So this week I finally got a good taste of some Missouri weather. We were knocking some doors, and it was pretty hot. Then the next moment it was dumping rain on us and we had to run like 4 blocks to get back to our car. We were soaked by the time we got back. Haha it was almost comical.
One really cool experience we had this week was getting a call from Brother Ortman, a less active who is really trying hard to repent and come back to church. Anyway, he called us thinking of a scripture that he couldn't find. It ended up being a scripture that I had read that same morning: "And thus did the Spirit of the Lord wok upon them, for they were the very vilest of sinners. And the Lord saw fit in his infinite mercy to spare them; nevertheless they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities, suffering much and fearing that they should be cast off forever." Mosiah 28:4
It was so cool to see that he truly was trying to repent, feeling sorry for what he had done and relying upon the mercy of the Lord. It's amazing to hear the rest of the story connected with that scripture. It is speaking about the Sons of Mosiah, who were the "vilest of sinners" and yet they became some of the greatest instruments in the Lord's hands in bringing so many to the knowledge of the truth. What an amazing testimony of conversion.
This week has been particularly hard because it has been difficult finding new investigators. Knocking doors sometimes works, but missionary work is so much more effective when it comes from the members. We are really going to be trying to push the members to invite their friends to Church activities and listen to the Missionary Discussions.
I have been studying Patience this past week, and I feel like it might have been the Lord's way of teaching me patience, which essentially is cheerfully enduring. Two of my favorite scriptures that I came across is actually about the Sons of Mosiah while they were serving their missions:
"And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted. And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls." Alma17:10-11
"Now when our hearts were depressed, an we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." Alma 26:27
Even though life can be extremely hard and seem almost impossible, if we are are able to cheerfully endure the trials before us, God will give us success.
I love this work, and I love all of you!
Peter's apartment and his companion, Elder Petersen
Apparently his companion has a hard time getting up in the morning
I clarified...Peter's bed is on the right. :)