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“After that lesson [with the French Sisters], we were late to a lesson with William, so the French sisters drove us straight to downtown Phoenix and just waited for us in the car while we taught William. William’s lesson was awesome. We went over his baptism and how it was going to work, and at the end, he told us that it might not have worked as it did, if it had not been for us, his specific missionaries. He said that it could have gone either way. I didn’t know about that though, because he was the most prepared person that I have ever met. But it was kind. Then we left.
And this is where the huge miracle happened… We were walking out, just smiling to ourselves and thinking about how wonderfully prepared William is and how he truly is an elect of God that did indeed hear and respond to the Master’s call. A miracle in itself. But we got to the elevators that went down to the parking garage, and the only other person around was this woman. We could tell she was sort of avoiding us, but we both got in to the same elevator. She was trapped:) We simply asked her how her day was, and, not even responding to our question, she said rather abruptly, “I feel like I need to talk to you guys.” And with that we all stepped out of the elevator onto a random floor and talked for some time.
She claims that God has been leading her towards the Mormon faith for a long time now. She claims that there have been so many instances and encounters in her life recently with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There is no way she says that it could be happening by coincidence. She says that she sees missionaries EVERYWHERE now. And that all her conversations among friends and coworkers are all about the Mormon faith, and they aren’t even members of the church… yet;)
She says that in these conversations, which are mostly negative and criticizing, she finds herself instinctively defending the church! She is an incredible successful business owner and marketer. She has many homosexual friends and her husband is an Episcopalian priest. Plus, many, MANY other things going against her. She mentioned that she foresees herself joining the church, but didn’t think it would happen for another couple of years. The events of late have changed that. She said much more, but you are just going to have to read my journal sometime if you want all the rest of the details!
But the truly amazing part is all the events that lined up perfectly for us to meet in that elevator at that exact moment. First of all, we try to get members to every set lesson that we have. And we easily could have gotten someone to Williams lesson, but for the first time on our mission we felt that we shouldn’t invite a member with us. We use members all the time! But we felt we shouldn’t, and we didn’t, and because of that William didn’t stop to show off his house, gym, and pool like he always does. If that would have happened the timing would not have worked. Also, the day before, Tuesday, we had had a lesson with William as well. And for that lesson we decided to bring someone that we do not usually bring to lessons. But for some odd reason we felt like we should take him, so we did. And the lesson turned out all right, but he took over and we were not able to teach William the lesson he needed right before baptism.
So, at the end of the lesson William was a little overwhelmed by the member we brought and asked us if we could come back the next day, Wednesday. If we wouldn’t have brought him, we would have completely missed the woman we met in the elevator. In addition to that, had the French sisters not asked us to go to a lesson with them, we would not have been late to William’s lesson, and the timing would be all off. Plus, the day was already packed for us when the French sisters asked us to go with them, but, yet again, we felt prompted to go with them.
Another thing that happened was that the only reason she was in the elevator at that time was because she forgot her workout shoes in her car, and she had to go get them! And the list goes on and on and on. Explanation: Miracle. Cause: Our Heavenly Father. Conclusion: God indeed lives, and He is, always has been, and always will be a God of Miracles. And parting the Red Sea is a far lesser miracle then the salvation of one of His children.
The next day, right after our baptism, we hurried to a Subway where we met with the woman we met in the elevator the day before. It was a great lesson. She had some really deep concerns about God having a God. And the validity about the angels that came to Joseph in the Kirtland temple. But she is willing to doubt her doubts before she doubts our faith. We told her that all her concerns would be worked out. And she completely trusted us. At one point she said: “in your faith, which I am sure will soon be our faith,” and then she said what she was going to say. She is so ready!”