Missionary Miracles – 7.6.2014

Members and Missionaries Make a Great Team – Part 1
On Tuesday we had a really good Lesson with Brother Zieu and his daughter. Brother Zieu has been inactive for like 20 years. He was recently found because he had a heart attack and asked for a priesthood blessing (from a member). We didn’t have his records in our ward and he said his name was Larry.  Larry agreed to retake the missionary discussions and invited his nonmember daughter (Crystal) to take them with him. We had a great lesson with them (and a ward member joined us for the lesson)! He was being really noncommittal throughout the lesson, he wants it but isn’t sure if he is ready to put forth the effort. I felt a strong impression to be really bold with him. I looked at him and asked him if he wanted the blessings of being active. he said yes. So I told him that that will never happen if he keeps sitting on the fence. I asked if he was willing to Act! He sat up a little straighter and said yes!. So I committed them to come to church this sunday and to start reading the book of Mormon again. We were so excited when he walked into Sacrament meeting, both him and his daughter. Now his daughter is an investigator!  (Sister Morley)
 

Members and Missionaries Make a Great Team – Part 2
Long story short, the little girl (Jaqueline) is getting baptized this coming month the mom (Selene) wants to learn more and wants to be baptized but didn’t set a date yet. Miracles? I know they are! Working with members is much more effective than working aloneWe’ve found that the activity of a member doesn’t apply to their ability to do missionary work. The Lord is still preparing the people around them to receive the Restored Gospel and that members can explain things often times better than we can. It was an amazing experience and we have a return appointment for this Friday.  (Elder Haney)

Members and Missionaries Make a Great Team – Part 3 – One Missionary (Sister Morley) in One Ward in One Week
On Thursday we met with another inactive lady and her nonmember family. We just received her records into our ward and bishop told us to go meet herWe went with the relief society president. Kristina just got remarried in May and moved into the ward boundaries. She was previously married in the temple 5 years ago but that ended badly and she hasn’t been active since. When we talked to her she was very interested in coming back to church and trying it again for her kids. She was a convert in her early 20’s and now she is 29. She has had a rough start but I’m glad she is open so giving church a try again.
We asked her husband (Dwayne) if he was willing to take the missionary discussions and he was very interested in it.  Two of their kids are also baptism age.  We were able to teach them last week and it went really well. Kristina came to church and she is really motivated to become active again. As we taught Dwayne, he didn’t really say much but we could tell that he was really interested and liked what he heard. Before we even taught very much I felt inspired to ask him how bringing this gospel into his life will bless his family? He gave a beautiful answer and right then I knew he was ready and so prepared. When we taught him the restoration it flowed naturally into the restoration of the priesthood and the power to baptize. I asked him right then if baptism was something that he desired. He said yes! He want’s to get baptized on July 19! The kids weren’t there for that lesson but Kristina said that the kids dad gave them permission to get baptized if that is what they want. So tonight we are going to teach the kids and invite them to be baptized with their step-dad. (two of them are baptism age). We just love this family so much and are excited for their progress in this church.

Part 4 – (Even when the lesson isn’t perfect, the Lord compensates!)
(see Part 1 for week 1) Yesterday we had another lesson with Larry and Crystal. They both came to church for the second time in a row! That was really exciting and this time they came for the full three hours! Crystal has been keeping more commitments than the majority of our investigators but she has been shy towards baptism. Yesterday during our planning we felt strongly they she was ready to accept a date. Sister Roberts and I role played for her and I had Sister Roberts practice giving the baptismal invite because I really felt like she should be the one to give it.
When we went to the lesson it was awkward… The members house we had it in kept talking too much and pulling the lesson in the wrong direction. But we would cut in and bring the lesson back. Even though it was not going as we had planned we still felt the Spirit prompting us to invite her to be baptized. We were teaching the plan of salvation and Sister Roberts was teaching about Earth life. She talked about the important covenants we need to make while on this Earth and then Sister Roberts asked Crystal if she would like to be baptized and covenant with her Father that she will always follow Him. Crystal said Yes! Crystal is also preparing to be baptized on July 19!. Even though everything seemed to go wrong in that lesson I am glad that we still followed the Spirit and followed through with what we were inspired to plan for her! We also invited her dad, Larry to prepare himself to be worthy to baptize her! He said he will work on that. (bishop told us that if Larry continues to come to church until then and show the desire that he can baptize his daughter!) 

Part 5
Another Miracle we saw this week was with Jennifer. We were on our way to a teaching appointment with Bruce (bringing a ward member with us). He lives right next to Jennifer. Well Jennifer’s son Ryan loves us and tagged along to listen to us teach. We taught the plan of salvation. Ryan realized he was late getting home so he left before we finished but took the pamphlet home with him. His mom, Jennifer was not happy that he came home a half hour late and so she took the pamphlet away from him and sent him to his room. Jennifer then read the pamphlet!
When we called to make an appointment, she didn’t answer as usual, and I didn’t even leave a message because I was going to try again later that day. Well for the first time ever Jennifer called us back! She invited us over to teach her entire family! We have been trying to teach them for a long time and it was finally going to happen! We went last Friday and she sat everyone down (ALL 7 Kids!) around the table and told them they were going to listen to hear us out. We taught them the plan of salvation! We invited them to come to church and they said they would hold family council for if they wanted to come. It was such a miracle to be able to teach them. And, we are going to go back and teach them more this Friday!

 

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