Sunday, August 17, 2014

Follow The Spirit

Hello Family!!

It looks like summer has been a success! Mike and Brooke's baby is just adorable! Sorry too much to hear about Ruth's funeral, she always was a favorite of mine! I am glad that every something is going well at home!

Things here are great! We had a pretty successful week this week. The Lord's work is really the best work to be engaged in. This week we were really able to see how Papa God really does prepare each of his children to receive the gospel, and how key the spirit is in conversion.  One of our investigators Bonny finally came back from Santo and we were able to see her. Last week we were able to teach her about the Book of Momon and we asked her to read a few chapters and pray to know if it is true.  The next time we came we asked her how she felt as she read.  She was quiet for a minute and looked down at her book of momon.  She looked back up and smiled and said, "I just know it is true.  Every time you two come over I just feel so glad. I can just feel real joy." We didn't even know how to respond to her. These are the moments you live for as a missionary.  The moments when you can see the spirit working inside your investigators is priceless. The spirit just did it's work.  And that is the promise of missionary work.  All we have to do is open our mouths, the spirit will do the
work in the hearts of the people.  She said that as she reads she feels a difference in the words of the Book of Mormon.  We couldn't be more happy.  Papa God is good too much to us.  He has just made Bonny ready to accept the gospel.  Before meeting us she went through a really hard time in her life, but that hard time really made her spiritually ready to hear the gospel.  It made her ready to tune her life into the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I love missionary work.

This week we went into a village that before we had been "asked not to return". Since that time we had talked with the Papa who "asked us not to return", and he again gave us permission to go back in.  It was in this tiny village we met Marie.  Marie had met missionaries before, but had not seen missionaries for a long time.  We got to know her a
little bit and then told her a little bit about our message as missionaries. She lit up as we explained about through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can always "begin again" She shared with us how over the past couple years she has just felt "heavy" with guilt of
past experiences.  How more prepared could she be to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Another example of just how aware Papa God is of us.  He knows what timing is right for each of his children.  This experience also taught me that before a miracle like that we always have to meet opposition.  And when we meet opposition, we must not cower down.  We must straighten our shoulders, dust them off and move forward with faith.  There is not a thing in this world that can stop this work from moving forward.

I am grateful too much for the opportunity I have to be out here. I love my mission.  I am so happy.  I know I tell you that all the time, but I really am.  I love each one of you! I pray for all of you often! Keep your heads up and faith strong oltaem! Read the skripjas and prea every single day and you will see miracles in your life!
Have a good week!! :)

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