What a week. There have been a lot of ups and downs this week. And they've been pretty drastic. I would say my best and worst days in the mission so far have happened since I emailed last.
I'll tell you about the BEST part of my week though....
Vuli's baptism. It was INCREDIBLE. It was the most tender, moving, baptism I've ever seen. She is so ready and was crying the whole time. We were real worried when they didn't show up till 10 mins. after it started. Fiji Time I guess, right? I gave her pearl earrings because she liked mine and wanted a pair. It was so fitting for her baptism and she looked beautiful in white. She was bawling during the opening song, and you should have seen her testimony. I think everyone was crying. She has been through a lot and is so determined to stay strong. All of the struggles so far have been beyond worth it to see her beautiful smile as she came up out of the water. I feel so blessed to be part of her conversion, even just a small part. She couldn't stop crying all day. After her baptism she gave me a big hug and wouldn't let go. We were both crying and she said..."I finally made it to the end Sister Matheson." And I said ...."No, Vuli, you made it to the beginning." The beginning of the race to eternal life. It was such a beautiful reminder to me of the blessings of being baptized. My heart was full all day. I can already see the promises from the First Presidency (on the 1st page of PMG) coming true! I am so happy!
We had one day this week that was full of miracles. It was a humbling day. The first was in Nabaluni after we hiked an hour or more up there to teach two lessons. We were teaching Sister Jese outside and it started to rain. Then it started to pour. All around us, but we didn't get wet. It was insane. Another was that in our lesson with Letila and Epeli, I prayed so hard for the spirit and to be able to speak the language. At the end of the Restoration lesson, I opened my mouth and for the first and only time, the words flowed from my mouth. I swear I don't even know all of the words I said. And the spirit was so strong. I could see the tears in their eyes. I hope they recognized the spirit and know that it's true.
A lot of other wonderful things happened this week. But I'll just leave with my testimony. My testimony that THIS is the Lord's work. This is where I am supposed to be. I love these people. I love this Gospel. I am SO grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary. There is no greater joy than sharing something that will change lives for eternity. I know this Gospel is true and I know that our Heavenly Father knows each one of us and hears our prayers. Au via wasea na veika oqo en na yacai Jisu Karisito Emeni.