Sunday, February 23, 2014

We Find Miracles When We Look For Miracles

So this week.  Where to start.  We had Zone Conference, which was absolutely great.  I know I say this all the time, but President Stucki is the man.  The conference was focused around faith and it's importance in the work.  Such a spiritual experience. We actually didn't get any work in that day because we then had ward meeting the rest of the day.

We were supposed to have a baptism this last Saturday. His name is Tito and is the nephew of one of our super active members.  We have been teaching him for the past couple months and he's just a great kid.  He has a great support system in his uncle (he lives with his Uncle from Friday to Sunday).  Both of his parents have passed away so he lives with his grandparents, who are also his legal guardians (non members). (They had given us permission to baptize Tito weeks earlier.)  We were super excited about his baptism.  We had already made programs and the whole service was set up and ready. We stopped by his house on Friday night to teach one last lesson and just see how he was doing.  We were met by his Grandma who told us that she doesn't want Tito to be baptized anymore. We talked with her for about an hour about the importance of baptism and how it would change his life, but she wasn't really interested. So we had to cancel the baptism.  However, I know without a doubt, that when the time comes, Tito will be baptized and he will be a great member of the church.  We'll just continue to visit him and continue to love him and his family.

We had a great week in terms of finding this past week.  We found 10 great new investigators that we're super excited about. We taught some great lessons.  Elder Hawkins and I are transforming the way we teach and it's really starting to pay off.  It's amazing what the Lord can do when you put your trust in him.

One last experience. Elder Hawkins and I were looking for a referral the other day.  We were given the apartment building and floor, but not the number.  So we made our way to the 5th floor and began our search.  No one knew who this family was.  We were obviously in the wrong place.  However, we made our way down to the end of the hall and found a door ajar. We knocked and a big man (big in the Philippines isn't that big) approached.  We inquired about the name, but responded by saying that he did not know them.  Elder Hawkins and I felt prompted to continue talking with this man.  So we did.  We had a great conversation and he invited us in his house. We shared a great lesson with him, his wife, and his 3 kids.  It was wonderful.  They were very excited and invited us back this week.  It's amazing how the lord accomplishes his work.  We can find miracles whenever we are looking for them. 

I would just like to end with a quick scripture verse.  This is one of my favorite verses in the Book of Mormon.

11 And it came to pass that the people of Limhi began to drive the Lamanites before them; yet they were not half so numerous as the Lamanites. But they fought for their lives, and for their wives, and for their children; therefore they exerted themselves and like dragons did they fight.

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