Hey everyone! This week was absolutely stellar over here in Cherokee.
So in the TKM, we have a Plan that we live out to accomplish our goal of 450 baptisms for 2020 and we try to find at least 7 new people a week, which here in the South is a lot for a week. At the start of the week we prayed to know how many we could find this week and I got an astronomical number but decided to go for it. We decided to try and find 15 people this week, to try and "raise the bar" a little. By Friday, we had found 2 people...great. I remember thinking that morning, there's no way we can achieve our goal. It was 4 p.m. on Friday, and we had found 2 people so far. Elder Ludlow and I were feeling a little drained and down, and then I got a feeling to be more optimistic and that we could find those people we set out to find. 2 hours rolled away, still nothing. We started walking on the road back to the car, and we got a prompting to push it a little harder for 1 more hour. We found 10 people in that hour. I sat with amazement when we got back to the car. What was even better is we ran into 3 families...which when in the South, a functioning family unit probably already goes to a Christian church so it was amazing that they even let us in. I remember the last door we knocked, this family opened up and we walked right into their home and shared the message of the Restoration with them. One of the children in that family, Axel, is 8, and he looks almost exactly like my youngest brother Easton. Strawberry blonde hair, the same facial expressions. During the lesson I couldn't help but feel he was a familiar spirit and that this family was prepared to hear our message.
At the start of this past week, I felt like our efforts were inadequate for the number that the Lord had set for us. By the end of the week, we found 18 people - even more than our original goal.
It just so happens that I read in the New Testament this week where the 5000 are fed.
Please read this.
34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
(how many times do we feel like we're in a "desert place" in our mission or in our life?)
36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
(Obviously not enough food for 5000 people. Sometimes we may feel our efforts are scarce like the disciples felt the food was for the multitude)
39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
42 And they did all eat, and were filled.
43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
have a testimony that when we put forth our best effort, God multiplies our efforts to bring about his great work. I know not every week is going to great like this one was, but I learned a valuable lesson for life about the Savior and what he does with our efforts. I hope you were able to see the point I'm trying to make, I know I'm not always the best at conveying my thoughts haha.
I love you all! You guys are amazing and go out and put this to the test. See if the Lord will multiply your efforts like he did with the loaves and fishes. I promise that He does so in our lives, because He knows how to bring about His work. Life is good!