So this week, we had a baptism! We had been working with an investigator for quite some time (since before I got out here!). He did not want to be baptized until he was in college (a good year and a half away) and no matter what we did or sad, he would not change his mind.
Then, our district leader suggested we let him interview him The interview lasted over an hour, and he felt the Spirit and decided he wanted to be baptized :D :D :D yay!
On Sunday, he texted us and told us he was too tired to go to church. We told him that if he wanted to be baptized that day, he'd have to. So he agreed willingly without much persistence on our part. He came to church, all went smoothly. We saw him right before he left , and he's still excited and ready for his baptism at 5:45 so we can start at 6 to be done in time for Seminary Graduation at 7 --- we were on a really tight schedule.
So we go about doing missionary things for the rest of the afternoon. We arrive back at the church at 5:30.. 5:45 rolls around and people are showing up for the baptism. Everything's great until a member, who was supposed to pick up our baptismal candidate, shows up. Our baptismal candidate is not with him. The member told us he went to his house, but he was not answering the door or his phone. We try to get a hold of him, but no luck.
So, we went with the member to the house at around 5:55 and start ringing the doorbell - a lot. Nobody is answering. We kept thinking about the lesson we had had during zone meeting the day before: that if things aren't working out the way they should we have got to "do something about it" and make the miracle happen.
Long story short, we found out his door was unlocked, we found one of his neighbor friends, and his friend walked inside his house to his bedroom and woke him up - he had just been taking a nap. He came outside still rubbing his eyes, saw us, grabbed his stuff for the baptism, then we all went back to the church arriving at about 6:25. He quickly changed into his clothes, the baptism started at 6:35, it was over right at 7, and as soon as it was over everyone left to go to seminary graduation. I was so tired by the end of that!
But, we had a baptism!!!! :) It was truly a miracle, and - as do all miracles - it required a lot of effort and trust in God on our part.. There was a point where it just seemed like no matter what we did, we ran into a brick wall, but we kept trying, trusting that truly God wanted our investigator to receive the blessings of baptism. We followed the Spirit - and we saw the blessings!
It was truly a great week!