WHAT. A. WEEK.
So last week I talked a lot about trying to find people in every way we know how. That we tried everything and miracles flooded...well this week...even more miracles happened! We have been trying our best people. And we talked to every one and we were just waiting for a miracle...and this week it came. We got 1 really solid person to teach because of missionaries in another area..and then we got 2 really solid people to teach because a member had been a good example. Then someone just approached and started asking us a ton of questions and now they are learning about the gospel...And then some people we have been teaching for awhile, C... and H..., sky rocketed in their progression! Sister Holt and I are seeing the miracles here in the GKLM!!!
Sister Goodrich and I began teaching C... and H.... this summer...then sister Bailey came in and we continued teaching but we had lots of schedule conflicts..and then sister Holt came and we were able to see them a little more which was nice! but this whole time we weren't really sure where they were at with interest and learning. But then...they came to church for the second time this week..and in our gospel principles class they bore their simple testimonies. H... mentioned she had been pleading with God asking him what she needed to do and she felt like going to that class was another reassurance to her that she was where she needed to be. Why? Because the night before she had read all of Moroni...and She has highlighted Chapter 10 verse 5 which talks about how we will know the truth of all things through the Holy Ghost...and we talked about that in class...and the teacher has us open to that scripture and it was an additional testimony to her. THEN. C..... chimes in and talks about how of all the religions he has studied...none of them have actually given him the feeling of the spirit. That the spirit that we bring into him home is lasting and something he can feel and recognize. something that influences him to do better. And...on top of all that...they realized that it was the spirit that was testifying to them of truth. It was so wonderful of a reassurance to me that Sister Holt and I were being blessed for our efforts and that we were doing what the Lord Expected of us. That people felt the spirit through the things that we were saying. what a tender mercy to have that little pat on the back from our Father in Heaven.
The Lord is a miraculous teacher. And I am so blessed to have been in a position where I was willing and able to learn. What have I learned this week? A lesson of endurance...and a lesson of Obedience! As longs as we are being obedient and as long as we are doing our best and pushing forward through hard times or times of discouragement that blessings will come! The Lords timing is perfect timing.
This week one evening week we had one night that we had just 20 minutes to figure out what to do. it was 8:40ish dark and freezing. We had no idea what to do. But we prayed...and nothing came so we started driving. As we started making turns we were headed towards K..., the Indian man who has only been a member for 7 or so months. We thought it was a weird idea because we hardly get anything done because K.... goes on about his visions and all that...but we prayed and his name came to our minds again...then the idea to think of comforting scriptures came to our mind because K.... goes through a lot of interesting things with his neighbors harassing him. So we pick a scripture we felt impressed to share ....Doctrine and covenants 122:7 which is revelation given to Joseph Smith when he was going through a really hard time... It reads:
"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."
Now when we stopped by K.... seemed fine...we asked him how he was doing emotionally...he kinda of looked at us funny and said he was doing good. We shared the scripture he nodded and we left frozen from standing on his porch. We were confused because he didn't seem to need comfort or anything. But we felt fine with it because that is what we felt impressed to share with him. This Sunday he was talking in class sharing experiences of the Holy Ghost and he mentioned how we came over the other day...and that we were obviously inspired woman because he needed us that day and when we left he was listening to music as he kept thinking of "if the very jaws of hell" and as he was thinking he began to cry because of the pain he was in...and he didn't even know the pain he was in until he he found comfort in the scripture we shared. When he said that Sister Holt and I were shocked because of the humble testimonies we heard at church in class. I am so blessed. It is tender moments like these that make everything worth it. all the rejection..all the searching..everything. That not matter what..simple testimonies are the core of everything. So here is my simple testimony to you.
God Lives. God loves each one of us so much. Enough to restore his church and call a prophet to lead and guide us. The light is here. Our loving Heavenly Father has again given it to us. There is no need to guess anymore. I know these things are true. Because the Holy Ghost has graciously given me that knowledge.
Fun Fact: For all those who REALLY know me.. I am not a salad eater. Why? Because when I eat Salad..I feel like a bunny. BUT!! That is slowly changing. I will now WILLINGLY eat a simple salad....and..I will LIKE IT. Who would have thought the embarrassing days of rejecting salad would end? There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
This week we decided to knock on this one door; this man answered it and immediately took a defensive ninja stance.. and then said "Oh, I though you were someone evil" as we stared observing this old man.. he was wearing light blue pajama pants with holes in them... A t-shirt....blue flip flops....and here is where sister Holt and I got confused...he had an additional t-shirt wrapped around his head. the sleeves of the shirt connecting under his chin...he was a very interesting guy who proceeded to tell us about how he is all good but his neighbors need Jesus because they are demons....and that they bang on the side of his house and when he goes to look..they are GONE. So naturally we stop by his neighbors because he sent us there! We talked to the lady who lived there...her and her husband are in the ministry at their church....and she was super nice! Not interested...but nice! definitely not a demon.
HOLD THE MAIL THIS WEEK! Transfer calls this Saturday and there is a good chance I will be leaving..I have been in Corbin for 5 1/2 months. So I think my time here is almost up. But at the same time trainers usually train for 12 weeks. So it is really a toss up. so I would hold all letters until next week when I will let you know what's happening. :) THANKS! :)
quotes in Corbin:
"I named the dogs the color they are...so I got black and tan...and red dog."
"I broke my leg...yeah...at a funeral"
"Their from cold climates, They are like snow sharks, the cold can't slow 'em down" (about the missionaries in our ward. the two elders are from Idaho sister holt from Nothern Utah and me! )
Only one this week! thank you so much PAPA! for your letter! it made my day!!!!
I love you all so much! keep doing what you are doing! Have an awesome week!
--Sister Taylor Wagner