Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Were Guided by the Spirit

     Well, we had transfers last week!! I received a new companion from Orem, Utah. His name is Elder Jones. He is from the Marine Reserves! Do work son! This month we have been challenged to get 50 baptisms, as a mission. So we have been out pounding the pavement all day on Saturday. We started out by tracting for a few hours. We came upon this older man walking into his house. We said hello to him and he turned around and smiled until he saw we were Mormons. He said, "Don't stop here!" But we had already stopped at his house. This guy lived in Ogden, Utah for some time and said he knew Mormonism. But he knew NOTHING about us! He said that we were a cult and our church was of the devil. So we tried to address his questions but wouldn't let us. He said that his church was the one. We asked how many people attend, he said 9,000. I wanted to tell him that our church had over 15 million members. Oh well!!

     But through the rest of the day we had no luck, the Devil just wanted us to fail. I started off by twisting my ankle in a hole covered by grass. But that would not keep me down. A man we stopped to talk with was a bible basher. My companion started to bash for a while. I could not see a good end so I just said to this man, “Would you accept a Book of Mormon?” He said, “No I won't read it.” So that shut him down. He was just trying to prove a point that he knew nothing of. So after a long day we saw no success with finding even one person to put on date for the 50 baptisms. My companion had a vision that we needed to go to a park so we walked to the nearest and started knocking. No success!! So we went down a street that was bit darker than the rest of the neighborhood. As we started our journey down this dark road I could feel the presence of some spiritual beings walking with us to protect and guide us. We stopped and said a prayer to know which door to knock. We only had 5 minutes to get somebody on date. So we walked to a few houses that had the lights on, on the door step. No answer at all on all 3 houses. It was time to turn in. We started back to the car and I walked by a house and I was punched in the stomach by the spirit. I stopped told the companion that we needed to go to this house. He looked at me like are you serious! In a good way! So we knocked on the door and a man opened the door. He was a man that kept walking by us around the park. So we were sure this was the man. We started talking to him about the priesthood and how we have the proper authority. This man said after we stated that, that he just had chills go over him. We testified that what he felt is the Holy Spirit. We kept teaching him and invited him to baptism on June 28th. Wahooo!!!! This was a great spiritual/faith promoting event.

     Have faith in all that you do. We did not see our trial of faith for 12 hours. So take this as a lesson that it is on the Lord's time to continually keep faith within our Savior. Things may not happen as soon as you would like but the Lord knows what is best for us!!

Love you all!!

Celebration after a hard day’s work. Smoothies in a chilled mug!

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