December 17, 2012
“ Were able to find more concerns of a PM family and were working really closely with the Bishop to help the Husband be worthy to Baptize his wife.”
“!!! The meeting/revelatory experience with Elder Nelson was so great! I realized that I didn't have any notes or idea about what Elder Hymas said, I only paid attention to thoughts from the Spirit.”
“ After that we had our baptism at 4:30 for Brittany. We had 10 investigators at the baptism it was incredible,” .
“ I loved the Elder Nelsons visit on Saturday. When he came, a flood of the spirit came into the room, testifying that he is an Apostle of the Lord. I know that he is. I got a lot out if it, one of my favorite parts though, was the song that your family sang. I have such a testimony of small and simple things. Last night, our friends we went to visit weren’t there, and we felt like we should knock on a few doors in the area. I realized that out of all the things the Lord could command me to do, (move mountains, ext) Knocking on a door is such a small and simple thing, but then I thought of the great things, and eternal changes that have happened in people’s lives because of a door that I knocked on, and I realized that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. I love the Lord and this work. I do not know a lot of things, but I do know that this work is true, and that Christ’s church has been restored to the earth.”
“ He is starting to understand more and more. Last night we taught him the Plan of Happiness and invited him to be baptized to cleanse his sins and enter the gate to eternal life. He accepted a baptismal date of January 5th!”
“ We set a Baptismal date last night with our neighbor Jerrylee!! For January 5th! He really want to change his life and he told us that every time that we talk to him and after we leave he just feels amazing.”
“We had a great week!! we had a baptism and 3 new investigators and some really powerful lessons!”
“This past week was amazing! Jeffrey was baptized and we were able to listen to an Apostle of the Lord! It doesn’t get much better than that! Jeffrey's baptism went really well. The spirit was so strong there and he said that he felt so good after being baptized! It is amazing to see what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is able to do and what is allows people to become!”
“ Last week I was filled with the Spirit. There were so many amazing experiences, blessings, and meetings that I was able to be a part of. ZLC was great! I learned so much! Being at the hospital with you and Sister Mckee was indescribable. The spirit was so strong. Thank you for your testimony and your faithfulness. So many spiritual eternal truths were renewed in that visit. There was a very special feeling that day. I know that Sister Mckee will be able to continue to progress. Sister Mckee and your family are constantly in my prayers.”
“This Saturday we had the baptism of Katie …. which went perfectly! There was a small group of members that came to the service, which was perfect for her,”
“This week has been a pretty good one. We taught a total of 29 lessons, set 2 baptism dates, had a baptism, were taught by an Apostle, and put up Christmas lights in our apartment. I say that's a pretty good week in my book.”
“Jeffrey's Baptism went over quite well. I wish there would have been more YSA there, but I think that all in all there were about 20-25 people. It was very well organized and the spirit was definitely there. Jeffrey is getting confirmed next Sunday at church, and has asked me to confirm him. That Is such a great blessing.”
“ I love this area and my companion. Second We had Five baptisms in our district this week! I got to do 4 baptismal interviews on the way home from Elder Nelson. Guadalupe was so ready for baptism it was so touching to see someone so excited and prepared to enter into the fold of God, the whole time she kept testifying she wants this for her family and she knows all the commandments are for her benefit.”
“We had a ward Christmas dinner on Friday evening, We were able to have 9 investigators present. A family of 5, the father of the family is a Church of Christ pastor. He later expressed that he felt very welcomed! He and his family got right into knowing the members of the Church and felt the love! The members there went out of there way to shake his hand and get to know him. It was really neat to see when the primary got up to sing to us, that Jason's (the Pastor) youngest child went up there with them and sang with them.”
“Carly …..is getting baptized on Friday!!!!!! I'm so excited!!! “
“We are planning on challenging the Johnson family to baptism this week!”
