Family! January 6, 2014
I really have gotten bad at writing down all the miracles that happen every week. When it comes time to tell you about them, I can't remember! ah! Scold me all you want.... I promise to be better! haha
To be honest, this past week was probably the hardest week I have had here in New Smyrna Beach. We had a lot of really promising lessons scheduled and our week looked to good... but almost EVERYTHING fell through. It was so crazy! I don't think I have ever had anything that extreme happen to me since I've been out on the mission. It's all okay though! We are looking forward with faith that the Lord has something great in store. You always have to remind yourself that when the times get rough, it's because the Lord sees that you are capable of being tested so that you can grow and be prepared for the next major blessings that are awaiting us. So just remember, when life gets hard, push through with a smile on your face knowing that it's only for a little while and there is something great awaiting you :)
We focused a lot more on member missionary work this week. We saw a lot of blessings come as we helped them feel the spirit and supported them in the missionary work they want to do! One of my favorite families in the ward just moved back to Arizona (bittersweet) but there was a great miracle that came from that! They had been sharing the gospel a little with their next door neighbor and they gave us permission to go over and try and talk to her. We went over the next day, told her who we were, what we do and asked if she would be interested to learn more. She said, “no,” but said that she would definitely read the pamphlets that we gave her. Later, we got a call from the member family saying that right before they left their old home, they went over and gave her a Book of Mormon not knowing that we had gone over that quick! Apparently she began to cry as they told her about how much she meant to them and how much the gospel would bless her. I guess she still isn't to the point of meeting missionaries.... but wow! What a miracle! I truly believe that the Lord's plan is so perfect. We were probably there to help prepare her for the member talking to her. Back when I was serving here with Sister Pitts we had a great lesson with this family. We felt the spirit very strong as we shared D&C 100: 3-8. They had only lived here in Florida for 6 months and had been kind of questioning why they were supposed to even come to Florida. As we read those scriptures, they were very moved as they realized that their main purpose was missionary work. It was so cool to see that come to pass as they left! When members reach out to people, the people are so much more prepared and closer to receiving the gospel. If it is extended of love, they will not take it offensively but feel how much you care for them. Never be afraid! Miracles will happen!! :)
This past week I think I've just learned the importance of patience in God's will and enduring. With the right attitude and faith... it can still all be seen as fun work! :) Finding is obviously not the best part of missionary work… but it's also exciting to know who the Lord is going to lead us to next that is prepared.
Thanks for all that you guys do. I sure love you!!! Stay close to the Lord. Pour your hearts out to Him and continue to learn more about Him and His gospel. The mysteries of God truly are opened up unto you as your read, prayer and act in faith.
I love you guys!!! :)