Well we received the good news that both Sister Law and I are staying in Moore! This is my 3rd transfer here, so it will be good! We had a pretty crazy week. It seemed like so many appointments fell through, but the Lord helped us a ton! We had the coolest experience at church…4 investigators and 10 less actives came! I’m talking people we haven’t seen in months! I might have mentioned her, but we have a new investigator named Allswell! She is originally from Ghana, her home was destroyed in the May tornado, and her husband died a couple of weeks ago. She is amazing and has a super strong testimony of God. She came to church and enjoyed it! We started the Stop Smoking Program with Brother Robinson or we’re officially starting the 7 days tomorrow. He is excited… except for the unsweetened grapefruit juice he will need to drink. I made him a deal that Sister Law and I would both drink the juice everyday with him. He agreed pretty happily! haha He is telling everyone as well to pray for him. He stood up during our gospel principles lesson on repentance and declared to everyone that he is going to stop smoking and that he needed everyone’s prayers and support. Funny story from the week is when we were meeting with Bro. Robinson last Friday to introduce the program to him. We were sitting outside on a picnic table (he lives at a senior citizen home) talking about the 15 steps. An old man came up and kind of interrupted. Brother Robinson, being very missionary minded, introduced us to him and asked him if he wanted to come to church. The guy asked what we were doing and Brother Robinson told him. The old man started going off about how bad smoking is and what was happening inside of him. Brother Robinson started getting a little heated and said, “Hey hey…well at least I am not going out doing other bad things.” The guy kept going! Meanwhile, Sister Law and I are just sitting there trying to figure out what to do. Finally, Brother Robinson just sat up and told him to go away. haha It was just really funny sitting there watching all this going on. The guy did finally leave, and Brother Robinson got back to being his cheery self! Everyone else is doing well! The Niras came to the new Book of Mormon study class that our District started. They both bore their testimonies of how the Gospel has made them want to be better people! There were a lot of good moments this week! A miracle happened when one of our members just showed up at our door with about 10 bags of groceries…just because she was thinking of us! We were so shocked and soooo grateful for her! WOW!
This week, I was pondering the Book of Mormon and it’s purpose and effect. First off, the Mormon Message video called “A Book of Mormon Story” is amazing. If you go to lds.org and just search this you’ll find it! It’s the best introduction to the Book of Mormon. The more I have studied the Book of Mormon the more I have come to just know it’s true. I just know it. No doubt. That’s why we invite people to read and pray about it. One can’t know if something is true or real unless they learn about it. One skill I have striven to acquire out on my mission is the ability to make the scriptures, specifically The Book of Mormon, come alive! So, I am going to leave you with a challenge for the week. 😉 Will you…re-read or read 1 Nephi chapter 1? Ponder every verse. Picture it in your mind. Ponder Nephi’s statement at the end: “But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” I can promise as you do this, studying the scriptures will mean so much more to you, they will come alive and it will be easier to apply the teachings to your life. My thought for this week is simple, but life changing! The Book of Mormon has changed my life! Let it do the same for you!
Love you all!
1 Nephi 16:28-29