It's been a wonderful week just completely filled with miracle after miracle! I know I say this a lot, but this week was one of the best that I've had on my mission. I wish to share with you just one of those many miracles that was proof to me of the infinite love of our Heavenly Father for His children:
On Thanksgiving morning, Hermana Ferwerda and I were trying to figure out how to fill our day with meaningful activities, because everyone we had talked to previously were either going to Mexico to see family or were having family come visit from Mexico, no surprise. So we said a few prayers hoping to receive some guidance as to who we should go see. At about 10:00 in the morning, we went to see a less active lady whose husband has been in prison for a few years. As we visited with her, we found out that she gets really lonely during the holidays without her husband and she was so grateful that we came and stopped by. From there, we didn't really know who else to go see, so we walked around hoping to pass out a few cards for the new video A Savior is Born that the church just came out with. We also had a few king-sized chocolate bars that we wanted to hand out to people who needed some upliftment.
As we walked down the main street, the first person (and only person) we contacted was Morticia. When we first started talking to her, she was a little standoffish. But as soon as we gave her the chocolate bar, her face just lit up and she started crying. We found out after getting to know her a little bit that she had lost her house to a fire, she was abused and taken advantage of by her husband, and was now living homeless on the streets of south Tucson. Apparently, she had been having suicidal thoughts for a few months, and 5 days earlier, she'd decided to starve/drink herself to death. While walking down the main busy street, she was feeling hopeless and was seriously considering taking her life by jumping into traffic, when we stopped to offer her some chocolate.
After getting some food in her, we took her to our church to teach her a little bit about the Gospel and of our church. We didn't say much, she was really drunk and just needed to talk about the things going on in her life, but she was able to see the Lord's hand in stopping her from taking her life. We also coordinated with some members to bring her a nice, hot Thanksgiving meal, which she was so grateful for.
We haven't seen her since. We are hoping we run into her again soon, but we were able to give her a Book of Mormon and the directions to our church. Hopefully she makes her way back! It was a beautiful experience. My companion and I are just hoping she remembered even a little bit of what happened that day. Maybe not, but maybe! I was really touched by that experience, and she is someone I will never forget.
We are planning on a wedding this week for our investigators! They are amazing people, and they are so happy to be a family forever! We are planning on them being baptized shortly after.
Well, I love you all so much! I hope this little story reminded you of how mindful the Lord is of us, even when we don't feel it or recognize it ourselves. Hope you all have a good week!
Much love, Hermana Townley