Monday, February 29, 2016
This week was really up and down, in respect to the hills we climbed and the emotions we felt. After the merger of our two wards here and losing part of our area to the Elders, we basically started from scratch again this week. Ì was oft reminded of the lyrics to a beloved primary song, "Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked and walked." One day we did nothing but knock doors and talk to people, and I made 100+ contacts that day and wow, do I never want to do that again haha. Another day we planned a HUGE day, and marked to visit almost 20 people, and out of those 20 we had 1 lesson. That´s O-N-E for those of you that missed it. That being said I learned a lot about hope and about timing this week.
We've been teaching an investigator, Angelica, for the past few weeks, and she´s been doing great and loving the lessons and loving church and was right on track to be baptized this week. But (there´s always a but isn´t there), this week she stopped answering our calls and after walking 40 minutes there on various occasions, all of our appointments with her fell through. BUT, that´s when the Lord stepped in as well. After the 1st appointment fell through we felt like we should try to visit a man we taught our first week in RP and had never been able to teach afterwards, and guess who just so happened to finally be at home?? Alexandre!!! We had a seriously awesome lesson with him and he told us "Yeah, I'll pray, but I already believe that Joseph Smith had a vision, because all things are possible through God and he answers us when we have faith. "I almost fell out of my chair out of happiness (and shock) though the chair was a little precarious to begin with.
A few days later we trekked through the rain to visit Angelica again and go to an activity together, but she was sick and didn't want to go. As we went to descend the mini mountain on which she lives and start our journey back to civilization, pretty bummed out, I happened to look up because the rain had stopped, and there in the sky was the biggest, brightest DOUBLE RAINBOW I ever did see, and I got so excited and pointed and pretty much yelled "SISTER BENNALLACK, DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!" After having my happiness and vigor restored, I thought about the rainbow and about our lesson with Alexandre and how if Angelica hadn't cancelled on us, we never would've had those experiences.
I´m reminded of a scripture about Ammon and his brethren, after they did their best but all their plans fell through: Alma 26:27 "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." Heavenly Father really does have a perfect plan for each and every one of us and it truly is a plan of HAPPINESS. He provides for us in our moments of need and sustains us as we persevere through the ups and downs (figurative and literal) of our lives.As we perform His work, in HIs time, we will have success. I love you all and hope you have a fabulous week full of hope and remember that we have to work today to have a better tomorrow!