This week has been a good one. I am sending pictures of Friday, which was the most interesting day. We started it by helping a family move, which meant I wore jeans for the first time in 5 1/2 months. Super weird. Then we went and knocked and followed up with some people, which meant sweat. That's normal. Then we had some dinner time so we used it to change our clothes and do our hair for Gill and Virginia's baptism. It was gonna be good. (Picture of them right after moving the family...hot and humid!)
Well, we left on our way to the baptism and tried to get one of our investigators to come to the baptism. Since he is a man, we are not allowed inside which normally doesn't cause too many problems because we can just teach outside. In case none of you happened to check the forecast on Friday for West Palm Beach Florida, it POURED. Like water up to my knees poured. We were soaked. Buuuuttttt....we drove to the baptism and when we walked in, our ward members asked us why we would ever ride bikes the day of a baptism. Yep, we were still that wet after 10 minutes in a car. haha.
We decided that it was much better for us to have problems making it to the baptism than for Gill and Virginia to have issues, so it was good! That baptism was incredible. The spirit was really, really strong and I am so grateful that I was able to stay in this area long enough to watch them be baptized. It meant the world to me to be able to be here and teach them and learn from them. They were both really happy that they were able to take this step together. I am so excited to watch them continue to progress. I called them today to ask if I could come over quickly (P.S. I'm transferring!!!) and say good-bye and Brandon said "Wait, you're leaving. Hold on. Mom, I don't want to go stay at Grandpa's anymore. I have to stay here and do one more handshake with Sister Scadden." It made my life.
I don't know where I am going yet or who my companion will be, but I think I am going South. We will see. ;) I am excited for a new area and a new adventure, but I am so grateful for the people that I was able to meet here and the relationships I built. There are so many people and moments that have genuinely changed my life. I have grown so much in 5 months and I hope I can continue to grow and become a better person. A mission is hard, but it is worth every minute of growth. God knows what he is doing. Most other people don't, but He does. ;)
Love all of you and hope you are having an awesome week!
-Sister Bren Scadden