So...this week I realized I have like zero outlets for stress. No bueno, people. But I am attaching some things to explain what I did about this situation. The blue is first and then the orange.
This week, literally everything that happened contributed to the internal battle I laid out on the paper. We had some amazing moments with members. One boy, Josh, is 10 years old and has been waiting for his dad's permission to be baptized for 2 years. He is incredible! He is a huge support to his Mom, who never sees her husband and is actually filing for a divorce. I was already impressed with how strong of a kid he is despite his circumstances when we showed him the Mormon Channel app. He said: "My friends on the bus have nintendo. I'm going to tell them these are much better and he can watch these with me." ...He went on to watch 4 bible videos before we left. I am excited to watch what he does in life.
The other side of this battle was hearing from two of the strongest RCs I've ever even heard of....they want space from the church. So that was rough. Ricardo, who was baptized almost a year ago and who is one of the coolest people of all time, told us (really ashamed about it) that he drank a little bit the night before. My companion ended up talking to another LA that came up to us, so I was able to have a really really good conversation with Ricardo. The events that have happened in my life have prepared me for this mission. I was able to relate to him a lot and hopefully help him. But the impact this conversation had on me can be understood after reading my attachments. We really are known by both God and Satan.
A funny story from this week...someone wanted to give us a quick snack...they brought out chips with red stuff on it. Salsa? Nope. I thought maybe it would be like a jelly or something so I embraced myself to handle that....and then ketchup. Ketchup on chips people! It was flat out really super gross and I almost threw up. But I survived the experience! I get points for that right? Positive food moment...I had steak this week that was so good I wanted to eat more. Usually I have to force steak down, but this stuff was amazing! I'm growing up, mom. :)
Love all of you! Have an awesome week!
-Sister Bren Scadden