Monday, August 12, 2013

Hey guys, thanks for writing, that was really good to hear from you. I'm sending a letter later today. I'm glad to hear of all the miracles that are happening, sacrifice truly brings forth the blessings of heaven.

I went to a dinner appointment on Sunday that has truly changed my life. We ate with Jessie, who has Cerebral-Palsy and his faith and trust in God was truly incredible. He lives off of medicaid, and his mother manages his money. He really wants to manage his money, but his mother won't let him due to his illness being degenerative. Somehow my host was able to discern what he was speaking. But at the end he shared John 9:1-5, "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?   3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." His charity and fortitude in overcoming the challenges of this life was truly astounding. He really does put his trust in God in all things and really made me realize that I have a lot to learn from him. He's a huge blessing to all in his life.

It's been incredible seeing how God has put people in our path. We contacted a Russian referral last night, and if we hadn't had a member with us, her husband would have slammed the door. Instead the member was able to invite them to a ward party and introduce him to us. We've been working with that couple a lot, and hope to help these wards complete their missionary duties. It's so much better when the members do the finding and help us teach in their homes.

 I think I wrote about Milenka, it was someone that pulled into her driveway right as we were riding by on our bikes. I was able to speak some Russian with her, so that was really cool. 

We visited a less active member and his nonmember wife two nights ago, I was able to sympathize with them and shared Mosiah 29: 20, "But behold, he did deliver them because they did humble themselves before him; and because they cried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him" and explained that all of their economic woes was for their good and that God had a plan for them and their family. 

Krystal is another of our investigators, and she committed to being baptized if the Church is true.

We were riding to an appointment when this woman waved to us, she is a Lutheran and wanted to speak to us. We got an address and look forward to sharing the message of the Restoration with her. 

We've also been working with a part-member family, the father not being a member. We've been doing FHE with them on Sundays, and it's been amazing seeing the Spirit work with him to be receptive to the spiritual thoughts we've shared. 

We're also working with a Rocky, whose wife is less active. Interesting enough he has a stake calling where he checks the Church's satellite and other communications equipment every Wednesday night. He's a really cool guy. His father was a minister and baptized him, and he can't see how there could be only one true church. We've got to teach by the Holy Ghost, otherwise he won't understand and progress. 

This area has really been warming up and now we've got 6 progressing investigators and many other new and potential ones. I love working with the members and feeling the Spirit of God confirm to me over and over again the divinity of the work.

I've most often felt that Spirit come with small acts of obedience (John 7:17), like when I do service for someone else, or follow a prompting from the Holy Ghost. I know that Jesus Christ lives just as if I'd seen him with mine own eyes. He is real and answers prayers. I'm praying for you, and know that "the Lord God will consecrate [them] for the gain of my people." (2 Nephi 33:4) You can do hard things!

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