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Monday, June 9, 2014

"Dude, why didn't you tell me?"‏


Ok I'll stop commenting about how fast the weeks go because they're getting faster every week.. so yeah. Just know that time on the mission is NOT. REAL it's nutso. 

This week has been awesome as usual!  We've seen little miracles seriously every day. I know that Heavenly Father is real and really does guide us to the people who are ready to learn. We found a bunch of new people this week and it has been quite the learning experience for me (as is everyday). We met a guy named Cody who is seriously the most interesting person I've every met. He's a monk (he used a certain name to describe what kind of monk but I don't remember). As we got to know him a little bit we learned that he can create weapons with his mind, that he can cast spells, and that Joseph Smith was his uncle in his past life (said that he's a really nice guy, but a terrible cook). He also knows how to astroproject.. and has been to Adam-ondi-Ahman in spirit..but he doesn't recommend it..he's been in person once and said it's much more enjoyable. Alright! Like I said, quite interesting.. but he is sincerely seeking out the true religion and wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. He came to church and a "Why I Believe" fireside last night and loved them both! I have a feeling I won't be bored when teaching him! He's pretty awesome to say the least.

We've also started teaching a guy named Corey. Now this is a complete miracle :) We were walking in an apartment complex and we offered to help him carry his groceries in. 9 times out of 10 people say they're good and don't need help.. but he actually accepted! Whoop woop. We brought up the groceries then asked if we could come back in 20 mins to share a message about Christ and leave a prayer in his home (we had to go meet a member to come teach with us in that same complex). He was so grateful for our help and said we could! Turns out.. our member (Emmanuel) who wanted to come teach with us actually knew him from middle school! Miracle! They talked for a bit and we had a good lesson about how we are all children of God and He loves us more then we can comprehend. He's always thought that God was just a big ball of energy, but he is pretty open to learning different things. He is excited to read the Book of Mormon and receive that guidance in his life!

We've also had the opportunity to teach a Muslim family a couple times.. that was super cool! There was such a feeling of peace and love in the room as we talked about our beliefs and how they helped us become the best people we can. We focused on our similarities and how we were all trying to become better people and learn to love and serve others more. It helped me realize what the main point of religion was and how if we all did our best to learn with an open heart about others and how we can all help each other, the world would be a happier place. Obviously we have conflicting beliefs that could've caused a lot of contention should we choose to go into those differences, but we thought about what Christ would say and do, and that was to show love and kindness and understanding.. which may eventually cause them to want to learn more :) They asked for a Book of Mormon in Arabic so we are excited to have them read it and see what they think! They also prayed for us in Arabic and it was kkkrazy. Super cool! 

We had another miracle on Sunday with our investigator Randy. He had been having some doubts and felt like he wasn't really sure anymore if he wanted to be baptized (Satan was really working on him) but we just encouraged him to turn to the Book of Mormon and to continue to pray about it. I felt prompted to invite him right then and there to flip open to a random chapter in the Book of Mormon and start reading to see if it would help him. He agreed (though a little skeptically) and flipped open to Alma 32:21-22. "And now as I said concerning faith-faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen which are true. And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that e should believe, yea, even on his word." Ummmmm.. are you kidding me?? It was seriously the most perfect verse he could turn to. He had been having a hard time feeling like he didn't know everything and wasn't sure if God was really there for him at this time..yeah..He's there and He answers prayers!! The spirit was so strong as he read that verse with amazement I could've cried. 

And last miracle.. we have been trying to teach 3 Samoan boys for the past month but they are always in and out when we come and the dad ends up just sitting down and talking with us. However, we finally got to sit down and have a lesson with Edward and taught him about the restoration of the gospel and where the Book of Mormon came from. His brother Rick had been really excited about it a few weeks ago, but then seemed to get a little scared away for some reason.. anyways, Edward was soaking it up and felt the spirit so strong! He had to go back in his room to grab his Book of Mormon and I heard him say to his brother who was probably hiding from us.. "Dude, why didn't you tell me about this!?"  I about lost it...He came back in and said he wanted to be baptized and to come to church. He showed up to church and loved it! It got me thinking....is that what our friends and neighbors who don't know about the restored gospel are going to say to us when we get in heaven? Just a thought.. :)

Well I'm out of time! Have an amazing week! and favorite scripture for the week: D&C 50:40-44

Sister Kraus

The pic is of exchanges this week! This sister is the bom.com.

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