We have a phrase here in the mission, goes like this, ¨Ah the things that happen in the misison!!¨. PROFOUND!!! i know. But really just the things that happen at times we just have to sit back and laugh. This weekend was a bit rough and stressed with an AMAZING baptism for the elders and so the sisters hunted down the keys for the font and we were filling it up, but didnt´now how to plug up the bottom so the water would stop running out.... Turns out there was a valve outside the church that needed to be turned, but we only realized this after we had filled the baptismal font two times and kept wondering where all the water was going....and after we had called our leader missional like five times to try to explain the problem and at what time was the baptism and we needed other keys than the keys we borrowed from the stake president (WE live behind the stake presidents house HOW COOL!! they are always worried for us and give us food and its just a great family!!). All in all the baptismal font was full and we went to look for our appointments and EVERY SINGLE ONE THIS WEEKEND FELL THROUGH!! Every single one. I think they are all somewhere together cuz ouch. But the bueno is that we were able to attend the baptism. and this young man is of GOLD! He saw the example of a co'worker who is a member and she didnt´smoke or drink in the meetings. which lead him to ask why and then started coming to church and BANG baptism! His testimony was just so wonderful and i think everyone in the room could feel the spirit reminding us of our own baptisms, just that spirit of peace, comfort, a newness and purity. In a way the same way we feel during sacrament meeting when we renew our covenants. The baptism was just perfect and then after we were able to go to the relief society session of confrence. Yes in spanish. then as the 6 sisters in our zone we went out for PIZZA!! Woot just like home. THen came Sunday (for my family who wonders exaclty what i was doing when they were eating dinner). In the morning calling all sorts of people even the ancient investigators to at least have one at church today. (turns out not everyone is awake at eight in the morning like the missionaries...) but I called everyone possible and we ran to find the family we were teaching and they weren´t home even when we called fifteen minutes earlier and she said we could pass by to come get her. So we came to church thinking we had failed the world. But we were blessed with 5 investigators in the church that day. The class for priciples of the gospel was just what our sister who we went looking for needed to progress to baptism hopefully this month and another man came all on his own. Till we had a mother come with her two children to do a project and talk specifically with the missionaries to know more about our religion and why all are so different. It was a really cool project they had to interview every church to see what they believed and why. WE were more than happy to oblige!! Taught about the restoracion and i think it made a REALLY good impression and the spirit was so strong there! This was all before one in the afternoon! Then after lunch at about 4 taught a lesson to a man who magically contacted us this week who had a date for baptism with elders six years ago and he invited us to his house and presented his wife and everything! We have lots of hope for him and his progression! just a great little family. Then we came back to the church at about 6 o clock to have correlation missional and there was a woman and a man who were having financial problems due to a loss of a job and came looking in desperation for spiritual guidance and just happened to get to the curch in time for mission meeting. HOW PERFECT! God really plans things so well. The elders were able to give them a blessing of comfort and we were able to give them books of mormon and invite them to read ether 12 about the faith. and the husband isn´t a big believer in faith but we were albe to see his change as we were talking with him and he was able to feel the spirit and accept our teachings. They are so wonderful! This lasted to about seven o clock and then had a short meeting to coordinate the members helping us out this week and we helped the bishop clean the church and booked it to a lesson with our leader missional. We taught the man who came to church all by himself about the plan of salvation and invited him to baptism!!
Needless to say after all the trials and a really rough weekend GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS. At times amidst the waves and winds and what seems to be the biggest storm of our lives and we think Christ has abandoned us then comes the light and we realize that Christ has been the whole time with us in the boat and he comes to calm the storm and deliver the promised blessings to strengthen our faith. WE look back at the waves and winds and realize that God was just growing us a bit and streatching us to our limits to mold us into who he needs us to be.
JUST A WEEKEND TO NEVER FORGET ONE OF THE STARS OF THE MISSION!!!
Love you all! Just keep moving right along because Christ is with you always and just keep plugging (dont try to translate that phrase in spanish) and know He will never abandon us.
LOVE SISTER ATKINSON!
Happy birthday TALYSA AND DAD! hope you passed an aweome day and that there are a million smiles in your day!