Saturday, February 25, 2017

Loved hearing this, "God sent two angles"

This week has been insane.

First off, sorry for not writing yesterday. Today we had our month check at Presidents house for all of the new missionaries so our P-day got moved to today.

But crazy announcement. D got baptized on Sunday!! He has had a lot more challenges this week and he called us and said that he didn't know how much more he could take. His ex wife was not honest with him and said that she was going to bring his daughter that he hasn't seen in months to San Jose so that he could see her. But when he got to San Jose she was there alone and told him that she was going to get married and that she brought papers for him to sign saying that his daughter isn't his anymore and that his last name was removed from the daughters papers. Obviously he didn't sign the papers and left very hurt. 

After that we went to the ward mission leaders house to eat lunch. As D was telling us all that happened the ward mission leader said, D, when are you going to get baptized? And he said, my baptismal date is March 4th. Our ward mission leader asked, do you believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God? He responded, Yes. then he asked, Do you think that the Book of Mormon is true? Yes again. Then he asked, so then what stops you from being baptized tomorrow? And D thought for a second and said, Well... nothing. so we taught him the commendments right on the spot and I called the leaders to come over and do the interview so he could be baptized the next day! And it all worked out! That all happened on a Saturday and on Sunday we announced his baptism and like 40 members , President Hayes, Sister Hayes, and Presidents mom showed up at the baptism that night! And it was so spiritual! So many people started crying after D was baptized because he told his story about how he lost everything and God sent 2 angles to save him and pick him back up. Then he shared his testimony and it was so good!
After the baptism he pulled us aside and said.. when you guys leave, you are going to take a piece of my heart with you. And started crying! It was such a crazy experience!

Soo.. in short miracles come true. Challenge people and you will be surprised with what happens. Remember that a challenge is a challenge when you might not be ready to accept it and can be hard. If you invite somebody to do something and they are ready, its an invitation and doesn't always provoke the same growth as a challenge.
Life is good.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Service can change people's lives


Well, I'll first start off with a D update. This week was pretty intense. Our ward has started having regular self reliance classes (which I have been hoping my wards would do for pretty much my whole mission) And we invited a whole bunch of investigators and a couple went. Including D. After the class we were going to have a lesson with him but when we got in the room with him alone he broke down and started telling my all of the stuff that had been going on during the week. He had been on disability from his little job that he had, but when he went in to work they fired him. He had no way to pay the rent, so then he had to sneak into his house because if his landlord saw him he would throw all of his stuff in the street. After that he got super mad and wanted everything to be over. We got to his house just after all of this had happened we talked with him for awhile and invited him to the self reliance class. He took it as a sign and went. Then we had the bishop and the ward mission leader give him a blessing and afterwards they took him to eat. The bishop went around collecting money from members to pay D's rent and the ward donated so much tht he had enough to buy food for a week! The next day when we saw D he said he felt like a new man! Another member from the church got him a job and now he is a happy as can be. He said this church just has to be true!! He said I just want to know everything NOW! Where can I get Doctrine and Covenants??  haha he is so prepared and so happy!

When D was telling us about his life problems I shared this scripture. (this is the reason why he wanted doctrine & covenants)
D&C: 121

Joseph Smith's prayer when he is in Jail and it seemed like the world turned against him:

O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?
 How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries?

 Yea, O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them?

 O Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol—stretch forth thy hand; let thine eye pierce; let thy pavilion be taken up; let thy hiding place no longer be covered; let thine ear be inclined; let thine heart be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us.

 Let thine anger be kindled against our enemies; and, in the fury of thine heart, with thy sword avenge us of our wrongs.

 Remember thy suffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name forever.
And this is the Lords reply:

 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

 Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.

 10 Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job.

Deep stuff. If we think life is hard... it could be worse. We could be like Job. And that would just be terrible. something to think about.
Love you!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Another amazing experience

Good afternoon. This week has been quite splendid.
Last week our Ward Mission Leader´s wife called us and said that she had a reference for us and that she wanted to take us there to meet him.. but we were in a lesson and we couldn't go at that time... so she said that she would make an appointment with him for later. Well she called and called and he never answered. The next day we saw a guy walking really slowly up ahead. I felt like we needed to talk to him and I tried to get my comp to start a conversation with him (he is still very scared to talk to people and hardly ever does..) But after a 30 second conversation with my comp, I saw that I wasn't getting anywhere so I ended up starting the conversation. We started talking about the plan of salvation and if he thought that he had a purpse for his life and he started saying that he hadn't ever felt true happiness. He lost his job because somebody broke in and robbed his business, because of the stress of losing his business he had a stoke, after the stoke his wife left him with his 2 daughters, and now he has nothing and rents a tiny room that he doesn't have money to pay for... so it's safe to say that his life is hard.

After talking to him a little more he said that two days ago he was hit by a car and a Mormon helped him all day in the hospital... who was that Mormon? The ward mission leaders wife! He then said that he has had the feeling to talk to the Mormons ever since but he was too embarrased to ask for help. We then scheduled an appointment with him for the next day at the bishops house. We had family home evening with him and taught about The Book of Mormon. Over the next couple of days he started reading the Book of Mormon and said that he felt a happiness that he had never felt in his whole life. He said like he felt like his first love and he couldn't put the book down. Every night he fell asleep reading it. Then sunday came around and all the ward members wanted to take him to church, but he said he wasn't going to be able to go... but right before church started he said I'm here! He walked 45 minutes with a cane to come to church and didn't want anybody to help him because he didn't want to be embarrased. It was so crazy! The bishop was so exicted to see him there! It was super cool. He has a baptism date coming up and hopefully he can make it! Pray for Danny!

God puts us where he needs us so that we can help his children.
The Gospel is true. Love you all

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Life lesson from the mission: When you are doing everything in your power to do things right and everything goes all wrong, it's because there is a blessing coming your way, its just running late.
I think this is something that Joseph Smith learned when he recieved the revelation 58:4

 "For after much tribulation come the blessingsWherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with 
much glorythe hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. Remember this, which tell you before, that you 
may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to follow. Behold, verily say unto you, for this cause 
have sent youthat you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the 
things which are to come; And also that you might be honored in laying the foundation, and in bearing  record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand;"

This week many of our investigators were on vacation so we were forced to contact pretty much every day. I don't really mind it, but it gets kind of boring after a while when you are the only one doing contacts. (my comp is still a little scared) So I tried to change it up a little bit. I started to become more and more direct with my contacting. Here is an example:

We saw a guy outside of his house smoking, and I whispered to my companion, contact him. My comp got scared and said that he wouldn't want to know anything because he was smoking.  I walked up to the smoking man and started talking about life after death. He seemed really surprised and taken aback but focused on smoking and didn't look at us. I started asking him questions and he started to answer them but still didnt look at us in the eyes. I felt the need to talk more about the plan of salvation until he said, my wife just died giving birth to my son. and it all made sense. I kept testifying about the importance of the plan of salvation and life after death and then we gave him a pamphlet. As we were about to leave I asked if I could say a prayer. He agreed and during the prayer, this strong, tough, tatooed guy started crying. And he asked if we could come back next week. As we walked away my companion mentioned that he understood a little bit more why we need to talk to everybody we meet and not judge them.

This week we have had a couple other of experiences like that, but I don't have much time... but pretty much the jist is that if you feel like you need to talk about the gospel with somebody- do it. The lord will let us know what we need to say when we need to say it.