My Grandmother Mercedes used to say, “El hombre propone, y Dios dispone.” Sometimes we propose a plan, but God lets us know what His plan is. Things don’t always work out as we plan them, but God leads us to His plan of action and that is Elder Wong’s experience this week….
This week was very busy for us. All of our days were very full of appointments, so the week seemed to fly by. We had a large teaching group, so we were running between appointments to fit everyone in. There were some sad parts during the week and there were some miracles that we saw. Unfortunately, J and L, the two children we were preparing to be baptized this week, were not baptized. We discovered that their step-father did not like us at all (I’m not sure exactly why…), and because of that, did not let them be baptized and doesn’t want us to return. But, when one door closes, another one opens.
This week we had the baptism of M! We have been working with M from the beginning of the transfer, and he wasn’t able to be baptized because his sister didn’t want him to be baptized again (he had already been baptized once in the Catholic church and in another church as well). The same day that we lost J and L, M told us that it didn’t matter to him anymore what his sister thought, and that he wanted to be baptized! We were certainly blessed by the Lord, and I was grateful for the experiences that we had, both sad and happy.
This coming week we are preparing some people for baptism. One of them is another miraculous story. When I was in Cabedelo, 1 year ago, I did an exchange with one of the Zone Leaders in Mandacaru. We contacted a woman who was very receptive and accepted to go to church right away. After that, I didn’t hear more of what happened with her and the zone leaders. Fast-forward 1 year, and Elder A and I found her again, in the same spot. It turns out that her aunt became very sick, and she had to go to another neighborhood to care for her, and the zone leaders were never able to find her again. They probably thought that she was fleeing and didn’t actually want to go to church. It turns out that she wanted to go really bad, but was never able to go alone. Now that she’s back, we have arranged for a member to give her a ride to church (because she lives close to the member’s mother), and she went to church this last Sunday. She watched the baptism of M, and now she is very excited for her own baptism next week.
We will be having our conference of zones this week. And there will be changes… rumor has it that they are going to reorganize the stakes here and that they will create another stake. November 6, Presidente Claudio R. M. Costa is going to come with the other member of the Area Presidency, Elder Bassett. In the middle of November, Elder Dale G. Renlund is going to come for a special meeting with the youth and with the members. For the mission, this means that the zones will change.
This last week we had interviews with President D. He mostly wanted to know how my District was doing and any difficulties that the missionaries were having. He is pretty involved, and even plays soccer with the missionaries if we beat our goals. Sister D is a no-nonsense type of person and doesn’t put up with childlike behavior. She says that we are adults and that she is going to treat us like adults. It’s mostly a good thing… She also doesn’t put up with dirty houses, so we have to always work so that our house is very clean (easier to do when there are just 2 missionaries living in the house).
My scripture for this week is Alma 34:41.