Monday, September 14, 2015
This past week has been filled with some of the sweetest experiences of my whole mission.
On Monday night, we went over to Methu's for FHE with a bunch of other YSA's. Sister Parker and I were put in charge of the spiritual thought, and we decided to talk about the Holy Ghost. We asked one of the YSA's to read a scripture in Alma that talks about the "veil of darkness" being removed through the power of the spirit and about 1/4 of the way through, she burst into tears and couldn't finish the verse. After the lesson, Methu asked her what she was feeling and she said, "I really just felt like that verse was meant for me. It's obvious that you sisters are called of God. That was exactly what I needed--thank you."
One of the greatest moments of my life. It was one of the first times I'd really known that the Lord was literally speaking through me in order to talk to one of His children. It doesn't get better than that!! That's what I thought walking out of that appointment on Monday night, at least. Come to find out yesterday at church, that girl has been less active for quite some time. Even more incredible, she (and the rest of that group) weren't even supposed to be there!! Methu had originally invited another group of friends, but none of them could come...so he threw something else together last minute and ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom MIRACLE. Gosh I love this work (:
After that lesson, we went home to plan for the next day. We planned on going by a potential after a lesson at noon, but for some reason, that just didn't feel right so we decided to go by a couple less actives, instead...which was definitely heaven-inspired.
We knocked on Sister Küppers door and received a warm welcome from the lady who answered it. She immediately let us in and shouted to an old woman sitting at a table "the sister missionaries are here!" She pulled chairs over and the four of us just sat there talking for about 20 minutes. We came to find out that the old lady was the member of our ward, and the one who greeted us at the door was her daughter who had come down from Barcelona for the week to visit. During our spiritual thought, Sister Parker and I had a prompting to ask her straight up if she was active, to which she replied that she was not. "I've simply gotten lazy," she said. "I'm living with a man I'm not married to, he drinks and smokes and the church is an hour away so, no." We asked her if the missionaries ever come around and she said no and that they live on a mountain and the missionaries don't have cars, so visits from them don't happen too often.
Isn't it amazing what great lengths the Lord will go to for his children?! Like sending them from SPAIN to Germany in order to have a little contact with the church. I knew it was no coincidence that we met her. After talking for a little bit, it was obvious that she still knows the church is true. She knows she's not living in accordance to the commandments of God. She knows she'd be happier if she returned to activity, she simply doesn't have the motivation to make the necessary changes.
I don't remember everything I said to her, but I know it was definitely through the spirit because I had never been so bold with someone before! Sister Parker was laying it down, too! And because everything we were saying was coming from the Lord, she wasn't offended or irritated or anything!! Ughhhh she has so much potential!!! I pray she takes what we said to heart and starts making those necessary changes.
On Saturday, we went over to begin Holy's (Naomi's 8-year-old son) new convert lessons and decided to talk about the restoration. We went through all the points, and then turned on the restoration video for him when we got to the part about Joseph Smith. He and his little sister sat quietly throughout the whole movie, and then when it got to the first vision, the two of them freaked out!
"JOSEPH SMITH SAW GOD!"
"GOD JUST SAID HIS NAME! HE KNEW JOSEPH’S NAME!"
I was literally choking back tears as they went on for another three minutes thinking:
“This is seriously one of the single most EXCITING things that has EVER happened in the history of the world...why don't we ALL get that pumped?! Why aren't we jumping out of our seats like little Holy & scream, "JOSEPH SMITH SAW GOD"?”
Because we should!
We SHOULD be beyond stoked to share this message with others! It IS something worth getting all riled up about! When we went to pick their family up for church the next day, they were STILL going on about it. I'm so grateful for those two little kids...who woulda thought a 6 year old girl and an 8 year old boy would teach me so much about being a better missionary?!(:
And now...for one of the most exciting pieces of news I've EVER written home about...
SISTER JOHNSON GOT CALLED TO BE MY NEW COMPANION.
THE SISTER JOHNSON.
SISTER BEGGED-THE-LORD-IN-THE-MTC-TO-BLESS-ME-WITH-HER-AS-A-COMPANION-IF-I-STRIVED-TO-BE-THE-BEST-MISSIONARY-I-COULD-POSSIBLY-BE JOHNSON.
IVE BEEN A GIDDY MESS FOR THE LAST 3 DAYS STRAIGHT.
DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE
THE LORD ANSWERS PRAYERS
THE SPIRIT ROCKS
JOSEPH SMITH SAW GOD
Hahaha now if y’all will excuse me, I'm going to go continue having the time of my life.
PS despite all the really incredible highs this past week, Sister Parker and I had our fair share of lows, too. Send some extra prayers our way, would ya?!(: