So this past week was crazy.
The work hasn't been everything it could be recently, so we decided as a zone to fast for the people we're teaching, for our areas, for help to know what we can do to be better missionaries, and let me tell you what! Fasting is REAL. God blesses us in ways we don't even think about.
So the first thing that started happening, was that we kept meeting people who were willing to let us use their names when we contacted people! Also, people who are willing to invite people to take the missionary lessons!! Wahoo!!!! That almost never happen!!!
Two days after that zone meeting we took two sisters in our zone on exchanges, and the one I brought to our area is new and hasn't had a very good start. I kept praying that she'd be able to see see a miracle while we were together. That afternoon, we were searching on a map for one of the Relief Society President's houses, but we couldn't find it ANYWHERE. After a couple minutes I felt like we should go to the house behind where we parked and then to one of our ward missionary's houses down the street. I ignored it at first because I was convinced it was just me. Then I felt the prompting a little stronger, so away we went. We set up a lesson with a part member family (hurray!) and then went to the other house. We walked up to him as he was mowing his lawn. The first thing out of his mouth "Sisters. There is no body I would rather see right now than you two. There have been a series of events that have happened today, and I know that you walking up to my house, right now, at this time, after the day I've had, is not a coincidence" and he had us sit down on his front porch. He told us about one of his family members who had fallen away from the church for the past 12 or so years, and about how their heart had been softened recently. The next day this family member would be moving into their home, and along with him were coming his fiancee and her daughter. He told our ward missionary that they were excited to start coming to church, and that because she and her daughter didn't know anything about the church, he wanted her to see temple square, and the conference center where "our prophet speaks to us."
We sat on that porch for probably 40 minutes while this man poured out his heart to us about how much he loves these people and how amazed he is at how the Lord has softened their hearts and prepared them. He's so proud of the one who fell away who is now returning to, and embracing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We sat there and cried with him. I know that they are being brought here by the Lord's hand. He is very much in the details of our lives, whether we realize it or not. If we ask Him to guide us each day, He will, but we have to listen to that guidance. I was so happy that this new Sister missionary could be with me for that experience, and I was also happy that these people were listening to the Lord's guidance. I know that every prayer is answered.
We're also teaching Katie from Korea, and it's difficult because she only wants to meet once a week, and we have to get the translator for each lesson. BUT THEN, last night Sister Santos and I, right when the lesson was totally about to crash and burn because she was confused and we just didn't know what else to say, were both inspired with a way to help her progress! First I realized that maybe she'd be better with reading English than listening to it, so I asked if that was true, she was better at reading to understand than hearing. Then Sister Santos asked if we could stop by and read with her in addition to lessons, to help her learn English and to help her study the scriptures. We tried it out for a little bit, and she probably reads out loud better than I do! It was so cool. Now she's not only going to progress with learning English, but she's also going to progress spiritually because of what she's learning from the scriptures.
THEN! Saturday night came, we had started planning for Sunday, and set a goal to find 2 new investigators Sunday, we had all kinds of plans lined up. We had stake conference this past weekend, so we weren't going to be in church form 9-4 like we usually are. It left us lots of time to go out and work. In the middle of our planning, we checked our phone, and saw that the Elders who are over the Tongan assignment (their area covers multiple areas) in our zone had texted and called us a ton of times.Through a crazy series of weird things that have happened over the past 2 months with the Tongan Elders and this man and some people from the Tongan ward, we were actually able to pick up 3 new investigators yesterday, and they are SUPER interested. There is a hotel in our area where a man has been living the past 2 months (it's a weird long term hotel, I didn't actually know those existed). He isn't a member of the church, and his wife and her son from China just moved here a week ago, and they want to learn more about our religion. They went to church yesterday and they said they felt "warm inside" while there.
I know that they felt the Spirit. I know that when we're willing to do everything God asks us to do, He'll bless us. I know that following Jesus Christ not only blesses the follower, but those the follower comes in contact with also.
I know that the only way these people could be found was because our zone was working together, not against each other. By all the companionships in our zone focusing on being exactly obedient and on helping each other, we've become very unified. Missionary work is not a competition about who's a better missionary, it's about doing everything we can to help out brothers and sisters who need the gospel in their lives. It's about finding those who have been prepared, and teaching them the truth we have been given by Jesus Christ, through prophets. It's helping them know that they can be close to God and they can look forward with faith, that because Jesus Christ died for them, they can be forgiven and they can live with God again.
We should switch the name from the South Jordan zone to the Zion zone.
Anyways, aside from that. We got a new stake presidency! That was exciting.
We (as in my and whoever my next companion is) are giving a training to our ward mission leaders and ward missionaries at the beginning of next month. I'm excited! We're going to talk about how we are here to help them, they're not the ones helping us. We're just a tool used to help with the harvest!
There's a scripture in John 4:37-38 and it talks about how bringing in the missionaries is just the next step! We're here to teach what we believe. But usually people aren't going to care about what we have to teach if they don't have someone who's invited them to hear us, and shared their testimony with them. Without a friend inviting, we're usually just freaky people that keep knocking on their door. And who wants to listen to something freaky people knocking on your door have to say? Usually nobody! So before we get to the door, make an invitation and make sure they know we're actually normal and that the message we have to share is one that will change their life, and that you've experienced that change yourself. And when you've started sharing the gospel with your friends, then call us up, and the lesson will be 4059834 times less awkward, and they'll probably be 32089132014 times more prepared than if we met them on the street or knocked on their door.
Anyways, that's all I've got for this week!
Be happy!! 3 Nephi 11:29 <- hahahahahahahahaha
Choose the right!! 3 Nephi 12:44-45
Be a good example!! 3 Nephi 12:16