First off, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THE GREATEST DAY IN THE WORLD! Seriously my dad is awesome and I am so lucky to have him!
....Guys, my entire email I just wrote got deleted. Man! I had a good one this week too.
So I'm out of time and super sorry I can't re-type everything but I will write about Juan (who was baptized on Saturday) next week and maybe my mom can write up a few of the stories this week.
I love all of you SOOOO much and hope you are enjoying your summer!
-Sister Bren Scadden
SOME OF BRENNA'S STORIES....
Hermanas Scadden and McGrath were going around telling people goodbye the night before Hermana McGrath was transferred and stopped to see Gill and Virginia. At first, they were praying really hard that the house this family put a contract on would not come through until they were baptized. President called later and gave them permission to continue teaching them even though this family is moving into the Elder's area. This information made one Hermana Scadden smile. A lot.
The man they have been teaching for a very long time (waiting for First Presidency's approval for baptism) told Hermana Scadden that if she ever is discouraged, to know she is there to find "the Juan's". He said, "If you ever feel like you have failed as a missionary, know that I will never leave the church!" Juan talked about all the churches he has been to and then explained that our church is the only one that takes the darkness from his mind. He then told her to make sure that she always thinks and acts the same...when it is time for her to choose a man, to think like a mother, not a woman.
After the visit to Juan, they went to visit Jennifer. In Hermana Scadden's words, "Man, that woman is amazing! She told us that she stopped texting the guy she has been interested in for 3 years because she knows they are going in different directions. Just like that. And mom, she is getting serious about moving to Utah next year! :)"
"The days leading up to the transfer have been my favorite so far in this mission because it has hit me over and over again that I love these people more than I can even say. I feel like these people are so fragile and I have to keep them safe but they are also the strongest people I've met in my life."