So this week is going to be kinda short. I'm sorry about that, but really everyone...your support means the world to me. I am so lucky for all of you. Just know that I think about y'all all the time and your examples are what keep me going.
Also, fair warning: This short note might get a little preachy for some of you.
Our ward split yesterday, which means our building now has two Spanish wards and 1 English ward which is kinda funny. I'm sad because we lost some of our best members but I'm also super excited because trying to learn everyone;s names was rough! Now I only have like 400 to learn instead of 700...haha.
The cool experience of the week was also yesterday. We went to a hospice center and met with a RC (Recent Convert) and his wife who has about a week left to live. We had some RCs that did not come to church after promising they would. All three of them said it was because they were too tired. Then we went to the hospice center and had a completely different experience with a man knowing he was about to lose his wife. I don't know how to describe the mix of emotions in the room, but it was amazing.
Guys I know how hard this gospel is to live sometimes. I know that it is really easy to have doubts and those doubts have got some killer arguments. Believe me, I've had them. But if nothing else, I can tell you that there is a stark contrast between the lives of those who are trying to have faith in Christ and those who are not. And by their fruits ye shall know them, yeah? It's experiences like this that keep me motivated. I know that having an eternal perspective completely changes our actions. It helps us get through things that we wouldn't have been able to otherwise and allows us to reach out to others because we know how important all of this actually is. So to end this really incomplete account of my week, I apologize again for how little time I have to tell you guys everything and how little time I have to write to you individually, but every single one of you make my life when I hear from you. Know that I really do think about you all the time...and also, know that when your alarm goes off on Sunday and you're too tired to go to church, missionaries everywhere hate you. Get yourself out of bed and go to church! Get yourself off of Netflix a little bit earlier and read your scriptures. Pray. The primary answers are important for a reason. They will change your life and I promise make it a whole lot better.
-Sister Bren Scadden