What? & Why?

Sydney is serving a year and a half for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile Concepcion Mission from November 2013 - May 2015.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 26: The Rest of the Story

To continue about my story from last week, its not going to be as dramatic as you probably are all thinking. Haha! Sorry for the worry. It wasn’t too bad, especially since his mom and siblings were in the house too. It was weird, because he seems very innocent and childlike, but yet I just felt from the beginning there was something about him. We were talking to him and he said often that "he’s a good person" and that he likes to visit churches. When we were finishing up, he started to talk about how he has many dreams that involve Satan and demons. He said almost every night he has bad dreams. Then he asked us if we know people who play satanic games and call up demons and things like that. When he started talking about that stuff, I felt extremely uncomfortable - I felt like I was talking with a different person. It was weird. Sometimes when we talk with him, he looks normal and innocent, and other times there’s this look in his eye, and he seems like another person. I was very tired when we finally finished the lesson.  So was my companion. She said she felt the same way as me, and felt there must be something that happened in his life.

To make a long story short, we ended up finding out later that he had been recently released from jail. He had been in jail for five years, which explains why he probably was so fidgety. Being stuck in small spaces with lots of horribly mean people for five years would probably do a lot to a person. We also found out he used to be completely normal, but now is changed because of drugs, and who knows what else happened to the poor guy in jail. We have been teaching him and his mom more frequently, and we really want to help them. They are both sweet, and he has been getting better at listening each time. This Sunday he came to church too! His mom really wants him to be baptized (she is a menos activo - less active member) but he doesn’t want to. I think he’s afraid. I feel very sad for him, because he has desires to be a good person, but we can’t help him if he isn’t willing to really change or progress.

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