Haha, so this week was pretty much fou nèt! True story. It was probably the most stressful week of my mission, but it had the best ending EVER! It would make a good story. Well, at least the first part.
So, let me paint you a picture. Not a boring picture like the Mona Lisa, but the funniest picture in the world. It's starts in the middle of Sistrunk Boulevard (Ghetto central). We're just chilling, teaching a lesson about the Restoration when suddenly, our investigator looks out the window. His eyes get huge, and he jumps out of his seat and runs into the kitchen. He comes back out with his camera and yells, "Oh, they finna fight!!"
We follow his outside, and all of the old women in the street are pouring out in the street, a group on each side. There's one lady that has a hand taser and is pointing it at another lady from the other side. All of these women in the street are just yelling things at each other and threatening to kill them. Haha, I was laughing pretty hard, but I probably shouldn't have. Some of them had brooms and buckets and things that they started throwing at the other group. There was even this really old lady that ran into her house and came back out with a couple of bowling pins that she threw at the lady holding the taser. I had no idea what to do, so we just ran to the car and drove off. We went back to the same house for another lesson two days later and it was like nothing happened. Haha, Florida be cray!
On a less comical note, we were asked to speak at a funeral this last Saturday. It was the brother of a member of the YSA ward, but he was Haitian, and all his family was Haitian. I gave a talk on the Plan of Salvation. I was pretty nervous before it to be honest, just because the chapel was full of crying Haitians who only spoke Creole and I really wanted it to be a spiritual experience for them, especially since none of the were members. The talk went really well though. I talked about how there is life after death and God is merciful and has given us the chance to come closer to Him even after this life. Lots of amens were yelled out during the talk. It was weird being at a funeral though. I think it was the first one I've been to (at least that I remember) and it was weird just watching all of these people who thought they'd never see Akeem again. He was shot in a drug deal and was only 23 years old, so it was really hard for them. It made me really glad for the knowledge that we have though!
Alright, now to the best (and most stressful) weekend ever. So we have been working with these two girls named Khadijah and Rickia Anderson, who are 15 and 11. They said they'd be baptized on Sunday, but we stopped by their house Sunday morning to make sure they were coming to church, and their grandma answered and said they'd gone to their mum's church that day. Heart=broken. So we went to church and had a few investigators show up, so it was all good. Then, right after sacrament, I saw Khadijah walking out of the chapel and I was like, oh, gade fil sa! So we ran over to her and apparently her and her sister were both there for all of sacrament but we just hadn't seen them. They commited to be baptized that night so that their whole family could be there. We went over to their house again that night at 6 to make sure they'd be there at 7, and they weren't there. We called all the numbers we could but nobody answered. So we just went to the church and basically prayed for days that they'd make it there. Miraculously, after everyone had waited at the church until 8 and were about to go home, they showed up. Apparently their mum had be asleep and they didn't want to wake her, but she woke up and they had made it. And then THEY GOT BAPTIZED! And it was the most spiritual baptism I've ever witnessed. Every person there was crying. And Khadijah asked if she could bear her testimony after and talked about how she wants to serve a mission in a few years so she can help other people feel the same way she did then. It was so amazing. These two girls are so incredible, and they're setting a great example for their mum and her boyfriend! We're going to be working with the rest of their family these next few weeks, so we'll see how that goes. But these two girl's lives have been changed forever and I'm so happy that I was blessed with the chance to not only witness this miracle but play a part in it and feel of the sweet spirit that was there.
So that was my week. Pretty crazy, but worth it! I love this work so much, and I love all of you! You be da bestest! Also, here a picture of a minion, for Ruth's birthday! Happy birthday my little minion. Have an amazing week!
Our temple drawing on the window ^^
Us being classy and giving the sisters some pudding with roast beef for valentine's day ^^