Let's go with one of the more exciting events of the week, told through three different perspectives:
First, you are Hermana Pace. Your companion tells you "follow the Spirit", so you drive to a random street and knock a door. You start a conversation with some old guy and talk for a while. As you are talking, you here the school bus behind you drop a young boy off at the house across the street. You hear him bang on the door repeatedly, then you hear him pound on the window by the door. Then you hear glass break. He yells into the house, then climbs through the window. You continue your conversation. Then, you hear the boy open the front door and come back out onto the porch, yelling and crying hysterically. He has blood on him. You and your companion decide to go over and find out what is going on, while the old guy goes back into his house in search of band-aids. As you cross the street, you think, "Great. Now we are going to be the people at the beginning of every crime show who are just going about their business and find a dead body. Just great.
This is not how I wanted today to go." (Meanwhile, your companion is has the phone in her hand, ready to go inside and report on the crime
scene.) You walk up to the boy and ask what happened. He explains that no one is home and he broke in because he was worried that something happened to his mom. You try to calm him down and stop the bleeding from his various cuts caused by climbing through the window.
Second, you are a 10 year old boy named Daniel. You get home from school a bit early because the bus changed its route for the day. You knock on the front door, but no one answers. Your mm is always home.
Because of her medical condition, you know that she can't even drive to leave the house. You start to worry. You break the window and yell inside, hoping she will answer. No answer. So you kick through some more glass and crawl inside, getting cuts on every limb in the process. No one is home. You go through the house and back onto the porch, sobbing. Some girls come up and clean the blood off of you.
Then your mom pulls up.
Third, you are the mom. You decide that you still have some time before your son comes home from school, so you ask your daughter to drive you to the pharmacy. As you pull back into the driveway, you see your son sitting on the steps, blood all over his clothes, and two girls you have never seen before standing in front of him. But don't worry, this probably isn't whatever you think it is. You're a little bit concerned as to why your son is bleeding, but seem more concerned by the fact that these strangers are actually helping. You realize why your son was scared and ask how he got inside. When he proceeds to tell you he broke the window, your question isn't "why?" But "with what?" And when he tells you "with my hand" your only response is to tell him to try to find something else to use to break the window next time. You take him inside to clean and bandage the cuts.
And that's how it went. Then we used some hand sanitizer, got in the car, and went to teach people.
We met some miracle people just being in the right place at the right time. We felt inspired to teach a few more things, even though we were already late to our next appointment. Through that, we found out a few of their other concerns, which we will be talking more about this week. We were also scared for a second because we were talking about requirements of baptism. We asked if she had committed any serious crimes. She said "I mean, yeah. Lots of them." We said, "Okaaaaay....so, the next question is 'are you currently on parole or probation?'" Her husband laughed and said, "The most serious crime she has ever committed is getting a speeding ticket!" She said, "But that was serious to me!" We laughed about that for a while.
We went on exchanges, and I stayed in an apartment with 3 other Hermanas for the night. It reminded me of college. Two of the girls are brand new, and they are funny, energetic little things. I laughed the whole time.
Well, I have probably forgotten a few other exciting things, but this email is long enough. As a summary, sometimes life isn't what you expect it to be. But things seem to turn out for the best when you follow those random little thoughts you have that tell you to do good things. That is the Spirit. I have never been more aware of that than during this past week. It makes life interesting and leads to miracles.
Have a good week!