Family and Friends!
What a week! I am so excited to tell y’all about it and the miracles and love that are yet being poured out to the people of Norman, Oklahoma. We started off the week with a great Specialized Training given by our Zone leaders Elder Ravsten and Kennedy. Specialized Training is with the whole zone and is a two hour training given on a specific subject. We talked about working with all our “heart, might, mind and strength.” We went through the specific words and specified what each meant. I know that we can apply that with everything that we do. The Lord does so much for us and we should work to build up the kingdom of God with ALL our “heart, might, mind and strength.” That night we had a wonderful lesson with one of our less actives. I was able to talk to him about the Book of Mormon and commit him to “feasting on the words of Christ.” I said start by just reading every day. The more you do, the more you will be able to understand it, and get more out of it. He came up to me yesterday at church and said excitedly, “I’ve been reading every day and trying to feast…. but it’s pretty dang hard!” haha I was so excited for him and told him that we would do a Book of Mormon deep read for this week’s lesson. He also told us he was going to quit his job so that he could start coming to church! We are so excited for him and the trust he is putting in the Lord. Wednesday we were able to meet with another less active that randomly showed up at church. He said that he has a testimony and wants to come back, but doesn’t think he has the will power to do it. We had a powerful lesson on the power of the Atonement and that Christ doesn’t just make up the difference… He is the difference! We also met a new investigator/referral named Chase. He is getting married soon and is studying at OU. We dropped off the talk “Watch and Learn” from last general conference on marriage and he loved it! Thursday we were able to teach our investigator Joey and read the Book of Mormon with him. We talked about the importance of feasting upon the scriptures (scripture reading) and counseling with God (praying) to receive answers to our prayers. Friday is where the miracles started to pour. I was feeling a little down because we had had one lesson all week and I didn’t feel like we were having very much success. There are so many people in Norman; I knew that at least somebody, even one person, could be interested. I prayed for an answer and the answer of word I got was “work”. Sister Carlini went up to Moore for the weekend to do exchanges so it was Sister Zaleski and I alone… newbie power! We prayed that we would have a “powerhouse” weekend and would be able to see many miracles as we put in the work and that we would be lead to those seeking the truth. On Friday, Sister Zaleski and I tracted for 6 hours! It was 103 degrees and humid we found out later haha. We found 2 new investigators and taught 4 lessons with members present. On Saturday, we taught 3 lessons and found two more investigators! We were so excited. We went from 0 and 0 every day to this. It was truly a miracle and lead by the spirit. We really did, through the guidance of the spirit, find some of God’s prepared that weekend. I am excited to see how they all progress. We even ran into one of them in the library right before we started e-mailing.
There are so many stories and miracles from this week like promptings to knock on specific doors or things to say. All I know is that I am so grateful to Heavenly Father that we were able to be vessels for the spirit to find His children that He loves so much. I am so humbled that He called me to this place. It truly is the best mission ever. No doubt. I hope you all were able to watch the Missionary Training Broadcast yesterday. It reminded us of the importance we have as members to share the gospel. We are so blessed. It’s like talents. Sometimes one looks at others who have great talents and wishes they also had them. Sometimes we just think “well it’s theirs and they’re good at it, good for them.” We need to share that “talent” or the gospel and help others realize that they too can have it. The gospel brings joy and if you feel it don’t be afraid to share it.
The gospel is true. “Miracles happen to those who believe in them.” It’s true isn’t it? Faith is the power, the spirit is the key, obedience is the price, love is the motive and CHRIST is the reason. I know as we develop a deeper love for God that we will want to come into His open arms and not stop there, but bring others along. I love you all and wish the best!