Family and Friends!
This week has been full of tender mercies and faith building experiences.
First of all I want to testify that doing your visting and home teaching is so essential to the Work of Salvation! We have had the blessing to begin making contact with a number of less-actives from our ward that the missionaries hadn't visited in many years. The most amazing thing to me is that these families that we met with were being visited by home and visiting teachers consistantly and they had a love for the Church. Various circumstances have led them to falling away, but they still love the Church and the Book of Mormon. They feel loved and cared about by the ward and are more receptive to the missionaries because of it.
Second of all, I have the best announcement a missionary wants to make! We are having a baptism on Saturday November 30 for Donna! Donna is one of the best investigators that I have worked with (aren't they all). Her son and daughter-in-law are members of the Chruch. Donna has investigated the Church on and off before, but she really feels like this is the right thing for her to do. We have had like three really awesome lessons with her the past week and a half. The Spirit is always so strong with her. She has an awesome testimony and just lights up when she talks to us. She actually taught us lesson three! We gave her the Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet and she studied it and taught us, it was really cool. She also came to the Super Saturday that the Relief Society did and she made some friends! She actually started talking to members without us! She never misses coming to Church and she absolutely belives that it is true and this is the decision that God wants her to make!
One of the most special moments of this week was a thing that we started with the Williams family. Amy, Brittany, and Heather are less-active members of the Church. Amy has breast cancer and recently found out that her chemo stopped working. They have been going through a lot and really struggle. We started stopping by every night on our way home to have family prayer with them. They say that they can feel a difference in their home and their interactions with eachother when they pray as a family. They called us and asked if we could help them find a ride to church because they don't have a car. Their hometeacher gladly dropped by and picked them up. Brittany's boyfriend, Joey, even came and stayed for the whole three hours. It is really cool to watch the Gospel of Jesus Christ change the lives of those around us!
I cannot be more thankful for the area that I am in right now. We are so busy and have so many things to do each day, we hardly have time to breath! It is such a blast! I am learning to balance more than one lesson a day which is helping me prepare for Brazil. The one shout out that I have to make is that Sister Cohen and Heavenly Father have been working on this area for nearly nine months. Yes, Sister Cohen has been here for half of her mission. But, her hard work and her faith have brought this area to this busy point. There are many places that hard work and many prayers have to be said before much can be done. So when we let our faith help us endure, miracles WILL happen and God will be with you every step of the way!
I will not doubt, I will not fear;
God's love and strength are always near
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind.
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility.
His Spirit guides; his love assures
That fear departs when faith endures.
So Jeff that I told you guys about a couple of weeks ago is getting baptized this Saturday at 2 in Logan! The address is 565E 100S Logan, Utah. It would mean more than the world if at least Bethany and Ken could make it! Jeff is an awesome guy and the lesson that we taught him was one of the biggest highlights of my mission thus far! Please let anyone else that you know know, I want his baptism to be well attended!
Remember the Lord Loves You and the Church is TRUE!