OKAY. So this week has been... Crazy. There's a family that the elders had been working with... And they're awesome. They've been working with this family for EIGHT MONTHS. The problem is that the wife had been married before... and the divorce papers hadn't gone through even after years and years... (welcome to Bolivia, where the only thing harder than getting married is getting divorced). Anyway, this week their papers finally went through and they were able to get married! The whole ward threw themselves into their wedding and baptism plans. Wedding Friday, Baptism Saturday.
One of the elders that had been working with them had been in this ward for like 6 months working with this family.... And on Thurdsay night, the night before the wedding, the elders got a call. Emergency transfer. President Willard told him that he was going to leave at 7:30 the next morning to the offices to be President's secretary and had to go before transfers to be "trained." President also said that (even though all of the areas in Aeropuerto are pretty big) it's likely that he's going to close one of our areas and redifine the boundaries. In the meantime... the other three elders (one of which is being trained, and one of which goes home this transfer) are going to stay in a trio. So we have no idea what's going to happen with transfers on Wednesday.
We asked permission to go to the wedding... AND WE GOT IT.
I went to a wedding... As a missionary.
It was really sweet, and the people in the ward were sweethearts for all the preparation that they did for the family.
BAPTISM THE NEXT DAY. Saturday morning, 9 AM, the sister missionaries are starting their companionship study when we realize that we have a text message... "Oh hermanas, I forgot to tell you yesterday, but you're in the program as a special musical number. See you at four!"
So me and Hermana Nahuel (who sings like an angel, by the way) start freaking out. We had sang a duet at the baptism for an 8 year old boy in the ward, but it did NOT go well... So we start practicing "Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide," my companion on Soprano, and me singing Alto... And we were nervous, and our voices were worn out... But we did it and it went pretty okay! And I sang alto, all by myself! The baptism was beautiful, the wife cried... And we sand "Come Come Ye Saints" as one of the hymns because for that family, that song is special... Because for them, finally "all is well."
And the next day at church the Relief Society president made me teach the alto part of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" to the altos because they have to sing in a stake activity. A sister in the ward recorded our l'il duo, I'm going to have her send it to you. :)
We have not been able to find our family this week. Hermana Jenny has to travel to Oruro a lot, and this week she was there. She either comes back today or tomorrow... Pray that we'll be able to have a lesson with them this week. We're worried that they won't be able to progress much if we don't have the chance to have much contact with them.
So. That was my crazy week. :) I'm a little nervous about transfers because a lot seems to be changing in the ward. I want to stay here with Hermana Nahuel. Hermana Nahuel is my favorite companion. We are constantly singing, joking around, laughing, and finding ways to enjoy the work. :) She's awesome. This ward is awesome. This transfer has been awesome and it has gone by in a flash. I hope you have a good week.