Monday, May 4, 2015

many of the things you cannot count, DO COUNT.

just letting y'all know, Pdays will be on TUESDAYS instead of Monday starting next week.  so you'll be hearing from me then. :) 

well it has been a week.

Every investigator lesson fell through besides Peggy, who ended up dropping us.  She doesn't think she's ready, but she said she'll call us when she is.  

We taught Dipa, an 87 year old Hindu woman we met on the street. She is probably the sweetest thing in the whole world, but she can't read because she can't exactly see....and she is really hard of hearing.  :) the lesson was definitely a gong show.  We forgot to turn our phone on silent and our Sister Training Leaders called us.  Sister Moser thought she rejected the call in her pocket, but she actually answered it....and all of a sudden we hear, "hello?  uhhh....sisters?"  Dipa completely rejected the baptismal invitation.  But she said we could come back.  Soooo....we'll see where this goes.  

Something is going on with Mary's family, so she's out of town for a while.  

By Thursday, things were still looking really dismal for the week, we hadn't seen very many people and we really had no idea what to do.  We had a lesson set up with a family in the ward Thursday night, and we were trying to see what we could do beforehand (because our other lessons fell through).  There is a less active I hadn't met yet that we have been trying for AGES and it turns out that she lives near where we were going to be!  So we ran (literally) over to her house (we had no time to lose) and we knocked on her door!  We only had 5 minutes to share a message, and she was all over it!  We showed her a video and she told us that she has been exploring a lot of different things, but she has decided that Jesus Christ really is the way.  And she started praying again!  She's ready to come back, we're so excited!!!  

also....Friday, some more appointments fell through, and so once again, we thought we'd go see Janet, the escaped refugee from Africa who can't come to church because of Health problems.  She's so wonderful.  We had the thought that we should get her some hot chocolate from Tim Hortons, (and sister moser hadn't experience the beauty of Timmy's yet...) so we got her a hot chocolate and a muffin and headed over to see her.  I have a testimony that ANGELS ENCIRCLE US CONSTANTLY!!!  We have to walk through a pretty sketchy part of town full of homeless people (unfortunately, the percentage of homeless in edmonton is HUGE).  here we were, holding a hot cocoa and a muffin walking by all these people, and I so badly wanted to give them some food, but this was for Janet and we NEEDED to get it to her, we weren't sure why we felt so strongly about it at the time.  As we walked through, not one person came up to us or cat called us or anything (and let me tell you it happens every time we go).  We got through and I felt the spirit so strongly in my heart.  I could feel God's protection.  We got to Janet's finally, and read the Book of Mormon with her.  She told us that she knows that God answers prayers, because when she woke up in the morning, she felt really exhausted and hungry.  She said a prayer that God would send someone to bring her food that day.  my heart just filled with love.  It was such a humbling experience to see, firsthand, that God used us to answer someone's prayer.  We were instruments in his hands.  HOW COOL IS THAT??  man.  it's such a wonderful work, isn't it?  

We had Stake Conference, and one of the biggest things that stood out to me was this quote: 
"Many of the things you can count do not count; while many of the things you cannot count DO COUNT."  

It's easy for us to get caught up in to do lists and the tasks we need to get done, but the real joy comes in doing the things that really do count.  I don't think that Heavenly Father has checklists at all.  I think he finds the most joy when He can work through us to the blessing of others.  No, I won't be able to put these experiences into the numbers we put in every week for the mission, but I will be able to keep them written on my heart forever.  

"To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike." [Horace Mann]

I just love this gospel and this work, there is nothing in this universe that I would rather be doing.  
Onward, ever onward.  

Sister Jones

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