April 24, 2017
"For after much tribulation come the blessings"
This past week more than made up for the previous weeks. Don't get me wrong, the first few weeks of the transfer were great and a lot of amazing things happened. We were just struggling to find people to teach for some reason. But this past week we found as many new investigators as we had the first 3 weeks combined.
Monday: Not so much a tender mercy as a huge accomplishment. I GOT FULLY CAUGHT UP IN MY JOURNAL! That might not sound like a big deal, but I have been behind since some time in my third transfer. So it has taken forever to get caught up. I have definitely gained a testimony of journal writing on my mission. If I don't write things down I forget about them. Being able to look back through my journals always reminds me of the many miracles I have seen and the things I have experienced. Being caught up makes my journal more accurate and helpful, I am less likely to forget about things that I want to write down. Tender mercy: the only time it rained was when we were in a member's house. It started sprinkling right before we got there and was done right before we left their house.
Tuesday: A good day, although pretty uneventful. We got an Easter bag from one of the members, had Chinese food for dinner, and found 3 new investigators.
Wednesday #1: Linda. Linda is so prepared and humble! She easily accepts everything we teach her and keeps commitments! She is incredible! She is definitely a miracle from talking to everyone. We were stopping by some potentials on our apartment complex and she was standing outside reading. Sister Smith has a (very inspired) goal to talk to one extra person every day that she usually wouldn't, so we went over to talk to this girl. And now she will be getting baptized in a couple weeks! We taught her the Word of Wisdom today and brought one of our recent converts. Linda said the only thing she might have an issue with is tea, but "if I'm not supposed to drink it I won't". SHE IS SO GREAT!!!Wednesday #2: Clifton. Clifton is the father of one of our investigators. We haven't been able to get in contact with her recently so we stopped by. She wasn't home but her dad was. We had a really great lesson with him about the Book of Mormon. He was so interested in reading it and I know that it will bless him and bring him peace.
Thursday: Sister Smith is the best! She is so in tune with the Spirit and receptive to promptings. Our appointment right after dinner called to reschedule so we had an hour to fill. As we were praying right before leaving our apartment, Sister Smith felt like we should go stop by a potential. Even though it was a 20 minute drive and most of the hour would be spent traveling, I have learned that it is important to immediately act on promptings without rationalizing them away. So we went and the potential was home! With her friend who also lives in our area! We were able to find 2 people that are interested in meeting with us, all because Sister Smith followed a prompting.
Friday: Such a good day!! #1: We were volunteering at the library and Isaiah, one of the people that works at the time we volunteer, asked us about the three kingdoms of glory while we were in the back room. Completely out of the blue and on his own. We hadn't said much to him beyond 'hi' and 'how was your week'. Isaiah used to meet with the missionaries in the past and is really good friends with a family in another ward. Isaiah said he will participate in their family prayer and scripture study when he is there. It was so cool to have someone approach us about learning more about the gospel. #2: Nayana. A member took us out to dinner and when we walk in, the girl taking our order asked us if we were missionaries. When we told her that we were, she asked if we were Mormon. When the answer to that question was also yes, she got really excited. She had lived in Kiribati for about a year and the Church apparently has a high school there. She told us that she had gone to that high school and remembers absolutely loving it! They would sing hymns and read the scriptures after school most every day and she said she loved singing the hymns. She was so excited to see us and is interested in meeting with us!! #3: Clifton calling us back. When we went for our appointment, he wasn't home even though we had just seen him the day before and reminded him. We called him and then left a note on his door. Less than 10 minutes later, he calls back and tells us he had completely forgotten there was a revival at his church at the same time as our appointment. But he still wants to meet us and rescheduled for the next day. Honestly, it is rare that people actually call us back so the fact that he did just makes me even more excited to teach him!
Saturday: This is much more of Sister Smith's tender mercy but I benefited from it as well. After finding out really late Friday night that some of her past investigators were getting baptized the next day, we spent about 30 minutes trying to get permission and a ride to go to the baptism. One of the first people we asked to take us was available and more than happy to take us. And we got permission to go right after that. Even though I had never met the people who got baptized, I felt so much love and happiness for them. It was incredible to feel the Spirit so strongly at their baptism and to know that they had been cleansed of all their sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Sunday: Josh. Josh is someone we met last week and were able to see again this week. He is amazing! He has two little boys and is such a good dad. He was so open to what we taught and understood it immediately. AND he is already trying to quit smoking, because he wants to be a better father to his boys! He said he used to smoke 2-3 packs a day and hasn't smoked AT ALL in 4 days! That is amazing!!
The Atonement of Jesus Chris is real. This is His church. The Book of Mormon is all it claims to be: Another witness of Jesus Christ, containing the fullness of His everlasting gospel. Miracles have not ceased. Revelation has not ceased. There is a prophet, called by God like Moses, living on the Earth today. Jesus Christ lives. He is the head of this church. Heavenly Father lives. He loves you individually. These are things I know with all my heart.
Love y'all, Sister Pyper