Hello friends, and family!
This week . . . was a hard one, really hard! I felt very tried and tested, but everything turned out well in the end. Yes . . . transfers are in! President Doman has switched some things up.
- First off, I got sick this week. We spent Monday night to Thursday afternoon at the house because I had a super bad stomach infection. Fun, right? I got a lot of reading in and we told the sisters of the ward that I was sick and had some dietary restrictions so every single day this week I ate vegetable soup.
- Zone Conference! I really liked the part where we took off our nametags and reflected on the first time we put it on. I remember taking it out of my envelope and thinking, “This is so weird!” It was a surreal moment . . .and maybe that little piece of plastic bearing Christ’s name won’t be on my chest forever, but the conversion I’ve gone through means that it’ll always be on my heart.
- Our investigator Jose Luis passed his baptismal interview so on Saturday we were at the church all day filling the font. We had to heat the water in buckets with a metal rod thing and then dump it into the font. The hour came . . and only one person was there. . . . and it wasn’t Jose Luis. Ahh! He couldn’t get out of his work . . but it’s a terrible feeling when someone doesn’t show up to their baptism. Hermana Diaz and I were crying and it was really stressful because we had worked SO hard for that moment. To be baptized we spend hours teaching people and helping them keep commitments and come to church. . . it’s a process in which the person has to change who they are so that they can be someone better. It’s devastating when it’s all thrown away. We went home and started a fast to find 5 people to baptize in the coming transfer. . .that night we found a family of 5. I’ve said it before, the lows are low but the highs are high.
- On Sunday we held the baptismal service at 10 am and then at 11 we started church and Jose Luis was confirmed. Happy ending! He even bore his testimony. It was a very special moment. So why did everything have to turn out that way? I don’t know, but I do know that if we don’t know what bitter is, we can never know what sweet is either. I know that while Joseph Smith was imprisoned in Liberty Jail, the Lord told him, “If the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” D & C 122:7. I know that the Lord told Israel “for behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction” 1 Nephi 20:10. Sometimes the Lord needs to HUMBLE US and make us trust Him and in His plan.
- Okay and now onto transfers! Hermana Diaz is staying in Comitan and I am going to Tapachula!! It ‘s the only place I haven’t been in and I’m going to Tapachula (Izapa-Laureles = zone-district). My companion will be with Hermana Maldonado. She’s fresh out of her training and Tapachula is HOT! I’m going back to the heat and back to the coast. Ahh! I will have 5 areas and 9 companions at the end of it all. Craziness!
- The truth is that today is the first day of my LAST transfer in the mission. I’ll only be in Tapachula for 6 weeks and then I’ll be homeward bound. I’m saying it now so that we can all be in a mutual agreement to not discuss it. :o) I have plans to focus on Tapachula and the miracles that I’m going to see there, and not be reminded in every single moment that it’s all coming to an end. It’s bitter sweet – I love the mission and the people here but I’m also very excited to see my family and friends. So I’m going to take advantage of this time that I have left to work, love, and enjoy!
Con amor, Hermana Dangl
La Iglesia de Santo Domingo
Baptism of Jose Luis