Date

June 10, 2018

Area

Novosibirsk

Companion

Elder Creer

The Power of Prayer!!

On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 8:35 PM, Lawrence Gavin wrote: Hey all!!! This week has been incredible!!!
Rather than give an excuse for this email likely being short, I'll just admit that the longer I'm on my mission the harder it is to write letters. Probably an effect of working harder during the week and being consequentially more lazy on P-day. Ironic since I feel like there's more amazing stuff to write about now than ever. Sorry not sorry :)
The biggest highlight of this week: We met with Nikolai, Dima, and Katya and taught the word of wisdom and law of chastity. It went incredibly! Like literally better than I've ever had that lesson go. I felt like we were getting help the whole time, and they were so accepting and ready! The best part was when we brought up baptism at the end of the lesson, and they essentially gave themselves a date!! They told us that they'd been thinking about it, and were hoping they could be baptized at the beginning of July, so that Elder Creer and I could both come. It was crazy!!!!! Lo and behold, I got on my email today and read that apparently my family has been praying for them by name this whole week! I'm using a ton of exclamation points, oops. But really, the effect of prayer is so real and sometimes, like this, ridiculously fast-acting. A huge miracle!
The second big miracle was with a less-active member named Ismail from Africa. We had an amazing meeting with him last Monday at the Heiselbetz's house (the office couple here) after which we invited him (Elder Heiselbetz's idea) to come and teach the lesson in gospel principles on Sunday. He hasn't been to church in almost 4 months now after being offended, so it was a bit of a stretch. But we felt like it was the right thing to do, so we asked. He came!!!! It was amazing, he led the lesson incredibly and was super excited to be back at church. Such a miracle!!
That's all I have time for, sorry! Love you all!!
Elder Lawrence
Pictures are self-explanatory, I hope. Maybe not




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