Monday, August 8, 2016
MIRACLES in the storm
I would like to share a most wonderful miracle from this week. Here is a little bit of background...so Sister Youngberg and I have been trying for the past couple of week to find people who are prepared, ready, and searching for the gospel, and we have not found one yet. But we keep on going, talking to everyone, sharing our testimonies, searching. This week was the mission leadership council where we council together with the mission president on how we can work better and more effectively. So what we came up with was a mission wide finding activity. All of the missionaries in our mission(90 companionships) would all go out on Thursday night from 6-9 and focus solely on finding. Now, to be honest, I was a bit nervous about this finding activity, three hours only finding??? I was scared that we would not be able to find anyone, given our past experiences. As I tried to prepare myself for this activity, I was reminded of a story in the Bible, in Mark chapter 9. In summary, there was a man with a very sick child, he brought his child to the disciples to be healed. Sadly nothing they did worked, the man's son was still sick. Christ comes and asks the man, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." The man responds, "Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief." Me like this man, believed that through God, all things are possible, however, I still had unbelief. I was hesitant to put my trust in the Lord especially because in the past, things did not turn out the way I expected. But I prayed for strength and for this experience to be faith building and wonderful, whether or not I saw any miracles.
Thursday came, and we had a conference call to set some goals: Teach the message of the Restoration 3 times, hand out 2 copies of the Book of Mormon and invite 1 person to be baptized. These were some good goals, they would stretch us, but were also achievable. We are getting ready to leave our apartment, and the tornado siren goes off!! We call our mission president and he tells us the tornado is not close to us, and to just be on the look out. So, out we went, so pumped and ready, surprisingly, not even scared. The rain was pouring down, but Sister Youngberg and I were laughing! Laughing because out of all of the days that this could happen, it happens exactly when we as a mission decide to do this huge finding activity. Stupid Satan was trying to stop us, and that was not going to happen! With renewed courage and determination we went to find those prepared people!! By the end of the night, we were soaked, like literally it was as if we had taken a 15 minute shower with our clothes on, haha! But, oh, so many miracles. Not only were we able to find people to teach, we exceeded our goals! We taught the message of the Restoration 6 times, handed out 6 copies of the Book of Mormon, and invited 7 people to be baptized, 4 of which accepted a firm date. And that is not all! The next morning we had a follow up conference call to share some of the amazing miracles we had experienced as a mission, and there were many!! All together, we taught the message of the Restoration 308 times, Shared 281 copies of the Book of Mormon, and set 109 people for baptism!!!!!!
This gospel is rolling forth to fill the nations and I can testify that "no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, the truth of God will go forth boldly and nobly!"
~ With Bunches of Love,
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