Inviting to Come/Return to the Temple – note how members and missionaries are working together…
I am most excited for one of our reactivation efforts. We have been working with Carmen a week or two before I got here. This Sunday she received a blessing because of some trials. Then after church she got her limited-use temple recommend! She is preparing for the endowment and is so excited to be closer to her Heavenly Father. It is even sweeter because her and 13 year old daughter are going to do baptisms together! We are so excited for them and for the beautiful work we get to be a part of!
There have been some amazing miracles happening in the way of finding non-members for us to teach. My writing can hardly do justice for what happened, but I shall try to recount the story to the best of my ability. A member couple, Marvin and Charlotte, were able to find a potentially interested couple for us to teach. Marvin helped the couple remodel and clean up their newly purchased cabin, years ago, and throughout those years they kept asking for his help in fixing things. Two weekends ago something went wrong with the cabin’s plumbing, so they asked Marvin to come over to help. Charlotte invited them to use their bathroom until the problem could be fixed. Brenda, the nonmember wife, stayed with Charlotte while Marvin and Ernie went back to the cabin. Brenda talked about a lot of her problems that were happening in life, and it included not being able to find a ‘believing, friendly, family oriented church.” Prompted by the Spirit, Charlotte was able to not only invite Brenda to come to church next weekend, but also taught her several fundamentals about the Restoration. The next day, Marvin visited the couple and gave them some pamphlets to read and dusted off the copy of the Book of Mormon he gave them years earlier and invited them to read it. Brenda read three pamphlets and to Nephi 7 in three days. Brenda and Ernie came to church yesterday, and loved the friendly people and the Primary Program. They will be coming back up in two weeks, perhaps permanently, and we will begin teaching them then.
Facebook starts to yield fruit!
We found some miracles this week. We had a Facebook referral that now has a baptism date!
The Power of Example…of a Member Missionary
We recently had a new member move into the ward. A delightful gentleman named Eddy. He is very involved and always wants to serve. Eddy has some light form of special needs, but still lives on his own and takes care of himself. As he stood to introduce himself in the Elders Quorum, it was quickly evident that he had a speech impediment. After class he came to the Missionaries with his phone number and said to call him any time, and he would love to join us. A few days later Elder XXXX and I were rushing to an appointment. It was 7:45pm and we had still not found a member to join us at our 8pm lesson with a single sister. We didn’t know what to do. After a prayer, Eddy’s name came instantly to my mind! I looked at his address and saw that he lives just 3 blocks from the home of our appointment. We called and he gladly accepted the invitation to join us. He then said “When will you be picking me up?” We told him that we were on bicycles and it was only a few blocks. Little did I know Eddy had more problems than just his speech- His legs do not work well. “I can’t walk very far” he said. We apologized and told him we would keep him in mind for future appointments. He paused and said “I want to go. I’ll do it!”. We met Eddy outside of his apartment and walked the 3 blocks by his side. He limped along slowly and painfully. I wanted to cry.. He did not complain one bit. The 3 blocks took us about 15 minutes! We could tell that he was in pain, but I knew at that moment that Eddy was special. He has such a great love for the Lord and would do anything to help build the kingdom. We were able to find him a ride home after the lesson.
Dear Presidents – we love and sustain you in the exercising of your keys to hasten the work. These stories are shared with permission.