Weekly, the missionaries write Pres. Sweeney and give him an accounting of their week and the miracles that happened. These letters are a priceless record documenting the hand of the Lord in the lives of missionaries and investigators. With permission of the missionary, let me share once such miracle as written by the missionary that it happened to (only first names are given to protect privacy):
“Here is my miracle of the week:
So, a woman in our ward named Melissa texted us and told us she had a friend named Jen who wanted to meet with us. She had gone to the baptism we had last Sunday (which was an eight year old baptism) with her daughter and they both loved it. So Sister xxxx and I were pretty excited. We had the lesson at Melissa and her husband Mario’s house. So we met Jen and started talking to her, and she said that her best friend in high school was Mormon and she had gone to church with her a lot. So that was cool. Then we started talking about the Book of Mormon and she said that when she was eighteen, she was just curious about it and so she read it, but she didn’t really remember anything about it. But she told us that recently she had a dream where she was walking down the street with some missionaries and they were talking about the Book of Mormon and they told her that one day she would understand all of it.
So then we teach the first lesson, and she has zero questions. She just accepts it all. Sister xxxx wraps up the lesson and bears her testimony and then she looked at me. So I bore my testimony about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon and said, “Before we go, we want to read a scripture with you from the Book of Mormon. It’s Moroni 10:3-5.” So she opens up to Moroni and just stares at the top of the page and she’s like, “Wait. Wait.” and she starts BAWLING. And we’re just kind of sitting there not knowing what to do, and then she said, “I had another dream where a figure was walking towards me and he was holding something like a staff or a flute or a musical instrument (Hmmm… Maybe a TRUMP?) and he kept saying “I am…” something. I couldn’t understand what he was saying. It sounded like “Macaroni” or something like that. But this (and she points to the top of the page) is the name he was saying. He was saying, “I am Moroni. I am Moroni.””
By this time we were all crying. And nobody said a word. We all just sat there and cried. And Mario was like, “Jen, do you know who Moroni is?” and she had no clue. So he told her that Moroni was the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon. He was the one who directed Joseph Smith in obtaining the gold plates. And he’s on the top of almost every temple and he’s holding a trumpet. And she just said, “Are you serious?” and cried some more. I told her how prepared she was and that there’s a reason why this church keeps coming back into her life. And then I said, “So, Jen, will you follow the example of Jesus Christ..” and she interrupted me and said, “Yes!” Haha I didn’t get to complete the invitation for baptism, but I didn’t need to. It was so amazing. She’s so ready! She’s going to be baptized in a couple weeks!”
Jen’s baptism is later this week!