. It turned out great!
We also had a hilarious lesson with this 9 y.o. named Bryden. We got a call on Monday from his mom, telling us how they were inactive for a year and a half, and were actually active in another church, but that they finally decided that they needed "to come home". So cute. Then she told us that her 9 y.o. Bryden wants to be baptized, but that they want him to have a good understanding of what he's committing to. He is really high-functioning autistic, so he mostly just doesn't have a filter haha. So, we had a myriad of random tangents in the lesson. For example, he thought that spirit animals and the Holy Spirit were the same thing:
Bryden- Yes yes I know- same thing, different names.
Us- Uh... no, not exactly...
Bryden's mom- What are you talking about??
Bryden- The Holy Spirit is a spinosaurus.
Another exchange, in rapid-fire speed:
Bryden- I've seen a picture of God.
Mom- No, that was a picture of Jesus.
Bryden- No, I've seen a picture of God and He looked just like us.
Mom- That was Je-
Bryden- I've seen Santa Claus.
Yet another (about a painting hanging on the wall):
Bryden (mid conversation about baptism)- Mom, what does that painting mean?
Mom- I don't think it means anything?
Bryden- It has to mean something.
Mom- I don't think it does?
Bryden- Well where did you get it?
Mom- I got it at Ross.
Bryden (making growing motions with his hands)- Well don't you think it could mean Jesus? The flowers mean Jesus because when Jesus died flowers grew on His grave!
And my personal favorite moment of the evening:
We were doing an object lesson with a bowl of water, pepper, and dishsoap, where you put pepper in the water, get dishsoap on your finger, and then touch the surface of the water and all the pepper gets shoved to the edges of the bowl so it's like baptism when you're made clean. Well, Bryden had been attending the local Catholic church for about a year and a half at this point, and he has really taken it in stride. He wanted to give the pepper and dishsoap a try, and when he started to poke the dishsoap, it became a little violent and he started to scream, "DESTROY EVILLLL!!"
An excommunicated woman we have been working with and who I personally have gotten very close to, finally made the decision to meet with her stake president! That has been a very difficult choice for her to make because of some bad experiences she has had, and she got enough courage to do it! We have a couple weeks of waiting time until he gets her records and talks to her bishop and everything, but we are hoping and praying for her to be able to get baptized again. I can't describe how happy it makes me that she is making it back at last!
"24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors" Alma 36:24-25
I love these verses. I relate to these so much. I have come to know the healing and atoning power of the Savior in an intimate way, and because of this I am given such joy at seeing the people I'm working with come closer to Christ. How great is my calling!
I love you all. I hope you're well. For those of you who know anyone serving in Chile, know that my thoughts and prayers are with them. God will protect His servants!