March 6, 2017
So...I thought last week's weather here was crazy, but I was wrong. This week has been unbelievably cold and windy, then one day it was humid and rainy - we got a lightning storm Thursday night, I think it was - and now it is back to warming up again. Slowly but surely, I guess I will warm up (haha no pun intended) to the crazy weather here.
This week something really cool happened though, rainy weather and all. The same night that it started to pour on us, we were able to contact who we thought was a potential investigator. As it turns out, this was a different guy, so we introduced ourselves and started talking about the Book of Mormon with him! He said that his father was a pastor, but that the two of them had never really agreed on how to interpret different passages from the Bible. In his own practice, he said that he followed what the Bible said and everything else just kind of fell around it because the Bible is the word of God. We explained to him the backstory of the Book of Mormon and how it is Another Testament of Jesus Christ - we believe that through God, a prophet named Lehi and his family were led to a promised land - America - where they continued to keep records of their dealings with the Lord in the land, and how they were able to build their own faith in the Savior.
Since he seemed so open-minded as we talked, we invited him to read the Book of Mormon and pray bout it and testified that if he would, he could feel whether it really way God's word. And then he agreed to it! By this time it started to really pour outside, with wind, lightning, and all. Sister Anderson and I absolutely booked it to the car, but we both were glad to be there because he needed it. That was the best experience this week because even with the dampening weather, I felt so good inside at sharing the light of the gospel with him. Now THAT's missionary work - sharing the gospel to those who are open and prepared to receive it!
Another cool thing this week - one day when we were out tracting, we ran into TWO different young mothers who had grown up in the church and are now once again searching for God in their lives, especially for the sake of their families. They were both very friendly and open with us, and we invited them to come to church. We hope to go back and see if we can share more. As Sister Anderson said, It's not every day that you find less-active or former members, especially in the same neighborhood.
Even though this work is hard when I don't know how to talk to strangers and share with them how wonderful the gospel of Jesus Christ is, I am grateful when Heavenly Father puts those in our path who are willing to listen. I am still learning to open my mouth and rely on Jesus Christ in this work, and as I do, I am seeing the blessings. I have gotten frustrated a couple times this week, but I know that as long as I rely on the Lord, I can have the confidence and the strength to carry this message to all those who will receive it! I am growing and changing each day to share Christ's message of love to the world!
Love you all,
Georgia Peach 2