(EMAIL SENT MAY 4, 2015)
The Shumway Clan -
Okay, it is a little nuts that it´s May! I can´t even believe it!! 2015 is CRUISING by.
So I just have to say that I am so excited to talk to you guys this Sunday!!! I feel like it was just yesterday when I talked to you for Christmas. CAN´T WAIT!! Oh … and Parker and Cass - CONGRATS on your upcoming marriage!! Wish, wish, wish I could be there, but hey, you two lovebirds deserve the best and I hope your wedding is PERFECT in every way!! SEND ME PICS ... okay??!!! Oh and tell Tuck and Cade that I wish them the best in their missions! Australia and Chile - THE BEST!! They are going to kill it!
So the truth is I can´t even remember what happened this last week. Ha! But I wanted to let you know that Grabiel has progressed so much!! We had a baptism scheduled for this next Sunday, but we are going to extend it one more week. He is incredible, but this week has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Earlier this week we had a lesson with him that didn´t go too great. He had a lot of questions about what he was reading in the Book of Mormon, and didn´t understand a lot of the things we were teaching. Overall, the spirit was not present in the lesson, and we walked out of it SO FRUSTRATED, knowing we had made a lot of mistakes. We passed by the next day to see how he´s doing, and he wasn´t home. At this point we were getting a little worried that we were losing him. BUT then, we passed by the following day with some returned missionaries from the ward, and he was home! We had a lesson planned to teach the Plan of Salvation, but as we began talking about how he´s doing, if he is praying, and how he feels right now with everything, he seemed a little distant. So I felt impressed to ask him how he expects to receive his answer to his prayers. He told us the truth is he doesn´t know. We decided to focus more in the Holy Ghost, and with the help of the newly returned missionaries, the Book of Mormon, and a lot of faith, it went INCREDIBLY WELL. At the end of the lesson he told us that he knows that this is a big change in his life, but he just feels good and that is something that he hasn´t felt in a while. He also is nervous that his friends are going to judge him, and his family too, but he wants to receive an answer, and knows that this right. HE IS AMAZING. We have a baptism scheduled the Sunday after Mother´s Day. And he came to church this last week too! We are so excited for him, and I know that if he sticks to it, and trust in his Heavenly Father he will receive his answer!!
Also, WE FOUND A FAMILY!! The only problem is it´s in an area that everyone told us to be careful in, because yes … it's a little dangerous. BUT, have no fear, we only go when there is a lot sunlight, and are super duper careful. But this family is incredible. It´s a mom, dad, and their two children. They aren´t married, but they want to get married, and have strong values and are so united as a family ... something that is hard to find! We found them as we were knocking doors in this area, and left a pamphlet and they already have read it all and almost came to church Sunday but had a parent´s meeting with their daughter´s schoolteacher at the time of the meetings. But we are so excited! They are soooo interested. Keep them in your prayers that we can help them feel the spirit and that this message truly will bless their life.
I truly don't remember a lot from this last week, but I promise I will update you more when we chat this Sunday!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU ALL!!
Keep on keeping on ... have an incredible week!!