“This week was great!!! We were able to have a wonderful baptism here in Lebanon the members here were so excited”
” I will do what ever the lord and our heavenly father ask me to do and what ever you ask me to do president just as Nephi when he said "I will go and do the things the lord has commanded"
“ I would like to share with you an experience I had last night with Tony ….. The man we are teaching who lost a son to suicide recently. "we had a great experience with Tony …… tonight. We found out he has been reading the Book of Mormon and is enjoying it. When it was time to go I said a prayer for Tony and his family and the spirit was strong. It moved him to share his testimony of trusting Christ. I shared with him from the doctrine and covenants about Joseph Smith's prayer to God in Jail. How he felt that God had forsaken him. I told Tony of God's Response to that prayer, that those that endure suffering well will know true peace and joy. Tony pointed out that even prophets and good people have to suffer. I acknowledged his wisdom and shared a quote from Jeffrey R Holland about salvation not being a cheap experience. When we consider the incomprehensible pain Jesus felt it is no wonder it is not easy for someone to follow him. We will have to feel suffering as followers of Christ but it is his eternal promise that if we endure those sufferings well we will know peace and joy . Tony responded very positively to this and told me out of all the churches he has felt comfort from, the LDS church is the one that always seems to be there for him the most. I testified that our message is that we are Christ’s church and that He sends us out to find those who love Him and bring them to His fold. I told him that as servants of Christ we could feel of Christ’s love for Tony and his family. And because we follow a being who will always love him and be aware of him we will always be there to invite and comfort and share.”
“And here comes this lady, and she says, "can I just tell you how nice it is to see you young men out here doin' the Lord's work and looking so great in your white shirt and ties, the Holy spirit is just so strong around you two!" So we start talking to her and we were able to get all of her information so we could add her on facebook. We gave her two Book of Mormon's and our information.”
“ I love the gospel and this is the best mission ever! I will continue to live the gospel the rest of my life. …… I've become converted unto the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“ It was a great experience on Saturday to be able to shake a hand of an apostle and to be able to have him come to the mission and speak to us. I know that for me it was revelatory experience. I was able to write a lot in the margins.”
- “My companion and I knocked a door and 15-year-old Sam, a Catholic, answered. His family was not home so we did not go in, but he agreed to have us over the following evening (tonight) for a visit and a blessing on their home. We feel very good about this family. We also felt that we hadn't done enough to teach Sam the gospel. I told my companion "if I could do it over again, this is what I'd do...next time I see a young man I'm going to share the story of Helaman's stripling warriors with him. Not 30 seconds later we saw a young man, Teddy, walking down the street. Of course we told him about Helaman's stripling warriors! He was impressed by the story and agreed it would be important to have that kind of faith in today's world. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon. Teddy actually knows Sam and is also Catholic. We prayed with Teddy on the street and he agreed to have us over for another visit. He also agreed to read more about the stripling warriors in the Book of Mormon. This experience means so much to me because it taught me how willing God is to bless us with good things when we trust him. The prayer of our hearts was immediately answered, and we were given opportunity to immediately do the good we had already committed to do.
- Between Sunday School and priesthood meeting we were in the hall making phone calls, trying to get some of our friends to come to another ward's sacrament meeting. A man we had never seen walked in a set of doors nobody ever goes through. He told my companion that he has tried to visit the Church during the week but that it was always locked. He decided to come by Sunday. He requested more information about the Church and wanted to know when our meetings were. He was in a hurry and couldn't stay but agreed to have us over Tuesday for a visit. All my life I've heard stories about strangers walking into the Church. Now I finally have this story of my own to tell!
- Two other people we met the afternoon following Elder Nelson's visit told us they had been "church shopping" for years. One has never found a church in town he's comfortable with; the other is growing dissatisfied with his church because it focuses on entertaining the crowds instead of teaching the gospel. Both committed to meet with us and visit the Church!”
“but Saturday afternoon and Sunday were loaded with giant miracles!!! We taught 15 lessons and found 5 new investigators in those two days! It seemed like EVERYBODY we talked to in those two days was prepared for the gospel. We ran into several people who had been searching for a church for a long time and hadn't been able to find one that "gave them the message" and we just happened to knock on their door or be in their neighborhood at just the right moment.... coincidence, I think not! I am so excited to continue to progress and to better myself.” .
“ we are still on track for macey and her sister being baptized.”