Monday, January 20, 2014
This week has been very slow. We only had 11 lessons in comparison to a usual 20 or so lessons in a week. But turns out that these are the times that the Lord blesses us the most when we are given these trials and endure them to the end. On Wednesday, we made a visit to an elderly widow in the ward and she gave us a referral for someone in her neighborhood who she thought was a less-active member. We decided we would just head right over to visit this lady. As it turns out, this lady isn't a member but has had member friends in the past so she knows quite a bit about the church. We invited her to the Gilbert Temple Open House and she said that she would talk to the lady who gave us the referral and see if she can go with her. So we left amazed and very happy! I mean, in the past hour we had talked to an old lady who was so sweet and we gained an investigator! Then Thursday was hard again but we pushed through it and on Friday we went to visit a former investigator. Turns out it had been a very stressful week and she kept telling us that we came at the perfect time. Her and her husband are Physicians and they had to let an employee go on Friday so the stress that led up to it coupled with three kids, two of them having ADHD, it was a hard week. We talked to her for a while and they are very centered on families which is great because as Latter-Day Saints, we believe that the family unit is central to God's plan. But as we were talking to her, she told us that she feels like there is something majorly missing in their family. We secretly know that it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ but we will slowly but surely help her understand that too! We invited her to the Gilbert Temple Open House as well, but she was going to run it by her husband before committing. Then right after we visited a lady in the ward because she was on a Progress Record and we didn't know her. Turns out, her roommate isn't a member but believes in God and lives his life in a way to be guided by whatever God wants him to do. The member told her conversion story and it was very touching. It got him interested in the Restoration video so we are going to have a lesson this week and watch the 20 minute video on the Restoration. We also had some extra tickets for the Gilbert Temple so they are going to join us! Sunday was hard because none of our investigators came to church, but we were able to have a lesson with a member present and also set up some appointments for this week. I have been shown this week that as we endure to the end, our loving Heavenly Father can do nothing but bless us for it. Being out here is hard and I have learned a lot about myself, but I know that somewhere out there is someone who loves me unconditionally and wants what is best for me. I challenge you all to please invite just one person to go to Mormon.org this week and just check out what our religion is really like. You don't know who is ready to receive this gospel or not! I love you all! Thank you all for being such wonderful influences in my life!!