Monday, January 26, 2015
Blessings, blessings blessings (1-5-2015)
It seemed like with such a wonderful Christmas that the Lord would hold off on some of the blessings he has been giving us, But we were wrong. He has blessed us so much! I guess it's because we have asked for them. Funny how that works? After Virgilia was baptized we had 9 investigators who we thought would progress. But for some reason we just had the hardest time getting in with them. So we were back at square one. Well, the week before last we found 3 new investigators and then this week we found another 3 and then 1 more this morning so we are truly being blessed! On Saturday, the weather was great. So we decided to let the North Elders borrow the car (since theirs is in the shop) and we just went a knockin! And it as amazing! We just found a ton of people to teach. A fifth grade teacher named Sammy, A nineteen year old named Erica, a women named Tammy and the list goes on. It was amazing. It seemed like everyone was interested! So we will definitely follow up with all of them and see where things go from there! But a little about the new investigators that we found this week:
Tammy, is a young mom who lives with her son and boyfriend. She is super great. We talked with her for about 10 minutes on the doorstep and gave her a plan of salvation pamphlet. She is great! Totally prepared to hear the Restored gospel. So we just invited her to be baptized right there and then set up a return appointment. We have an appointment with her today. We also taught a woman named Kim after church on Sunday. A week or two ago, Elder Belliston and I were talking about how awesome it would be if someone would just show up at church who we could teach. And then we thought, well the Lord won;t do it unless we pray and ask for it. So we did. And yesterday, Kim came to church! She is so great. She has plenty of addictions that we will need to help her get over. But I have never seen someone so repentant. She cried throughout the whole lesson. Telling us that she wasn't asking for anything physical. She didn't want help from the church. And then she pointed at her heart and said "I need help here." It was a beautiful opportunity to testify of the Savior. "Kim, Christ can heal you. We know this, because he has healed us. We want to help you, adn we can show you how to use God to get over these things that tie you down." It was an amazingly spiritual experience. We invited her to be baptized. And she had concerns. Not knowing enough and things like that. But we read D&C 20:37 which showed her that she could be ready. We extended the date of February 28th. She is wonderful and will one day enter into the waters of baptism. We love Kim. She is truly humble.
After church we went and saw a former investigator named Kenneth. He is a stud! 18 and knows his bible super well. And he just wants to follow Christ extremely bad! So we invited him to be baptized as well and pray about the things that we share. He knows the bible like the back of his hand. And he would make such a good missionary. That kid is so prepared!
We also taught a lady named Margaret Henderson this morning. She is super great. She is part of the TM movement. Which means that she meditates a lot! But she absolutely loves the Book of Mormon! Hopefully things will progress with her as well! The Lord is truly blessing us.
The Lord is truly blessing us. Continue to pray for blessings, and if it is the Lord's will, he will grant them to you. But we must also be thankful for the blessings that we do receive.
I love you all. Thanks for all that you do. I thank the Lord for the blessing that you are to me. Please continue to love one another.
Elder Caleb James Wardle