HEY GUESS WHAT? ANGÉLICA WAS BAPTIZED THIS WEEK, WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to be super smooth and lead into this miraculous event with some finesse but honestly, I´m just too happy and too grateful that everything FINALLY worked out for her. It´s been a roller coaster with this moça, and have literally put our blood, sweat, and tears into helping her. After going to church with us last Sunday she basically dropped off the face of the Earth. We called and visited every single day, but she was never home and almost never answered the phone. We prayed so hard and fasted (for the 6th time) for her again this week, and still we felt like nothing was happening or making a difference.
By Friday we were getting a little heartbroken and almost gave up hope for her baptism the next day, but after rallying our forces, praying with all our might, and eating every ounce of chocolate that we had in our house (Sister Bennallack ate almost an entire cake by herself and it was incredible), we continued on. Saturday morning, guess who happened to be home for the first time all week???? And guess who told us, "I don't know if I wanna be baptized today"??? Yep, Angélica.
BUT after a little lunch, and a lot crying (on all parts), and a lot of testifying and praying together, she told us she really wanted to be baptized. It was such a struggle, literally until the moment she was baptized (she had to use a children´s jumpsuit because the rest had holes, the font overflowed, 0 members showed up, and she has a phobia of the water and was super scared to be submerged), but hey guess what, everything worked out. Everything worked out exactly how it was supposed to. I remember very vividly praying in desperation Saturday morning, with every ounce of love and soul and faith that I have, "Heavenly Father we have exhausted our every effort, we have literally done everything that we are capable of doing and then some. It´s time that we turn the rest over to Thee. Please help us and help Angélica." And He did.
"For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) I know that the Lord always always always answers our prayers, not always exactly how or when we want an answer, but when and in the way that we need most. I also know that when we really do everything that we can, we are entitled to extra help and that the Lord will more than make up for what we lack. I love you all so much and wish you all a great week!! :)