This week was a week of personal stretching and lots of praying. That talk I read by President Eyring "Priesthood and Personal Prayer" has really stuck with me and I know God has heard my prayers. If we ask in Faith He will show us miracles that we have asked for.
However, our faith, and His willingness to answer our prayers doesn't always mean the miracles we asked for will happen. We visited Sara and Angel several times this week, but Sara hasn't really been keeping commitments or around that often. But that was okay, because she still could make a come back and be ready in time for her baptism. But then we visited them to plan out a ride for them to get to church the next day...and they said they weren't going to go. D: I still have a great hope that they will get baptized soon, but not as soon as we had hoped before. God knows them perfectly and the things they need in order to progress towards baptism, I just hope I can be an effective instrument in His hands this week to get them back on the path towards baptism.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them...unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord,power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren,again unto thee.
That agency though.
I really am grateful for the opportunity to choose. It is such an important part of our progress as children of our Heavenly Father. But dang. Sometimes I wish people would just make the right decisions all the time.
We went to President Hiers departing testimony this week. He and his wife are spiritual giants. I am so glad I had the chance to know them and learn from them. One thing that really impressed me about what they said was that they aren't ending their mission, they are just starting another transfer in a different part of the Lord's vineyard. I love this mentality. This life is the time to prepare to meet God, and the best way to do that is to serve Him. This period in the history of the world is of GREAT importance. We are children of the Most High God, and we have the potential to do great things for Him and His work. We just need to choose to do it!
We are already in the time of the Second Coming. It began that morning in 1820 when God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, and will continue until Jesus Christ again comes to the earth to receive the Church again as His own. I mean, well it IS His, but He will be here personally to run it.
So transfers were today, and Sister Ferguson is leaving Montevista, and 3 other sisters are coming in. So that should be fun. This week we went and visited members who have helped us out a lot these two transfers during lunch. That and other things that have happened have really filled my heart with gratitude towards my Heavenly Father for the past 3 months here with Sister Ferguson. We've seen some hard days and some really great days, and sometimes, well, probably most of the time, they were the same day in one xD
" ye are eternally indebted to your heavenly Father, to render to him all that you have and are"
I don't know what else to write about today.
We found some new investigators this week! One man has seen his children get baptized, and then his wife, and now he is seriously interested in finding out what has caused them to change and find more happiness in this life. We had an awesome lesson where his wife bore her testimony of Joseph Smith and how grateful she is for the knowledge she has of a living prophet. It is a source of great joy and comfort to know that God continues to speak to His children and leads us today through a living prophet. Another guy told us at first that he doesn't believe it is important to go to church, or to be a part of any church. We asked him what he believed about Jesus Christ, and WOW, he bore a powerful testimony of our Savior. The spirit was very strong. We taught him about how Jesus Christ established a Church during His mortal ministry here on earth, and testified that that same church is again on the earth. He was receptive to the spirit there and we have an appointment with him tonight! He told us a specific *day* AND *time* that never happens! So we're excited about that.
We made churros this week with a lady and the elders in our district. And yesterday I went exploring in the mountains with two of the sisters who are coming into the ward tomorrow. They were looking for some potential investigators who work as sheep herders on this ranch in the mountains. Crazy beautiful. And also crazy impossible to find anyone. We did find some trailers behind a fence that we jumped (they needed the gospel and we weren't going to let a fence stand between them and eternal life) and found no one, but we did find that they had taped a sandwich (who knows when though) to their door. It was pretty interesting. We found one of the guys with the help of a man (who came around the corner right after we prayed for some direction!) and he is from Peru and lives out there herding sheep with one other guy for three years. Wow. What a life. But he is so excited about the gospel. he is alone out there a lot, but he feels the love Heavenly Father has for him because He sent the missionaries out there to find him and is beginning to develop a testimony and can see that as he does he is taking steps to be closer to Christ. Who then helps him to feel closer to God.
The gospel changes people. When you feel you are at a dead end and there is no one around, or that you can't do anything else, that you're reached a point where you can't stretch or progress or change any more, you will find the love of our Savior. And He will open up doors you haven't been able to see before.
25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world.
And that's all the time i've got today. But I love you all!