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So about 3 months ago, Sister Erekson and Sister Zavala got a referral
for Russ and Marie, a couple in their mid 50’s. They went to their
door and Russ told them “We are NOT interested!!!!” and shut the door
in their faces.
About a month later Sister Erekson and I (Sister Short) received a referral for the same
two people. She told me what happened the first time so we just automatically
dropped them, thinking the church offices had made a mistake. The next week,
the same referral came back! So we decided to try again. Russ answered the door
and told us his wife was sleeping, so we should try the next week. Sister Erekson
was kind of in shock because he had been so rude the last time!
The next week we went over and Marie answered the door. She told us her
husband was sleeping, but she might call us to help them move some
stuff in their house later. We told her we would check back next
week. Knowing they probably just wanted service, we dropped them as
potential investigators. For some reason though, our iPads would NOT
take their name off of our list. It kept a red flag on them even
though we did everything we were supposed to to get rid of it! We
thought we would try one more time. So we come back the next week,
expecting them to give us some service to do, and Marie invites us
Now imagine this. We step over a dog gate to get in the door. There
is green carpet, 7 Shitzu dogs, 3 bird cages with 5 birds between
them, 2 cats, and a fish in the back room. Of course the dogs are all
over us and licking me like I’m a lollipop, but we sit down on their
couches and began to try to visit over the barking and squawking of
the birds. They told us that Marie is a hospice nurse and takes care
of a 95 year old couple who has been sharing the gospel with them.
Within the last month they had been to stake conference, began the
Book of Mormon, and now had pictures of the Living Christ, Articles of
Faith, and Proclamation to the Family hanging on the wall. The change
in them was incredible!!!! We taught them the Restoration right there
and they loved it. They told us they are looking for a change in
their lives, and they feel drawn to the gospel. We left their house
in pure shock.
3 days later we went over for lesson number two with the 2nd counselor
in the Bishopric. Our mouths hung open when Russ told us he started
the Book of Mormon again. “Again?” He said “Yeah I finished it the
first time in a week!” WHAT?!?! The poor man can’t sleep at night so
he got up and read the Book of Mormon every night. As we taught the
plan of Salvation, Brother Brimhall was in tune with the Spirit and
answered every one of their questions before they could ask them. We
finished the lesson and invited them to be baptized on Sept. 26.
Marie began to cry and they both nodded their heads with smiles on
their faces. The Spirit was strong in their home and Sister Erekson
and I sat in the car amazed after their lesson.
Come Sunday we were anxiously watching out the windows for about 15
minutes. Members joked about taking pictures of our anxious waiting!
Then in pulls Russ and Marie 🙂 They both liked Sacrament meeting and
Russ told us “It feels different, I feel comfortable.” His smile is
priceless 🙂 He is missing parts of his jaw, has a pony tail and has
to be hooked to oxygen. When he smiles….oh it melts us 🙂 Marie
just adores him and its adorable! They couldn’t stay for all 3 hours
because he didn’t have enough oxygen to last, but it ended up being a
good thing because Relief Society was not a non-member friendly lesson
We have been praying for a family, our members have been praying for
us to find one, and finally we have found the most prepared couple I
have met yet! All because two 95 year olds with hospice care opened
their mouths to share the gospel 🙂