I could probably title every week the same thing. Milagros are everywhere. I know that this work is driven by the hand of the Lord because everything about this week is incredible.
We had interviews with our mission president this week and let me just say President Rasmussen is such an amazing man!!! It is so cool to have someone who is called of God to recieve revelation and guide me specifically as a missionary. He gave me a lot of council and advice and I just admire the man so much. He encouraged me to start a journal the way president eyering does of ways I felt the spirit guide me that day and it is so cool to look back on my days at night and realize what things the spirit told me to say, what doors the spirit told me to knock, and what commitments the spirit told me to extend. This is so not me doing any of this.
This past week I have learned so much about missionary work and about my Savior and really my purpose as a missionary. For those who dont know, missionaries are in charge of the spiritual welfare. We are literally here to help people come unto Christ in any and all ways, especially those who haven't yet done so. There is a return missionary that moved into the branch this summer who was AP in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale mission and has taught us so many ways to help people understand that Jesus Christ literally atoned for YOU and that in choosing to follow Him and be baptized He can relieve us of all our burdens. THAT'S what people are missing! It has been so cool. We've been implementing something we call a harvest prayer. basically we knock doors and they open and we introduce ourselves as representatives of Jesus Christ and testify of how the spirit has led them to their door and then we ask if we can leave a blessing on their home. So then they let us in and we ask them what they want us to include in our prayers (discern needs) and pray and then testify of how the atonement can help them and that they can follow jesus christ and recieve the help they need through baptism. One cool experience this week was when we were knocking doors and we met a lady and we did just this. We then find out that she had been taught by missionaries in the past 2 years ago when her family came into town from Mexico. her family had also learned from the missionaries but returned to Mexico. These same family members are coming into town again this next Tuesday. It was incredibly divine and she accepeted to be baptized! Just a testimony that theres no way I could just happen to knock on her door. This is God's work.
Other cool story: on Sunday night my companion and I were just motivated out of our minds to find people prepared to be baptized. We went to contact a potential investigator and she wasn't home but we felt like we were supposed to be there so we kept knocking and nobody was home/interested. We stopped there on the sidewalk and asked each other, does God want us to be here? I felt a strong yes, but not where we were building wise. So we said another prayer, right there, on the sidewalk, and asked to know where to go. Both hermana baird and I felt guided to the second floor of the building behind us, when we went up the stairs there was a mormon.org card on the ground. OKAY SO LIKE WHAT. yeah so we knocked and the english missionaries had talked to him before. He was from the Phillipines and his dad died a year ago and he was suffering from PTSD from being in Iraq for 3 tours. It was amazing to feel the spirit just there on his doorstep as we testified of how Christ is better than any doctor and better than any medicine and is the only one who can truly heal us. He as well expressed the desire to follow Christ through baptism.
Other major news, everyone remember Petra my bff back in Federal Way who had to postpone her baptism because her boyfriend Vicente couldn't find a place to live? well get this, HE GOT BAPTIZED THIS PAST WEEKEND. From the second it happened I knew that Petra had to postpone her date for him. it was all for him. God knows everything, he knows everyone and he did it for him. Crazy story getting to his baptism though, we drove with an investigator: hugo the boyfriend of Lastenia. You could say he's a bit of an excessive driver. He also drives like a mustang convertable or something... Let's just say there was some serious angel protection because I dont know how we didn't die hahaha but hey they all came to the baptism with us and it was awesome!
Last but not least, we got the joy of seeing the lovely hermana huhem again as she came back to visit the mission. She impacted my mission so much, and meeting her family and seeing her again just makes me realize how happy I am to be here and to be a missionary. Don't be surprised if I never come home. I love this work and I love Jesus Christ and I know that it is only by following him through baptism that we can be lifted of our burdens and find eternal joy.
Hermana Reed IV
ps throwback to a year ago when I was leaving for my mission... where has time gone??
1 HERMANA HUHEM NEVER DIES
2 this is a nice pic that hermana short captured of me cleaning her shoe with a leaf after she stepped in dog poop. just missionary things
3 hairdues by Fabiola
4 hermana short and reed back at it for exchanges
5 mid convertible car ride (it took me 20 min to brush my hair after)
6 FELICITACIONES A VICENTE Y PETRA :)
7-8 all you need to know about what Renton is like
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.