The week of a MILLION miracles!
Wow we have seen SO MANY miracles this week! I don't want to overwhelm y'all, but I am going to share as many as I can!
This week I went on exchanges with the one and only Sister Frehner and we saw the coolest miracle! I love Sister Frehner, she is so real, and it's so fun to be a missionary with her because she tells you how it is! Anyway, we worked so hard all day and didn't find anyone! But, at the very end of the night, like 8:30 pm, our hard work paid off and this is what happened! We went to see a potential who wasn't home and as we were leaving I felt prompted to turn around and go talk to a lady outside on her back porch. Sister Frehner was willing and ready, so we went where the spirit directed. We ended up talking to this sweet lady for about 30 minutes, sharing the Restoration, and committing her to read and pray. She listened so intently to our message and with great conviction in her voice said, "I know that God sent you here." We were able to testify of the feelings of the spirit and how we were prompted to return even though we were leaving. She was so grateful that we came back and even ended up saying the closing prayer to our meeting. Her name was Jodi. Well just two days later Sister Neuberger and I returned to her home to see her and she excitedly told us that she had read the introduction page, all of the testimonies, and the first chapter of the Book of Mormon. She said that after she read she prayed harder than she ever had in her life and that the next morning her daughter called her and shared with her an incredible miracle wrought in her life by God, and that miracle had happened the same night that she had prayed! Jodi was ecstatic as she recognized that that was an answer to her prayer! She went on to describe the feelings she felt as she read and prayed and we were able to help her see that that was the spirit. It's so incredible to see how Heavenly Father puts us in the path of those that are prepared if we are willing and we are ready! I know that as we work hard we are blessed.
Also this week we had the best plans for Monday night...a church tour, and a lesson with a stellar investigator. Well all of it fell through, so naturally we jumped on our bikes and went finding! We were biking down this street next to a Burger King around 7:30 pm and Sister Neuberger all of the sudden slammed on her brakes right in front of me. Well me and all of my coordinated limbs almost went flying over the handlebars, but I managed to screech to a halt and ask her what the heck was up. She was kinda giggling and she pointed to this guy in the Burger Kind parking lot. "He's rapping!" She said. And he was, full on rapping, in the parking lot! SO...I decided we should talk to him. Well let me tell you! He was probably the most prepared homie I have EVER met. We went inside Burger King and taught him a 45 minute lesson and he ate it up. He pulled out his notebook, took notes, and asked the best questions. He recognized that he was in his own personal apostasy and kept asking what he needed to do to get out of it. It was incredible! His name is Will and he is honestly one of the coolest guys I have ever met. A little tough on the outside, actually kindof terrifying, but a big teddy bear on the inside! We had to pass him off to the YSA elders to teach him because he is YSA aged :( But seriously what a miracle! I know that when we talk to everyone Heavenly Father trusts us and He puts those that are prepared in our way.
And also! Renee and her daughters came to church again yesterday and Renee is progressing so well! She is reading the Book of Mormon almost every day, praying to know if it is true, and finally opening up to us. She keeps recognizing more and more instances in her present day life and past life where the spirit has spoken to her and she has such a desire to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We are overcoming some major hurdles right now, but she is set to be baptized the 29th of July. So keep her in your prayers!
And this week our investigator Jimmy came to church and LOVED it. He stayed all three hours and showed up in this HUGE baby blue suit and cowboy boots. Haha it was awesome. The ward loved him!
Oh and we had this incredible lesson with our investigator Josephine and the spirit was so powerful. We committed her to pray right then and there and ask Heavenly Father a question, then to flip open the Book of Mormon and read and find an answer. Heavenly Father answers prayers! I know He does. The Book of Mormon was speaking directly to Jojo and she felt it. I have never done anything like that before, so it was a leap of faith on all of our parts, but I know that miracles are wrought by faith!
As we were rolling up to Renee's house the other day Bird and Blessen came running down the sidewalk yelling "Dem white people are here! Dem white people are here!" Haha it was so funny. I have no doubt that all of the neighborhood heard, and I am not even mad. At least we are well known!
Also please enjoy the attached pictures because apparently I cannot be normal to save my life! I swear Mom...I try!!!
This week I was reading 2 Nephi 25 and verse 26 stood out to me. It's a verse that I have read a lot, but a specific phrase stuck out in my mind as I pondered upon it this time. "And we TALK of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." I don't think we realize how sancitfying and redeeming it is for us and for those around us to simply talk of Christ. I know that before my mission Jesus Christ was not in my every day conversation, but I have promised that from here on out He will be. I am so grateful for the time I have had on my mission to simply talk of Christ, to come to know Him, and to come to know others through Him. I am so grateful for the conversations I have had with my family about Jesus Christ, about His gospel, and about His light. I know that those are conversations I treasure and I pray that there will be many more of them to come.
I challenge all of you this week to talk of Christ, every chance you can. Make him a part of every day, and you will be blessed!
I love you all! SO MUCH!