We are so blessed to see the hand of the Lord in the work everyday . . .
In the life of a missionary it's incredible some of the mini miracles that come to pass as they are out there meeting, teaching and helping others to come to know our Savior Jesus Christ.
Here's a few experiences we've gathered up this week.
. . . this week we received a reference from a member, when we arrived at their home we found them all excitedly waiting for us, they shared questions with us and we clarified the doubts they were experiencing. We taught and shared testimonies and the sister accepted the challenge to be baptized and we set another date to return. When we returned the said they didn't want anything more to do with us, they appreciated our help and strength but not to come back again. We began as a companionship to speak about the Book of Mormon and about the blessings we receive in the gospel with our families. We felt the spirit there so strong, and the sister with her sons remained quiet and thoughtful and promised us she would read the Book of Mormon and we could come back to visit them anytime we wanted. We were amazed because we know undoubtedly it was the Spirit which changed their hearts . . .
. . . I had to do exchanges with another missionary this week as we were both sick. We were so sick we couldn't go to lunch but we had only 2 instant soups in our apartment. We blessed the food saying "Heavenly Father, we know this is not the best food we can make, but it's all we have, please according to our faith, bless us and make us feel better". We ate, and 15 minutes later we discovered we feel better, not just better but awesome and ready to work! We thought, "how could this happen"? We realized the power of faith and prayer! . . .
. . . I know we are here to baptize, but not just for numbers but to bless the lives of the people here. This week we went to visit a member who was baptized three years ago but hasn't been to church in a year. At first she wanted nothing to do with us. But we shared a small thought from the Liahona which we brought for her. We listened to her express her concerns about being offended and wronged by others. But we just listened and read the Book of Mormon with her. We laughed with her and realized that we really love her but we didn't think that our efforts were making any difference to her or reaching her. We hoped she would come to church Sunday but she didn't. Later the bishop showed us something really special . . . A tithing envelop with her name on it. Saturday after our visit she stopped by his home and paid her tithing, saying she knew she needed to do it . . .
. . . in our ward we are having fellowship nights where we read and share favorite passages from the Book of Mormon - they are wonderful. We invited a member who had not been to church for a very long time to participate and she offered to have the next evening in her home. The Book of Mormon has much power to convert the people. This member thanked us for inviting her and teaching her how we feel the Spirit bear witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon . . .
"Let them go two by two, and thus let them preach by the way in every congregation, baptizing by water, and the laying on of the hands by the water’s side."
"And let them journey from thence preaching the word by the way, saying none other things than that which the prophets and apostles have written, and that which is taught them by the Comforter through the prayer of faith".