Monday, August 15, 2016

Miracles and Families

Miracles and families... miracles and families... temples and the priesthood... yay temples and the priesthood... yay yayy yayyy!!! That is a little song I made up all about the wonderfulness of this week!! It begins last Monday. We had the opportunity to go over to our mission president's house and have a conference call with Elder Donaldson who is head of the missionary department in Salt Lake. We discussed planning and the importance of families in the gospel. He also helped answer some questions we had about how to effectively find those who are prepared. It was awesome being able to learn from him. Sister Youngberg and I went home and made goals on how we were going to apply these new things we had learned, and the results were absolutely miraculous!!

Miracle #1: We had decided to go and talk with people at the park. It was crazy hot and so there weren't too many people there. The first guy we talked too wasn't very interested. Guy #2 however, decided to listen. He was fishing with chicken liver(yuck) but was open to hearing our message. He had opened up and and told us that it was the 1 year anniversary of his son passing away. We then taught him the message of the restoration with an emphasis on priesthood and families. We asked him what would it mean to him if he could know his family could be together forever. He said "I would be the richest man on earth, I wouldn't need any money at all!" We invited him to be baptized, which he accepted and to say the closing prayer. With a bit of hesitation, he said the most sincere, heartfelt prayer I have heard! Afterwards, we asked him how he felt, he said, "I'm usually a pretty happy guy, but I feel FANTASTIC!!!!'' We have an appointment to see him tonight!:)

Miracle #2: Sister Youngberg and I were tracting and this really nice, shiny black car drives by and pulls into the driveway across from us. We decide to go and talk with him. We taught him the Restoration and invited him to be baptized as well, he accepted and we set up an appointment to see him this week. We didn't think too much more about it. Then on Saturday we realized we hadn't invited him to church, so we shot him a text. He responded,"This may sound crazy, but I think we met for a reason the other day. I am open minded and interested in learning more. I haven't been to church in a really long time and so I am nervous to come this week."  We set up a church tour, which he came to and loved!!! We will be seeing him Tuesday!

Miracle #3: We were walking back to our car after trying to visit someone who wasn't home and we saw a lady playing in the grass with her baby on her front lawn. We gave each other "the look" and headed over to talk to her. She enthusiastically accepted our invitation to hear our message and about two minutes later her husband came and listened too!! Though they don't have too much of a religious background, they want to have that guarantee that they can be with their families forever. They both accepted the invitation to be baptized and said they were going to begin reading the Book of Mormon as as family that night!!! We will be seeing them Wednesday!!!!
Sooooo many wonderful opportunities this week to bring the hope of the gospel to soooo many families. Heavenly Father is preparing people to receive this message, not just here, but everywhere!!!:D
~ With Bunches of Love,
Sister Jordan

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