April 29, 2013
I can’t believe it’s P Day again! I’m definitely feeling the love from family, friends, and MTC district… I love you all! I honestly don’t even know what to write about at this point. We see so many miracles every single day, I wish I could recount all the miracles that happened this week. So many! Missionary work really is the best thing in the world!
I was blessed with companions who are both so obedient and excited to share the gospel. I know that the miracles are a direct result of our obedience and willingness. It’s amazing to watch the gospel to change people’s hearts.
The other morning we were running, and Hermana Carson saw a couple houses that she just felt so strongly about. So later that night we went to the first house. But nobody was home. So we decided to go to the second house. Two girls were outside, both about 16 years old, so we started talking to them. We had a little mini lesson about the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost, and they both seemed pretty receptive. But then we asked for references and they gave us like 6 names. While we were getting all the info, one of the references they gave us drove by us on her way home And they pulled into… the first house we went to!! So one of the girls, went to go get her friend, and we ended up having a full on Restoration lesson with all three of them! It was so cool.
Then, Hermana Carson felt inspired to share her mom’s conversion story, and those girls just were totally entranced by it. [Hna. Carson’s mom was baptized at 16 because she was looking for people who had her same values and found the church!] We told them that God is so aware of them and their situation and leads them to the answers they need. We told them we felt impressed to stop by their houses and share our message with them specifically. They loved that. Later, Hermana Larsen heard one of them say, “What a sign, right?”
There’s so many instances when we are just in the right place at the right time, and I know it all has to do with our obedience. Exact obedience is hard and perfection is impossible, but when we are honestly trying our very best to follow the Lord’s plan with exactness, we receive miracles. It’s as simple as that.
The members here are all trying their best to do what they believe is right and the branch really has stepped up a lot. We had 6 INVESTIGATORS in church yesterday, and it turned out to be one of the best sacrament meetings we’ve had yet! The spirit was really strong in the whole meeting, which was such a blessing because for 3 of them it was their first time at church.
I think the most amazing thing has been to be able to look at investigators and see them for their potential, not for what they are at the moment. Like I looked at Rosalinda yesterday and just saw her as a sister missionary! It happens with everyone though. I see missionaries, Relief Society presidents, worthy priesthood-holding fathers, young men, young women…I see the effect they would have on people if they not only accepted the gospel, but became immersed in it. And the change is incredible! We really don’t see our own true potential as children of a Heavenly King. But it is amazing to get a glimpse of that potential in the people we serve.
There’s definitely hard days here. There’s times when the adversary just works on us and we feel discouraged and hopeless. There’s times when stress just sets in and it seems like nothing is going right. There’s times when I can’t even keep my eyes open I’m so tired. But it only lasts for a little bit. Right when I’m about to break, we’ll have an amazing lesson or be part of a miracle for someone, or see a change in an investigator that just brings the spirit so strong. And the spirit of Christ is what heals our souls and eases our burdens.
This mission has been such a blessing! I have gained so much perspective on the way I want to live for the rest of my life. I can’t imagine not being here at this point. I’m doing my best to enjoy each and every second because I know it’s only a short time I get to do this. But I am so grateful for every single day.
P.S. We’re presenting in the sister training meeting tomorrow. It’s on “How to share a lesson (not just a spiritual thought) with members.” Pray for us!!