First thought: The Lord loves us soo much!! It still blows my mind when I really sit down and think about it and also how He intimately knows each and every one of us. I know as members of the church we hear that a lot and kind of take that knowledge for granted.. but if we really sit and ponder on that concept, it blows.your.mind. Also, we all have a very specific and important role in this work! With the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, that is a sign to all that He has started the gathering of the tribes of Israel just as He promised Abraham, and we get to be in the middle of it! This is HUGE. Like most important thing in the history of the world huge. And we can either jump aboard and do all we can to contribute, or we can "sleep through the restoration" as we heard in the Conference session in May. I for one, know that I do not want to be caught sleeping when the Savior comes again!
Alright, now that I got that off my chest...:)
Miracles of the week:
We met a guy named Don at the car wash last week..(and quite frankly I thought he was only interested in us because he thought we were good looking..at least that's what his eyes and body language was telling us..haha) but as we talked with him a little he said he had been wanting to find a church lately and would totally love to come to ours. We took down his number and gave him ours. Later in the week we felt impressed to call him, and believe it or not he answered and wanted us to come by for a lesson! We brought a ward member with us and went to his place. He was home waiting for us and invited us in. We taught him about the restoration of the gospel, about Jesus Christ and what He means to us and about the Book of Mormon. He was so excited and said he would read and pray about it tonight. Low and behold, he came to church and loved it and even shared his experience in Sunday School (we were teaching about member missionary work). He said he had prayed that morning for God to give him a sign or lead him to a church, and later that night is when he met us. He said he knew right away when he saw the name tags and, well, what I hope at the time was a happy smiling face, that we were his sign and that he needed to come to our church. It was amazing!! I felt quite guilty for thinking he just wanted to flirt and learned yet again: the Lord works in mysterious ways :)
So we taught Edward again and I stinking love that kid. Ahh he is so cool! We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and at the end he kept saying how much he wanted to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Celestial kingdom and that he would do anything to get there. My heart wanted to explode.. seriously. Explode. He said he wants to feel like him and God are totally good and we talked with him about the importance of baptism and how it WILL make him perfect in the sight of the Lord. He was so shocked but so excited about this and expressed concern about not being able to forgive himself. It got me thinking that that is one of the hardest things for us here on earth. We know that Jesus Christ has suffered the ultimate sacrifice for us and that we can be made clean through Him if we repent, but when the time comes to forgive ourselves, we don't really remember this part and we tend to be hard on ourselves. This is ok as long as it keeps us from doing the sins again.. but it isn't good if we stop ourselves from progressing when we remember past things and guilt that we have. Just a thought. Forgive yourselves and forgive others!! Mosiah 26:29-31
Also, some other missionaries and I put on a musical fireside called "Because of Him" this Sunday that testified about Jesus Christ. Music is definitely one of the ways I am able to feel the spirit most strongly! It was so much fun and so cool to see the whole chapel be filled with people eager to feel the spirit and learn more about our Savior. It was awesome :) Also, after the mish me and a couple other missionaries are planning on starting a band.. it's gonna happen, so feel free to send me some band name ideas.. that's always the toughest part.
Last thought: The best mission president in the world, President Neider, and his sweet sweet wife are going home this week. Sister Neider's cancer has returned and she needs to go home for treatments. Please please pray for her!! She is one of the most Christlike women I have ever met. Her last day with us, she told us that if the Lord thought that she could do more missionary work for him on the other side of the veil, then she would go willingly to do His will. What an inspiration to us all. Remember, the Lord's way is the only way!
Love you all and have an amazing week.
pics: the future band.