Hey everybody! This week was a great week! The Lord just poured out his blessing upon us! Here's the scoop:
So we have been struggling just finding investigators that are "golden" which is the term for those people who have been prepared to just receive his gospel. In the scriptures they are referred to as the "elect". As Christ said in Doctrine and Covenants 29:7, "And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear mine voice and harden not their hearts." We find many that are being prepared but are not yet "white already to harvest". We know that they are out their but we have been having a hard time finding them. After much praying, diligence, and even fasting we have finally found one! But it is not enough. There are many more out their and we feel that we must work harder. Anyway, I will tell you a little about this elect. Her name is Mimi and she has made friends with members. A claimed Lutherin she has felt like she was lost and that her connection with God slowly dissapaited when she moved away from the church she normally attends. Her parent being of the Jewish faith and Protestant helped little as she tried to find a church nearby to attend. Her husband, who is athiest, suggested she try out the mormon church because he liked the mormons he once met at a lds social they were invited to. So she decided to try it out. After attending church three times and feeling the spirit more than she had ever felt in her life she decided she wanted to take the missionary lessons. After teaching her the restoration she began to cry! She said she had no idea what was going on. She's never emotional like that. We asked her how she was feeling and she explained that at the time she heard about the joseph Smith seeing God the Father and Jesus Christ in answer to his prayer she felt enlightened. Like her mind began to open up and understanding started to come. She felt an overwhelming feeling of Love from our father and felt that it was true. We invited her to be baptized at the end of the month and without hesistation she accepted. She is so awesome! She does have a lot of opposition in her life but her faith in God is so strong. Her only will and desire is to follow our saviour and she has recognized the spirit testify to her of the truthfulness of the restored gospel! I love these wonderful experiences. How can you ever doubt that these things arent true! We experience moments like these everyday of our lives as members of Christ's church, being priviledged to have the gift of the Spirit to be with us ALWAYS. There truly are many "elect" out there and are just looking for the way back home. We have the map, the tools to get back home. Shall we not share it with them! Go out and find them. We are called to bring to pass the gathering of His elect. As we talked with those around us and those that we love about the simple restored truths of the gospel those that are elect shall hear his voice. Then we invite them to make the next step, MEET THE MISSIONARIES! Or whatever the spirit may direct. Then we shall feel as Ammon in Alma 26, and rejoice in helping our beloved brethren and sisters come out of the darkness of the world into the light of our saviour! Then shall we feel the joy that comes with bringing those unto Christ, to enjoy eternal life with them in the Celestial Kingdom.
Many other great things have happened this week in which I don't have time to tell but I will have to share more when I get home. I don't have my information yet as to the when's and where's and things like that. But I don't mind not getting it at all. I wish I could have an extention for another 50 years! haha. But there will still be more work to do even as a lifetime missionary! The mission is great. There is no way that I am trunky. I have had a couple of panic attacks lately, waking up in the middle of the nite with the realization that I only have two months left. That is still a while but in retrospect it's seems to be just a second. I love my mission. I'm doing fine! In the maryland baltimore mission we don't get trunky! We baptize! I love you all and hope you are doing fine! keep your faith up! Keep it strong! Study a faith scripture everyday if you need to! And you will see miracles happen. I know this! I've seen it! My faith is nothing compared to ammon, nephi, the brother of jared, or moses. But with the small faith that I do have the Lord has blessed me to see miracles! He will bless you too. I love you and will talk to you all laters!