|Happy Valentines day!|
Wednesday night: Lesson with Jaco. Commits to live commandments. Lessons are technically complete. Confirm baptismal interview date/time.
Thursday morning: Receive text that Jaco will not make it to today's interview. Missionaries drop everything, rush to his house in panic. Teach lesson addressing common anti-Mormon remarks he came across. Heavily testify of the joy of the restored gospel. Jaco prays for an answer, agrees to be baptized.
Thursday night: Receive text that Jaco is actually still undecided. Answer accepted.
Friday afternoon: Lesson with Jaco. Discuss the plan of salvation and make no mention of baptism. Jaco asks when he can have his interview. Because he's decided to be baptized. Missionaries freak out.
Friday night: Receive apology text. Jaco cannot make a decision. Missionaries want to cry.
Saturday morning: Receive text saying Jaco will be at his scheduled interview. Missionaries are confused.
Saturday afternoon: Jaco goes to his interview. Fervent prayer. Both Jaco and interviewer conclude that he needs more time. Missionaries relieved that a decision has been made.
Sunday: Scheduled baptism does not occur. Missionaries try not to think about it.
Current status: Cool with it. Still teaching Jaco. This time, from the ground up.
Cool fact: I got to work J-town! Tuesday was exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders and I went tracting in Jackson with Sister McGrath, and awesome bubbly sister I knew in Shreve. It was so fun to be with her again. She bought me a donut because she's awesome. We found a couple of friendly, humble families in one neighborhood, both with little babies. Cool thing about babies: they're super close to the veil and most of them recognize us missionaries as representatives of Christ, I'm 97% sure of it. Before we left, one of the families' little ones was staring at me intently through the window and I whispered to him "I know you know who we are - tell your parents to let us come back!"
Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give athanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts brejoice. [2 Nephi 9]