Nov 1, 2011
assignment three: Burgess Falls
"Saturday was really cool. We have been trying extra hard to be obedient and faithful so that we can have the spirit with us more fully and be led to the people God wants us to find. Saturday we saw some results. After a morning of teaching some former investigators, we were driving past a street where Sister Larsen noticed a lady sitting on a couch on the side of the road. She felt prompted to turn around and go talk to her. As we pulled up, we noticed she was crying. I rolled down the window and told her we were missionaries and asked if we could do anything for her. She just broke down in sobs and couldn't even talk, so we pulled over and went and sat with her. Through her sobs she told us that she has just prayed for the first time in ten years she had just prayed asking God if He really was there. She asked God if he could show her some sign that someone cared about her, and then we pulled up to comfort her and help her get the place she needed to be. She told us that we were the fastest answer to her prayers she'd ever gotten. We gave her a Book of Mormon and prayed with her before she left and she said that when we prayed she felt something she'd never felt before in her life. She was blown away by the miracle that had just taken place.
I love it here.. I don't know if i have mentioned that. This week was kind of crazy but so incredible. Because Damon, James, Wendy, and Nikki are all getting baptized soon, we had to teach a lot of important (and kind of stressful) lessons this past week. We talked a lot about the importance of the covenants they are making, and also taught them all the word of wisdom. All of them love their coffee (or tea or tobacco), and we were worried about asking them to give it up. But miracles are real..we have been praying like crazy for them, have gotten them all priesthood blessings, and lo and behold they have all three been keeping the word of wisdom since we asked them to! If that's not a miracle I don't know what is. They all have such strong faith and devotion because they have felt the spirit of this gospel and know that it is true and worth it. I can't wait to show you pictures of their baptisms next week! Nothing is better than watching these people who we've worked with and spent countless hours praying for finally take this step to come closer to Jesus Christ. They are so strong and I admire them so much.
"Basically here is what I have learned in the past few months: God definitely answers prayers and miracles do happen! You just have to ask, have faith, work hard, and He will take care of the rest!"