So there comes a point in basically every day as a missionary where there's some people who just don't want to be taught. Okay I'll rephrase that, Satan just gets all up in their life and makes them think they don't want to be taught. It's the worst. And there's this lil' tactic my good friend Alma taught me in Alma 4:19, we call it "bearing down in solid testimony". And this, this is the theme for the week. maybe my whole mission.
Here's an update on our investigators:
We are working with and hoping to have a baptism this week for Kamay Lawrence. She's from a part member family and she's 9 and literally I have never met anyone so ready for baptism but she's had a lot of struggles in her path to get here. This week, she came to church for fast and testimony meeting, which is a meeting where anyone can stand up and share their testimony or what they believe and she wanted to go up so bad. She asked all of her sisters and none of them wanted to go up, so she asked me. We walk up to the front and it was her turn so she stood at the mike and I sat in the chair behind her and she looks back and says "I thought you were going to stand with me?" So I pull a classic primary president and squat next to her as she bears the sweetest testimony about how the scriptures make her happy because miracles happen. SHE ALMA 4:19-ED THE WHOLE CONGREGATION. Super tender mercy.
We are also working with two youth, Kimberly and Junior, 16 and 14. They are so awesome. Their aunt is a member and have been coming to youth activities and we've been teaching them for a while. Before, they really had no relationship with Christ. Didn't even know really what he did while he was here, but they've been learning so much and I have seen a physical change in both of them. This week we had a lesson on the plan of salvation and what we have to do in order to be able to return and live with God and Christ again, and hermana short the power house that she is ALMA 4:19-ED THEM TO THE MAX AND THEY ACCEPTED A BAPTISM DATE FOR JULY 8TH. Their mom, who we're teaching seperately, cried she couldn't believe the change her children are making. The power of pure testimony.
I think before I've told a little bit about Celia and Gilberto. They are so amazing, I've been teaching them since my first week here inFederal Way, but we've been noticing more and more that they've been struggling to act and not willing to make the necessary changes. It is the most heartbreaking thing when we realize as missionaries that the Lord's time has to be spent on other people, even when we love these ones so much. We had a final lesson with them where we asked if they were willing to make changes and they couldn't come to say yes, so both me and hermana short ALMA 4:19-ED THEM and the spirit was the strongest I have ever felt in that house. Maybe it isn't their time, but we know that someday they will accept the gospel and remember the spirit they felt in their home as they learned of the restored gospel.
As for our meet the mormons video, it is a straight Alma 4:19. We had some interviews with the people this week and their testimonies are incredible. One family told their story of escaping from north korea and moving to paraguay and learning spanish and finding the gospel and not being allowed to go by their parents but going anyways and they just stared at the camera and said "you know it's true. so change". We are so excited for this video and this vision God has given us to help his children learn more of the gospel.
I know that the power of pure testimony is indescribable. It is the only way we as humans can command the power of the Holy Ghost to fall upon the area, but the people might not always accept our testimony. We can bring the spirit to their heart, but they must be the ones to accept. BUT Never lose hope! You never know when someone is goign to meet missionaries and say "I remember years ago my friend who shared a book of mormon with me" or "my friend who told me about how they felt at church". They make a difference, I meet people every day that say so. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH THE CHURCH IS TRUE :)
Hermana Reed IV
2 when president photo bombs
3 sisters in zion
4 hermanas in $ion
5 when we knock on our investigators door and she's on her way out for prom. LOOKIN GOOD NANCY
ALSO, did something fun last pday for once! Went to a bonsai tree museum. So WA it hurts
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.