Monday we had a "Spring Cleaning" day for all the apartments throughout the mission, so that took up most of our day. That evening we visited with a less active member we ran into who lives in the same apartment complex as us. His name is Josh, and he's YSA age, so we will hopefully get him connected with some fellowshippers in from the YSA branch in the next week or so. He's great.
Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning and then exchanges for the rest of the day. Elder Whetton, one of the Zone Leaders, came to Maryland Heights with me. He's an amazing missionary. He's really talented on the piano as well! That evening we had a good lesson with Dorris, an investigator we've been working with for a while now. She had a stroke a couple of years ago, so it's hard for her to understand everything immediately.
Wednesday morning we did service at the food pantry in the morning, and then that afternoon we stopped by a part member family we've be working with. We had set a baptismal date with the daughter a couple weeks ago, and she promised to come to church on Sunday so she could be baptized. That evening we had Bible Study, and Josh, the less active, came with us! It was neat to see that he was sincerely motivated to learn more and come back to the fold. Sadly, we had to leave halfway through because there was a big storm, so President Morgan wanted all the missionaries to head home. It didn't turn out to be that bad, but I definitely enjoyed the thunder and lightning!
Thursday was a bunch of riding around on bikes for most of the day. That evening we had another lesson with Dorris, which was good. She mentioned that she felt very curious about what we believe and honestly wanted to keep learning more. We told her that that desire to learn was from God, evidence that she was on the right path.
Friday we weekly planned, got a new phone, and had a good visit with another part member family, the Walls.
Saturday we had Coordination meeting in the morning, and then that evening we picked up 3 new investigators! It was a family that we had fun into a while ago, and we finally got in the door. Nerman, the dad, is from Yugoslavia, Griselda, the mom, is from Mexico, and they have 3 kids. The daughter actually had picked up the Book of Mormon we had left and started reading it even before we had taught a lesson! We taught them the Restoration and are excited to keep working with them. After that, we were just about to turn in for the night, when Elder Vergara felt that we should go visit one more person. We did, and they ended up not even being home, but we talked to a young man named Jovanne who was really cool. We talked to him about the Book of Mormon for a little bit and then we felt inspired to ask him if he had any deep questions about life. He asked how we knew that God existed. We both testified to him of our own coming to know that He truly does live and love each of us, and the Spirit was almost tangible. It was amazing. We also left him with Alma 30, the chapter where Korihor denies the existence of God. He thanked us multiple times, telling us that he needed that. It was great!
Sunday morning we had a special session of Stake Conference. Our previous Stake President was called to the 6th quorum of the 70s, so we got to see the Stake Presidency reorganized. Sadly, Victoria wasn't able to come, which means that we will have to reschedule her baptism. It's sad, but we will keep working with her. That evening we stopped by a potential investigator's house and were able to teach him a short Restoration lesson. He said that he had been going through some stressful things recently, but that he knew that the Book of Mormon could help him. It was pretty cool that he already recognizes that wonderful truth!
As I look back upon this past week, I really love seeing all the miracles that happen in my life, and really everyone's life. It reminds me of the counsel of the Prophet Joseph Smith in D&C 123:17:
"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."
I know that that is so true. As we do our best, God is so much more able to shower blessings upon us and reveal His arm in our lives. As we look for those miracles that already happen in our lives (because they really are there in all of our lives), we will begin to see more and more how much our Father in Heaven truly does love us. I know that to be true.
I love this work, and I love all of you!
The Church is True!