We’ve literally seen so many miracles this week that I don’t even know where to start. Lately we’ve been praying to find people who are truly repentant and willing to change. We’ve had many people who have been attending to church, but many still haven’t had a true desire to repent and to change. But this week I was determined to be guided by the Spirit to those who are being prepared by the Lord, and help those that we have already been teaching to change their lives and feel the need to repent.
I want to share a few of the experiences that we’ve had this week. We had found and taught a young family two weeks ago that were really receptive, and we decided to focus a lot on the Book of Mormon in the first lesson. The wife of the family had a strong desire to learn about baptism because she has never been baptized. So we gave her 2 Nephi 31 to read over the weekend. This past week we visited her, and she told us that she had read the chapter, had been praying, and even though she didn’t understand everything she read, she said she felt something very special. She had lots more questions about baptism and the Book of Mormon, and the lesson was very spiritual. She says that she wants to be baptized once she learns more, and we are going to put a baptismal date the next time we see her.
One of my favorite things in the mission is listening to investigators pray with real intent and sincerity. This week we had a very spiritual lesson with Hermana Arboleda about how to recognize the Holy Ghost. We used a lot of the scriptures that President sent us about recognizing the Spirit, and at the end of the lesson, we knelt down to pray with the whole family. Hermana Piedad prayed with such sincerity, asking for an answer, and even asking the Lord on what day she should get baptized. At the end of the prayer, the whole family got up, but Hermana Piedad stayed kneeling, with her eyes closed, listening for an answer for almost a minute. She said that she didn`t feel an answer in this moment, but said that she would continue praying like that until she receives an answer. This week her whole family attended church for the first time, and at the end of the meeting she said she felt something very special. We found another man this week, who said that he has been looking for how to get closer to God his whole life, but has never been able to know how, or what church to go to. He expressed his desires to change and be better, and to really live a Christlike life. His prayer at the end of the lesson was so sincere and we could hear how much he wants to change and be closer to God.
We also found a man who has been trying to fight his drinking addiction for 7 years, and said that he has been looking for a church to attend, because he knows that at this point, God is the only one who will be able to help hm stop drinking for good. We talked about the Atonement and repentance, and he said that this week he will come to church, and that he will start praying every day. Another man we found Saturday night said that the day before his wife and him officially separated, and that he has been praying and praying for a sign that God is listening to his prayers. We taught him about the Restoration, and about the power of the Book of mormon, and he told us there an answer to his prayer. The nest morning he showed up at church and stayed all three hours, and is anxious to learn more. He cried in the sacrament meeting when the Bishop talked about the importance of family, and I think he felt the Spirit very strongly. We found another man last night, who looked a little sketchy, with a huge beard and sunglasses, and smelled like beer, but I felt a huge impression to talk to him. We start talking, and he told us that he never talks about religion with people because he doesn’t believe in God, but he felt like he should listen to us. We start talking and literally every one of his question could be answered with the Book of Mormon, so we just start teaching out of the Book of Mormon like crazy. He started to confide in us that he had decided just a few days ago that he was going to commit suicide because he didn’t have a purpose in his life. But has he listened to us, and especially as he listened to the testimony of my companion and I about the Book of Mormon, he said that he felt a desire to read the Book of Mormon and try to find his purpose in the book, and pray to God for the first time in many years. It was so amazing and so spiritual. We have had so many experiences this week with finding people who are truly repentant and looking for answers! It has been such a blessing!
I love you all and thank you for your many letters, I read them all!!!