Well this week was definitely insane!! It proved to be one of the most challenging weeks of my mission so far, and i'll just leave it at that.
So since Sister Bonner has left, I have felt completely on my own. I know I have a companion and yada yada yada, but in all seriousness I have felt so much weight on my shoulders to really strive to keep things up and going. On Thursday we were doing our personal study when Sister Diaz says "Sister my side is hurting me." I start asking her questions to figure out what's going on and she explains that she feels that her appendix is hurting. I really didn't feel like anything drastic was happening so I tell her, "Hey let's do our weekly planning and if you're still feeling sick, we'll call the mission doctor." We finish up and she says that she is still in a lot of pain . . . Aahhh so somehow we end up in the emergency room for 4 hours. . . A nurse came up to me and was asking if I was with Sister Diaz and I say "Yep! So is anything wrong?" The nurse responds . . . "Oh no she's completely fine." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Nothing, not one thing. not a fever, not a bump or bruise. We literally just wasted the whole day . . .for nothing. Great.
Friday we had interviews with our mission president and IT WAS SO GOOD! I felt so pumped and inspired by him. We talked about how happiness is a choice regardless of our circumstances and it was just a great little visit. He told me to just give everything I have and to stop resisting the spirit:] So afterwards we had exchanges and I was pretty stoked cuz I was feelin the spirit and I was ready to just get out there and give it everything. We go finding all night and then the next morning all their appointments fell through . . . soooo it looks like it was tracting time:] As we start heading out Sister Diaz calls me to tell me that our car has a flat tire and that she's not going to our lessons because their safety is in danger and that she will take the car to the shop. I tell her that the car is fine, it's tire is low but I promise that she can still get some work done. She disagrees and hangs up the phone, and I started feeling pretty ticked off. I take Sister Andersen and we just start knocking away. While we're out I got bit by freakin Toto!! We were approaching a house and two little, yappy dogs start coming towards us. Haha I didn't really think anything of it since I've come in contact with plenty of dogs but the dang thing totally bit my leg! I was about to drop kick it across the yard when a girl came out and apologized and told us we could come back and share a message with her family:] We keep knocking and as we're about to come up to another house a little lady comes out her front door. She comes rampaging towards me and puts her finger right in front of my nose and yells "WE ARE ATHEIST HERE, WE DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD, WE DON'T BELIEVE IN JESUS, AND WE HATE YOU!" I'm kinda in a state of shock not knowing what is going on and she keeps going, "I HATE PEOPLE LIKE YOU! QUIT KNOCKING ON OUR DOORS!" My senses come about me and I finally just tell her, "Look lady I know that God is real. I'm sorry if you're upset but we will not quit knocking on peoples doors. There are people who are searching for truth and I have seen far too many miracles to stop now." Haha well . . . that just fired her up even more and I probably should have just walked away but I couldn't! We went back and forth for a minute until finally she picked up her dog and walked back into her house. I was fuming. I was so upset, but I kept trying to give myself a little pep talk to keep going.
We get to the church for Jordan's baptism and sweet, sweet Diaz texts us to say that they are still at the shop and will try to make it to the baptism...WHAT? you'll "TRY" to make it to the baptism? Umm . . . This is our investigator here?! I have no idea what she was thinking but man, it really took everything for me to keep it together!
JORDAN PERRY did indeed get baptized, and it was incredible and I'm so so happy for her:] She is awesome and I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for her.
We got home and I finally just let it all out. I told Diaz how disappointed I was in the way that she had been acting all week. I told her that I wasn't going to waste anymore time . . . that these people are far too precious to just toss to the curb. I told her that today she truly showed me how little she cared about missionary work and that I didn't trust her with our investigators or anything else. and . . . she gave me the silent treatment . . .AWESOME!
Finally on Sunday she broke down. She told me how she was super unhappy here, that she didn't like being in Montgomery, that she didn't love these people or care about them. She said that she really doesn't care that Jordan got baptized and none of it matters. I was in shock. wait wait . . . You don't care? Let me get this straight . . . You. don't. care? Well then why the flip are we doing this?! AHH. I have never been so frustrated in my whole life. I'm sure that all the ward members know we're not getting along but seriously there is so little that I can do! I just keep praying that Heavenly Father will soften her heart, my heart, and provide a way for us to teach.
I guess I should also just throw this out there . . . I will be coming home September 10:] September 10, not a day earlier not a day later. I will come home then. I have one more transfer to just bust my little butt and give the Lord all that I have!
I'm so grateful for all the challenges that I am facing and I know that things are going to work out! The gospel is so good and miracles are waiting just around the corner!
I hope you all have an incredible week and see how much Heavenly Father loves you!!
Love, Sister Bowden