This week has been quite wonderful! We had pretty good weather the whole week, but right now it is pouring rain outside and snow was in the forecast so some of the roads might be a little icy! Hopefully, we will “slip” into some awesome missionary work though.
I ‘d like to share one cool experience we had this last week. We have an investigator here named Ramiro and he has been investigating the church for quite some time now – two years to be exact. And he has turned into somewhat of an “eternagator” (eternal investigator) as we call them here in the mission field. But we had a plan on the way to his house this week to set a hard baptismal date with this guy or to drop seeing him for a little while because we need to be out finding more interested people. So we prayed long and hard about it and went over to his home Friday night. We walked in and sat down on his couch and exchanged pleasantries and talked about our week, but time for business finally rolled around and we told him we were going to get a little more serious. But he cut us off and said he had something he needed to tell us. So we said okay and then he proceeded to tell us that he was ready to get baptized right now!! We could not believe what we had heard and we were both excitedly jumping for joy. It was such an amazing experience and one filled with the spirit. He said his reasoning was that he knows that the gospel is true and wants to take the next step and play a bigger part in the branch they have in Huntsville (he has been going to church every Sunday for two years). So we are very excited that he has committed to baptism!
This whole experience with Ramiro really tied into what I had been studying this past week, which was personal agency, and the choices we make. The greatest gift that God has given us is agency and we can’t forget that he has given it to all of us. The question, “why do bad things happen to good people?” can be answered with one word – agency. We all have the ability to choose and God cannot take that ability from anyone or else he would cease to be God. It is all part of the big plan he has prepared for us. But how does this relate to Ramiro? No matter what other choices people make and how they affect us, it should never change the decisions we make. We will always have our agency. There is a poem we recite here in the Alabama mission: “there is no chance, no destiny, no fate, can circumvent or hinder or control, the firm resolve of a determined soul.” If you are determined to make the right choices, you will make the right choices. So make the right choices. In the mission, we also often say: “do it, do it right, do it right now”. So make the right choices today and don’t let anybody hinder your ability to make decisions that are right for you. I am so grateful for this truth in my life and how it keeps me on the “straight and narrow.” I love and miss everybody back home and hope you are have an amazing week!