What is up! I never really know how to start emails it’s always an awkward thing, so I’ll start it with a question that may summarize this past week up.
This question is actually found in 3 Nephi 28:1. And imagine you were the one Christ was talking to. It reads: “And it came to pass when Jesus had said these words, he spake unto his disciples, one by one, saying unto them: What is it that ye desire of me, after that I am gone to the Father?”
What is it that ye desire of me? I want you to ponder on that, what is something you truly desire of the Lord? For Elder Merritt and me we desired to harvest a seed that was planted in someone’s life.
The Fort Yargo area has been struggling for months and we have been seeing little to no success. Every time I prayed asking for help to know what we can do better or why the area was the way it was my response remained the same. “It’s not time.” The Lord has a plan and he sees and knows more than we can at this moment, but one thing we were able to witness this week was the blessings of an answered prayer.
Throughout the week we knocked doors facing the same responses. No one was really showing interest. We came to a street that was in the middle of an area that has been tracted by sets of missionaries in the past. But oddly enough people were fairly interested, that night we had set up 4 return appointments with people to come back on Sunday night.
To fast forward we went back to the neighborhood on Sunday evening and none of the people answered, so we kept knocking the street. The 3rd house in, a man peeps through the curtain of his front door then walks away. Disappointed we were about to leave as well until he opens the door, standing beside him was his 6 year old son.
We had a short conversation about his work and things to kind of build a relationship with them, then the dad turns to his son and asks him if he knows who the Mormons are. A little shocked we asked where he encountered such majestic people as Mormons.
The man then began to tell us that he use to meet with missionaries before but he moved and lost contact with them but he loves our teachings and the Book of Mormon and he wants his family to learn the teachings as well. He has a wife, a 6 year old son, a 8 year old son, and a 18 year old son. We were happier than a tornado in a trailer park THIS WAS SWEET!!!
I could hardly contain myself with what was happening it felt like a dream, we were truly blessed with this wonderful family to teach. Once we left his home we immediately said a prayer of gratitude and continued knocking doors. The remainder of the night we found two less active members who weren’t on our records and got in touch with another family who was interested in learning more. I couldn’t be more grateful for the power of prayer.
I wish I could explain the amount of things we see on a daily bases and the little tender mercies and miracles the Lord shows us but I cannot put into words everything that happens and I’m sorry. But what I can do is share with you my witness that this truly is the Lords work and He has His hand in everything, He knows us, He loves us, and there is a plan for all of us.
If I had a penny for every time someone let us into a home to teach them I would be broke, but I wouldn’t replace it for anything. These memories are ones I will cherish forever, I love being able to concentrate two years of my life to give back to our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ for all they have done for me.
I hope each of you take the time to reflect on your desires in life and prayerfully decide what God has planned for you then follow it. Let the Holy Spirit guide as they say, and have a wonderful week. I love you so much!
Stay prayed up!